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Meizu M3x | 2017 | Hands On | Meizu | Smartphones | Review | Unboxing | Performance – Gadget Times

Meizu M3x | 2017 | Hands On | Meizu | Smartphones | Review | Unboxing | Performance – Gadget Times

NETWORK Technology
GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2016, November
Status Available. Released 2016, December
BODY Dimensions 153.8 x 76 x 7.4 mm (6.06 x 2.99 x 0.29 in)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~71.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– Flyme 6.0
PLATFORM OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T880MP2
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.9″ sensor size, 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging (mCharge)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor
BATTERY Non-removable 3200 mAh battery
MISC Colors Blue, Gold, Black, Silver

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Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, July
Status Available. Released 2016, July
Body Dimensions 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm (5.73 x 2.80 x 0.30 in)
Weight 153 g (5.40 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
– Custom function back button
Display Type LTPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~72.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~423 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– Emotion UI 5.0
Platform OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 950
CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Mali-T880 MP4
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Camera Primary Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 35mm, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/2.9″ sensor size, 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, check quality
Secondary 8 MP, f/2.4, 1.4 µm pixel size
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DTS sound
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Features Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 47% in 30 min (Smart Power 4.0)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Misc Colors Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Gold
Price About 340 EUR
Tests Performance Basemark OS II: 2029 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2099
Basemark X: 16592
Display Contrast ratio: 1243:1 (nominal), 3.346 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -98.3dB / Crosstalk -97.3dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 70h

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Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, May
Status Available. Released 2016, August
Body Dimensions 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 3.05 x 0.30 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by, dual active)
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.7 inches (~74.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 5 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Asus ZenUI 3.0
Platform OS Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPU Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
Quad-core (2×2.4 GHz Kryo & 2×2.0 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 530
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64/128/256 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
Camera Primary 23 MP, f/2.0, laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps
Secondary 8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Features Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 40 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Misc Colors Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Shimmer Gold
Price About 690 EUR

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Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, March
Status Available. Released 2016, March
Body Dimensions 142.4 x 72 x 9.5 mm (5.61 x 2.83 x 0.37 in)
Weight 150 g (5.29 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~67.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Platform OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Mediatek MT6735
CPU Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T720
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Camera Primary 13 MP, f/2.0, autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Yes
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB 2.0
Features Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
Battery Removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 715 h (2G) / Up to 615 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 25 h (2G) / Up to 15 h (3G)
Misc Colors Gold, Grey, White

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Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, January
Status Available. Released 2016, January
Body Dimensions 142.4 x 71.2 x 6.9 mm (5.61 x 2.80 x 0.27 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~68.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– FitHome UI
Platform OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Mediatek MT6753
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T720MP3
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Camera Primary 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio FM radio, RDS
USB microUSB 2.0
Features Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2350 mAh battery
Misc Colors Marine Blue, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold
Price group 3/10

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Well, the ZOPO Speed 8 finally made it to the office. Not ringing a bell? Well, we can’t really blame you, but if you have heard of the first officially launched 10-core CPU device, this is the one.

Naturally, the first thing we did was put all 10 of them through our benchmark routine and while the results were impressive, the numbers weren’t really as spectacular as we had expected even in multi-core scenarios.

The appearance of the Meizu Pro 6 also didn’t help the general excitement levels about the Speed 8 and its Helio X20, since we saw the overclocked MT6797T Helio X25 inside the Meizu that finally managed to close in on the synthetic performance of rival chip offers like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Samsung Exynos 8890.

This, however, might provide us with the perfect opportunity to look a little bit more objectively at the ZOPO Speed 8 and evaluate its other qualities as a $300 mid-ranger. Let’s start with the exterior.

The ZOPO Speed 8 measures exactly 152.5×76.24×9.8mm and weighs in at 150 grams, which is fair enough for a 5.5-inch device. It is offered in classic black or white (well, more like silver actually) and its looks pretty good in terms of design with its rounded edges and metal-like finish on the frame. However metal-like is is about as far as the phone gets in terms of premium materials.

What ZOPO describes as a “Brushed metal look” is really plastic all around. We can’t really be sure what the “nano injection molding and spray coating technology is”, but the materials and build quality on the Speed 8 are not quite perfect. It’s not too bad for mid-ranger, but it doesn’t exceed any expectations either. Main issues we saw were the back that scratches easily and there are the visible mold points on all four corners of the frame.

Even the factory pre-applied screen protector seems to have a badly cut excess piece near one end, so corners were definitely cut. Other than that, the device does arguably look elegant with a clean front with no controls and nicely tucked-away speaker and microphone grills and an equally nice back with a slight sloping effect.

And while we are on the topic of hardware, some aspects of the 5.5-inc display are worth a mention. The FullHD resolution and IPS technology make for a clear and sharp picture. Brightness is around 460 nits. As for sunlight legibility, even at maximum brightness, glares and reflections are a bit too much for our taste. Our test rated it at 2.264.

The display may not be perfect, but there are still a lot of other details to like about the Speed 8. For one, you have a USB Type-C port, which can constitute as futureproofing. There is also a front-facing flash for low-light selfies and lets not forget the rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

It deserves a shout-out as it is not only always-on, but also very accurate. Speed-wise, we have seen better, but with an unlock delay of about a second, it is definitely no slowpoke.

The battery performance was quite disappointing. With a capacity of 3600 mAh, one would expect decent endurance but, the Zopo clocked in only 41 hours of total endurance rating in our tests. Both web browsing and video playback took a huge toll on the battery, hinting at some major software imperfections.

On a positive note, there is Mediatek’s own Pump Express Plus fast charging solution added to the mix for a quicker top-off. And if Zopo addresses the efficiency with a firmware update things might even look pretty decent. For now though you have to be ready for daily charging.

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Windows Phone has been starving for proper high-end mobile devices for quite some time now. To the US giant’s credit, recent efforts like the Lumia 950 and 950 XL have been breaking the status quo, there is still a long way to go. Thankfully, Windows 10 is a lot more welcoming to third-party efforts and Chinese OEM are not known to waste time when it comes to filling new market niches.

One such company, by the name of UMi, has now announced the UMi Touch – a MediaTek-powered handset that will sell for just $149 and is promising support for Windows 10, as well as Android. This is a somewhat new mix that is still in its infancy, but holds great promise. Windows 10 already has support for Intel and Qualcomm chips, but is only now starting to extend on to MediaTek, which are typically a bit cheaper than their Snapdragon alternatives.

The smartphone in question uses an octa-core MediaTek MTK6753 SoC, clocked at 1.5 GHz. It is backed up by a Mali T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM – decently powerful setup considering the lightweight nature of the OS. The display is a 5.5-inch LTPS one with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a 2.5D curved glass on top.

Onboard storage on the phone is 16GB and its camera setup consists of a 13MP Sony IMX328 main camera and a 5MP front-facing one. The whole thing is powered by a rather spacious 4,000 mAh battery and there is even a fingerprint reader thrown in the mix.

The UMi Touch is currently up for pre-order at $149.99, but it is worth noting that it will ship with Android 6.0 pre-installed. Currently, Windows 10 support is only a promise from UMi as a free downloadable ROM at a later point in time.

We can’t really say if the Chinese OEM will make good on said promise, but it does have a rather reassuring track record with its dedicated ROOTJOY program that brings pre-rooted versions of various supported ROMs to users, including exotic platforms like MYUI, FLY ME, 360OS and even WP8.