MEIZU MX Quad-core

Update: Looks like it's going to be available beginning June 30th, though MEIZU is still working out finalized pricing details.


Chinese phone manufacturer MEIZU revealed the first MX way back in September, noting that both a dual-core and quad-core version of the phone would be coming. The dual-core model came first, and was released on October 1. Today, they've officially announced that the quad-core model will hit stores in China and Hong Kong sometime in June.

While the phone looks virtually identical on the outside, it's (obviously) powered by twice the cores. While it's not the first quad-core phone we've seen, it is the first to be powered by something other than a Tegra 3 CPU. Instead, it sports an Exynos A9 CPU at 32nm.

MEIZU MX Quad-core

Otherwise, the specs are pretty similar: 4" qHD screen, 8MP rear camera, and 1700mAh battery. Also unsurprisingly, it runs "Flyme OS" UI, and ship with Android 4.0.

The MX quad-core will be offered in two models: 32GB and 64GB, and priced at roughly $425 USD and $630 USD, respectively. The company is also dropping the price of the dual-core model to $380, effective immediately.

[Source: MEIZU; Update: MEIZU via The Verge]

Full release:

HONG KONG – April 16, 2012 – MEIZU today announces the brand new MEIZU MX Quad-core smartphone to be available in June this year. Among many surprises, the MEIZU MX Quad-core is the first smartphone in the world to use the brand new and powerful Exynos A9 quad-core processor.

The MX Quad-core uses a power efficient quad-core Exynos A9 CPU with industry-leading 32 nm HKMG technology which has been optimized to reduce CPU power consumption by up to 20%. In addition, itwill last even longer with a new 1700mAh battery.

With its state-of-the art hardware, the MEIZU MX Quad-core is better in every way than its predecessor. The MEIZU MX Quad-core CPU is 60% faster, and GPU 50% faster compared to the previous MX. Whether it is browsing through menus, playing the latest games, or watching 1080p video, the MX Quad-core easily beats dual-core devices.

MX Quad-core comes with a vivid 292 PPI high definition ASV display. With no visible pixels on the screen, it provides the user with the ideal smartphone viewing experience. On the back side, the MX Quad-core has an 8 megapixel BSI camera with an f/2.2 lens aperture, capable of taking great photos even in low light conditions. The MX Quad-core will come with MEIZU’s unique Flyme OS based on Android 4.0, providing users with beauty, simplicity and buttery smooth performance at every interaction.

The MEIZU MX Quad-core will be available in MEIZU’s 400 retail stores during June at ¥2999/3999 CNY and $3099/4099 HKD for capacities 32GB and 64GB in Mainland China and Hong Kong, respectively. With MX Quad-core, the company also releases MX back covers in five colors in addition to the original white, allowing users to experience the MX on their own terms. Coinciding with the announcement of MEIZU MX Quad-core, the MEIZU MX will have its price adjusted to ¥2399 CNY and $2599 HKD in Mainland China and Hong Kong respectively. The reduced price for the MEIZU MX is effective as of April 16, 2012.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Glenn Tan

    Is it just me? Or is the phone sexy to some extent?

    • Dion T.

      Not just you, but I'd like to know where can I get the meizu mx, I don't mind buying one of those beasts for my big brother, gonna wait till the 16th...

      • Dion T.

        Lol we're April 16! Gosh I'm lost!


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Definitely some sexy was brought.

    • Timonoj

      Sexy as hell. And nice and thin and lightweight. Slightly (a hair) thicker than my galaxy S2. The screen feels really nice, and the icons in the touch buttons rotate with the orientation (landscape/portrait mode). I just fear the screen isn't gorilla glass. Without that, I'm afraid of how many bumps this thing would resist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

    So the mythical Quad-core Exynos makes it's debut here? I would have thought Samsung will parade this chip in their own product(s) first. Anyways, this leads credence that the next gen tabs/phones from Samsung will follow the dual-core 2.0Ghz A15 architecture...surely they wouldn't have wanted someone else stealing their thunder right?

    • Jon

      The quad-core exynos has already made it's debut on the Galaxy S III international version, just not for the US. I am waiting for either Samsung's next gen hardware with LTE or qualcomm's quad core S4 with adreno 320 in a Nexus phone.

      • Idon’t Know

        Why. Android OS and apps barely make use of dual core much less quad core.

  • J Rush

    Quad core Exynos? Benchmark results please!

  • ElfirBFG

    Erg. Love the phone, want the phone, bummed on the 1700mah.

  • fixxmyhead

    should be badass if its rocking exynos

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

    Wow. Those are some sweet prices. They are trying to shut it down, wow.

  • Jesse Clark

    Is there any chance this will run on American bands? T-mobile, I wish.

  • sky stanojevic

    Need.... some.... benchmarks lol :)-  
    this phone looks freaking awesome,only one thing i would of liked to have is a Bigger screen then the smaller 4" .. is it 4.3 exactly or just 4"? 

  • sky stanojevic

    Where can i buy the dual core version for $380 online?.. 

  • Al Mcdowall

    Hi Guys,

    I have a question about the quad cores. Sometime in the next year I might buy a new phone to replace my HD2 (still running very well!) I was thinking HTC OneX (although sense puts me off a little bit) but could be interested in the Meizu MX.

    The only thing is Tegra. Having a phone with a Tegra processor obviously opens up all the Tegra specific games/apps. Is there a good reason to choose a quad core which is not Tegra?

  • SagarParikh

    Woaaah! The Meizu MX looks so iPhone 3GS... chinese will be chinese! LOL
     btw... not willing to appreciate by heart, but yes, the display looks so sharp and clear, its awesome!

  • sky stanojevic

    a QHD display?.. wack.. is it HD at least or no?..and is it pentile?.. quad core exynos sounds awesome tho

    • astria

      no, the resolution is 960x640, same as iPhone 4/4S...

  • astria

    Official spec is 32nm quad core MX5Q Cortex-A9 1.4GHz with Mali-400... Meizu neither confirms or denies that it's an Exynos

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Unless, you know, you look at their own press release.

      • astria

        and the press release is dated April...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Does that somehow make it less valid? They knew it was Exynos even then.

  • Spamcorral

    The prices are not "being worked out", they're long decided.  In Hong Kong, they're approx. $400 and $530 for the 32GB and 64GB, respectively.  In the PRC, the prices are $475 & $630, respectively.  Taxes are high on the Mainland. 

  • fixxmyhead

    Screen is too small

  • Jaysann22

    This will never make it to the US. Apple would defecate bricks...

  • njren

    The processor is the Exynos 4412:


  • Idon’t Know

    Here's a list of all the S 4 popular features that don't work but add bloat and lag to the phone.