Meizu mx3

The main element of the attractiveness of Chinese smartphones – low cost. She justifies borrowed or missing design compromises in hardware, sometimes average quality. This is the case with the market as a whole, but there are exceptions.Meizu MX3 does not require any concessions – the device is original, has an excellent stuffing and endowed with unique features.Flagman without reservations with adequate price tag.



 Operating system Android 4.2 c shell Flyme 3
 Screen 5.1 "IPS Sharp New Mode 2, resolution 1800h1080 points, PPI 415, 1000:1 contrast ratio, maximum brightness of 450 cd / m technology TOL, energy-saving technology PSR, protective glass Gorilla Glass 2
 Processor 8-core Samsung Exynos 5410 (4 core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and 4-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7)
 Graphics processor PowerVR SGX 544MP3 (533MHz, 3 cores)
 Random access memory 2 GB DDR3
 Built-in Memory 16/32/64 GB (there is a modification to 128 GB, but it is not yet available)
 Camera 8 megapixel (BSI-sensor Sony Exmor, IMX179 CMOS chip, the photosensitive element 1.4μm), speed: 20 frames / sec; 5 lenses, aperture F/2.0, angle 74 °, the function "instant filter" video recording 30 fps 1080p, panoramic photography, feature HDR, face recognition; Front Camera – 2 megapixel (sensor Sony), video recording 30 fps 1080p
 Wireless Technologies Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, 2.4GHz/5GHz (max. speed 150 Mbit / s), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (in models with 32 GB or more)
 3G/GSM Us GSM/GPRS/EDGE/3G (WCDMA) / HSPA + 850/900/1800 MHz (2G), 850/2100 MHz (3G)
 Connectors Micro-USB (supports USB-OTG), 3.5 mm jack for headphones and headsets
 Housing plastic, removable cover
 Battery 2400 mAh
 Dimensions 139.0 x 71.9 x 9.1 mm
 Weight 143 g
 Additionally sound chip Wolfson WM5102, sound enhancement technology Dirac HD, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS, electronic compass

Packing set

Neat white box with a valid minimum labeling has become a classic for Meizu. Top of the lid see the model name, the logo on the edge, the bottom – two official sticker. Packing hints how high the manufacturer appreciates simplicity.


Inside Boxing booklet carefully laid, the mediator for removing the cover and an AC charger. Certified for our market Meizu MX3 receive European plug adapter. Also aids supplied user-guide with the most important information in Russian.


Extremely austere set of phone, Micro-USB cable and documentation hiding in the booklet. The first few pages tell about the key benefits the device, then our eyes the phone itself. The solution is interesting, wow-effect in the process of unpacking certainly present.


Design, housing

Meizu MX3 not blame faceless – the device has received memorable appearance. And let some of the features are very similar to the products Apple, iPhone 3G and iPod touch 4G, yet Chinese designers have managed to create a holistic, complete device. An important feature of the image became Meizu smartphones with front panel inscribed in touch button LED, here it is supplemented by a huge 5.1-inch screen, occupying virtually all of the living space.


Meizu MX3 tricks for all creators still large. For clarity, I compared it with the iPhone 5, a noticeable difference in size.


The phone is very thin, only 9.1 mm, the effect is further enhanced by reducing the thickness back to the faces. Smooth gloss cover inevitably scratched, but thanks to white scratches are not very noticeable. Passes along the edges of the metal edging, it combines aesthetic and functional purposes. Unlike the previous model, the heating of the metal in the modes increased load does not cause discomfort. The last element of the faces – a thin plastic frame and framing glass front panel.

The rear panel is removable from Meizu MX3, but his battery – no. It is not clear why this is necessary, especially as the manufacturer does offer interchangeable back covers.

Phone Colors

The fastening system back kind, creators apparatus clearly not considered the possibility of frequent replacement cards (or cover).It is assumed that for dismantling enough to overcome the metal clip mediator, they raise the cover, and then release the hooks along the edge. In fact, much easier to use a knife blade. Talk about the possibility of changing the card operator in Meizu MX3 "on the move" does not have to.

KNife and meizu

Controls, Connectors

Actually have a classic set of controls, but with one caveat – the only touch button below the screen performs several functions.Average press returns you to the home screen, swipe from the button to unlock the device screen, and in the shell corresponds to a "back." Moreover, holding a finger on the button for a few seconds, you lock the screen.

Bttom switch

At the top end put the power button. It is made of transparent plastic (white backing), suitably extends above the plane of the housing and has a good move. That’s just get to it in a typical finger-grip the phone is very easy. Well at least in most cases helps  smart sensor.


Volume rocker also made of transparent plastic is located on the left side. Right-handed so a little less convenient than the right, but increasingly it is a matter of habit. Finger easily groping blindly button.

Connectors Meizu MX-3 are placed at the ends. Top standard jack 3.5 mm headphone jack, Micro-USB below to display support for MHL. There is also the microphone hole.

The rear panel accommodates the camera module with flash and a second microphone, logo Meizu MX, as well as an external speaker slot.


Screen unreservedly great. Matrix IPS Sharp New Mode 2 with a diagonal 5.1 "has a resolution of 1800×1080 pixels (415 ppi) and displays 16 million colors. LCD is the technology TOL (sensor and glass are a single module), has excellent viewing angles – the colors are not inverted even at very acute viewing angles, and a maximum brightness level of 450 cd / m is also worth noting that the minimum brightness is very good for reading in the dark. Protects the screen and at the same time the front panel tempered glass Gorilla Glass 2.


The only thing that can be confusing, so it is atypical for permission. Vertical screen lacks 100 pixels and up to Full HD – 1920×1080. In practice, there are no problems with the screen does not occur. All the software is scaled to fit wonderfully, most movies anyway sin black stripes. But, keeping an acceptable aspect ratio pixel display at Meizu MX3 slightly wider classmates.Believe me, it is very useful bonus.


Meizu MX3 made a very powerful hardware platform, being among the most productive of smartphones in 2013. The heart of the unit became 8-core Samsung Exynos 5410 (4 core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and 4-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7), made on 24-nanometer process technology. The same processor is installed in Samsung Galaxy S4. Responsible for processing graphics chip PowerVR SGX 544MP3 (533MHz, 3 cores).

Benchmarks meizu

2GB of RAM, of which after the machine freely about gigabytes. According to this parameter flagship Xiaomi Mi3 with 1.5 GB of RAM available out of competition. Memory data storage card is not expanding, so we’ll have to settle for 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of internal (depending on the model chosen). By the way, NFC module modification in 16GB version is missing.

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In the test, the machine fills AnTuTu 24086 points ahead somewhere, and somewhere losing donor iron Galaxy S4. But tests – tests and performance in real-world scenarios Meizu MX3 always enough. The interface is very smooth, even impetuous, most demanding games fly, the camera shoots very quickly. There are no hints on the optimization problem. Expected heat is present, but to call it a critical drawback I can not. This week smartphone use only twice got hot, but not enough to cause real discomfort.

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It should be mentioned that in smartphones Meizu provided "Power Saving Mode". It limits the maximum speed of the processor and several extends battery life of the smartphone. Most of the time I have it was included on most tasks it has no effect (but in the benchmark result falls to 14237 points).


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As the main camera Meizu MX3 an 8-megapixel module with Sony Exmor aperture F2.0. Since image processing algorithms have their Meizu talking about quality photos from the Japanese company can not, but still a smartphone camera is very decent. In good light conditions the pictures are realistic and sophisticated. Evening and even in the dark, too, can shoot, and let the pictures will contain noises. Automation copes with the evaluation stage, focusing occurs quickly, but not always accurate (in such situations helps touch-focus). Removes the device quickly, supports simultaneous video recording and photographing.

The front facing camera is also from Sony, the module has a matrix of 2 megapixels. With it, no surprises – will fit perfectly for video and bows himself beloved.

Shell framed camera is extremely simple. On the official panel handed down the power button flashes, change the camera (front or back), select the shooting mode (auto, panorama, macro, text, portrait) and the settings menu.


You can manually set the level of IOS (50-800), white balance (fluorescent, outdoors, incandescent), configure shooting photos and videos. On the menu is worth visiting at least for inclusion of color filters, they correct the image in real time and made quite accurately. Panel filters in case of uselessness can quickly hide.


Videography pleased possibility pause, but saddened by the lack of zoom. Meizu MX3 writes visuals in 1080r/30fps quality level.

Sample images:



Machine is used to non-removable battery capacity of 2400 mAh. By today’s standards it is not a record, but even with the voracious iron quite well. Manufacturer provides these figures are indicative:

  • Talk (auto-switching between 2G/3G) – 14 hours
  • In the Wi-Fi-surfing – 10:00
  • In the 3G-surfing – 7:00
  • In video playback (720p, maximum brightness of the screen) – 7:00
  • In music mode – 40 hours
  • In standby mode, t – 429 hours

In fact, the phone lives a full day in the active mode and use about two to more gently. In my scenario, which calls for about an hour, hour and a half of web surfing, reading books and Pocket, regular monitoring of Twitter and RSS, chat in Viber and Skype, a little music, camera and games, Meizu MX3 surely lived to the evening. If you activate the power saving mode in the settings, autonomy increased by 10-15 per cent. Charging from the mains lasts a little less than a half hour.


Sound of Meizu mx3

One of the selling chips MX3 became sound chip Wolfson WM5102. Marketing – it’s fine, but the difference from the competition in the upper echelon of the sound is, and palpable. Smartphone certainly not ready to compete on equal terms with audiophile equipment, but even experienced users will be satisfied with a vengeance. Especially if you use good headphones. I tested the unit with the Marshall Major, they played well.


Software component technology is presented Dirac HD, audio enhancement feature can be activated in the settings pre-set player.Available in three profiles (for some models recommended headsets), each audio path colors differently. More fine-tuning sound possible 5-band EQ, there are 4 typical pre-set.



Cell module works with a network card and supports 2G (850/900/1800 MHz) and 3G (850/2100 MHz). The quality of signal reception no complaints, as well as a typical telephone capabilities. The other party can hear well, earpiece also provides reliable sound. One has only to note that the maximum speaker volume is sufficient for a noisy environment, but there is no stock.

Dual-band Wi-Fi module complies with 802.11 a / b / g / n, is the mode of the access point. Antenna connection keeps well.

GPS on Mx30

A-GPS/GLONASS works on par with other top smartphones on Android, except that it is desirable to conduct a preliminary fix (calibration) with disabled Wi-Fi. After satellites detected very quickly.

Android and Flyme 3

In Meizu MX3 installed not the latest Android 4.2.1, but with its own add-on Meizu – Flyme 3. Course, this is subjective, but for me, the system has become a real discovery. A pure Android has its charms, MIUI affects forethought and functionality, and Flyme – this is a great aesthetics and built a cult of minimalism. And let something sorely lacking in the system, for all its charm forgive.

Lock screen little information. It shows a clock, control buttons and a string of notifications and a minimum of icons. No quick launch, with weather information similarly.


Desktops combined with the application menu for ordering programs are encouraged to use daddy a la iOS. One of the tables marked as a home, and the rest are labelled in Latin A, B, C and then alphabetically. Can vertical scrolling space. Applications are hosted tiled 5×4, lower fixed panel accommodates up to 5 icons.

Notification panel includes five toggle settings (long press does not open the system settings), a drop-down menu Wi-Fi networks and cellular module modes, as well as a list of notifications system and programs. Clean it can be a one-touch. Like many other components Flyme, virtually devoid panel settings toggle list can not be changed.

Swipe multitasking bar rises from the bottom edge of the screen. Similarly implemented in MIUI, instead of slides used preview programs and signatures. Relegating the application up, close it, a similar gesture closes down all programs, clearing memory. Zero-screen multitasking panel can place frequently used programs, here configured brightness level and turn on auto.


Initial settings menu hidden battery consumption and memory applications. To display them, you must enter the code in the dialer * # * # 6961 # * # *

As a useful complement to the unit package cloud Meizu. To activate them, enough to create an account (just a few steps). With Web Tool Flyme (in Chinese) can locate the phone, remotely activate the search mode or erase the data. Very unusual, but the account Flyme also required to obtain root rights. You need to look into the sync settings Flyme and "Open access to the system."

Traditionally Chinese shells Flyme design can significantly change the topic. In the embedded store their myriad available. A couple of examples:


Out of the box in the smartphone the most basic set of preinstalled software. Most of it is very simple, but has a nice interface and copes with its main task.

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Meizu MX3 was very charismatic machine. Me personally, he bribed body evoke nostalgia for the iPhone 3GS, chic display system Flyme and perky management implementation.

While it may seem that different swipe, long tapas and other tricks with a single touch button unnecessary, to the control circuit used quickly. The only thing I continually confused, so a system of keys unlock swipe up the screen. This gesture shows the home screen bypassing the lock screen, and how the idea is not bad, but he tripped me always. Maybe it’s the film (which is not really asked to be removed), but even infrequent failures drove all the charm of unlocking to naught.

Ergonomics of the device – is subjective. In my rather big hands he lay like a glove, allowing without the discomfort and risk of dropping the device to use it with one hand. Given the diagonal 5.1 inch is a very important moment. Volume button is not in place (on the left side, and not on the right), but it is not difficult to get used to. Power top is actually out of reach – the developers obviously pushing the user to use multi-function buttons below the screen.

Housing plus white back and black front panel liked. Smooth plastic has good "tenacity", which reduces the risk of dropping the device, scratches and fingerprints on it is not very visible. Premium appearance lacking, but it’s bearable. The theoretical possibility of replacing the cover – a definite plus, but too wisely opening system – minus. Kill at least do not know why so complicate things.

I never thought "marks", realizing that happiness is not in them, and judged on smartphones real speed. So, Meizu MX3 very fast.The combination of a powerful stuffing and optimized software makes it easy to perform tasks without worrying about jerks, failures, opening duty applications. Flyme despite austerity (me, as the owner of the iPhone 5, so you will not catch), liking – as for me it is one of the most beautiful and comfortable shell for Android.


Meizu MX3 – a balanced flagship. Iron at the level of the best smartphones of 2013, decent camera, great sound, a huge display.He has many distinct advantages and almost no disadvantages. Great solution for the boom of technology, and for the average user. I recommend to buy.

Rating Meizu MX3

Design 7/10
Build Quality 10/10
Ease of use 9/10
Options 7/10
Performance 10/10
Display 9/10
Camera 8/10
Software 9/10
Autonomy 8/10
Functional 9/10
Overall Rating 8.6 / 10
 Value  Limitations
Productive iron Difficult dismantling cover
Screen 5.1 "in a relatively compact package No memory card support
Ergonomic design
Good camera
Excellent sound thanks to the DAC from Wolfson
Multi-function button LED
Superstructure Flyme and free services company
Adequate price tag

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