Meizu MX3: a high-end Chinese smartphone for just over $400

  • The Meizu MX3 is available in China with 16GB at a price equivalent to just over $400.Photo courtesy: AFP RELAXNEWS/ Meizu

(Relaxnews) - An increasing number of Chinese manufacturers are offering smartphones to rival high-end models from Apple or Samsung, at least on paper. Meizu hopes to grab a piece of the action with its new model officially announced this week, equipped with a high-resolution touch screen and state-of-the-art components.

Although they may not be the first brands that come to mind for Western consumers, Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei are among the global leaders of the smartphone market. With its MX3, Meizu, a brand that is hardly a household name outside of Asia, exemplifies a recent trend of Chinese manufacturers offering high-end smartphones at prices defying all competition.

The model features a 5.1" touch screen with 1800x1080 pixels, for a particularly high resolution of 415 PPI. On the inside, the MX3 packs an Exynos 5 Octa processor, an NFC chip, 2GB of RAM and internal storage of between 16GB and 64GB. The smartphone is Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G compatible.

The proprietary operating system, Flyme (version 3.0), is actually a skin running on top of Android.

The Meizu MX3 is sold in China at the equivalent of $410 (around €310) for the 16GB version. There is no word yet on international availability. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS), 2013.