The title is just a figure of speech. But one thing that we can be sure of at the moment is that the new Meizu MX4 is so fast that you may need a parachute to slow it down. Okay, that’s another figure of speech. My bad.
The Meizu MX3 is the current quiet monster that no one knows due to the hype and dominant advertisement done by fellow Chinese rival, Xiaomi. To those who knows, Meizu MX3 is a beautiful little monster that packs a strong punch with its Samsung Exynos Octa-core CPU but runs with dual quad-core processors at 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz respectively. Now another quiet monster, which I would call a “kaiju” category 4, will be arriving to Malaysian shore soon.
Why do I call it a monster and why at lightspeed? I can’t write about it, but I will let the picture do the talking.
The fastest mainstream monster like the Galaxy S5 or Note 3 or HTC M8 have a score between 30,000 and 40,000 on Antutu Benchmark, but the new MX4 scores at freaking fast 52,811. It is the fastest smartphone made by a China company and is the fastest anywhere, globally. The test version of the device is said to be only a mid-range unit that is using a Mediatek MT6595 with ARM big.LITTLE chip on board together with LTE connectivity. Now what the heck is “big.LITTLE” chip architecture?
Simple explanation is: “ARM big.LITTLE is a heterogeneous computing architecture coupling (relatively) slower, low-power processor cores with (relatively) more powerful and power-hungry ones. The intention is to create a multi-core processor that can adjust better to dynamic computing needs and use less power than clock scaling alone.”
In layman’s term, it is a combination of two (2) separate sets of quad-core processors with two different speed frequency. Technically, it is an octa-core but runs at two different sets of speed. So in the case for the Meizu MX4, it runs at 2.2Ghz on the power set, and 1.7Ghz on the “relaxed” set of CPU. The processor is backed by an improved PowerVR G6200 (600Mhz) GPU to run the graphics. Now remember, this particular test set is only a mid-range version of the new Meizu MX4. The top-of-the-line MX4 Pro is rumoured to use the new Samsung Exynos 5 Octa-core with the similar big.LITTLE architecture that runs at 2.1Ghz and 1.5Ghz respectively. As for the graphics, it uses Mali-T628MP6 which in my opinion is slightly better than PowerVR based GPU.
Little more on the upcoming Meizu MX4, the display is said to be a 2k display with 1920 x 1152 resolution at 5.4″ screen. The pixels per inch is above 500(ppi), so you will get a sharp crystal clear eye candy on the go.
Talking about display, the MX4 is coming with the new Flyme 4.0 OS. Xiaomi have their own MIUI, Meizu have Flyme. Everyone is going with the “Flat IU” kind of look nowadays with Google coming with their new Android L, which is going to have the flat look as well. Flat UI was first made popular by Windows OS especially with the Nokia Lumia series. It is then being adapted by other smartphone manufacturers to make their system more cleaner and beautiful. Honestly, I like flat UI. And Flyme version 4.0 is all about Flat UI. It looks good. Really good.
If you’re thinking of getting the new Mi4 by Xiaomi, you can also consider this Meizu MX4 as an alternative. The price for Xiaomi Mi4 (with Snapdragon 801 CPU) is going to range between RM1,200 to RM1,300. At the other side of the coin, the Meizu MX4 is probably going to be priced at a lower range between RM1,000 to RM1,100.
So now we are going to have two new “kaijus” coming up, choose wisely.