The Chinese mobile market is an interesting thing. There are a lot of low-end phones, but there are a number of premium handsets always in the pipe that really couldn't work anywhere else – they usually look like iPhones and have somewhat unusual features. Such is the case with the new Meizu MX3.


This device has a 5.1-inch 1800x1080 screen, which is 15:9 instead of 16:9. Around back is an 8MP camera and a smooth rounded casing. The internals are decidedly high-end. There is an Exynos 5 Octa from Samsung, 2GB of RAM, and 16-128GB of storage. All that fits in a lightweight magnesium frame just 9.1mm thick. There's a single home button at the bottom.

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This is an Android phone, but good luck finding out anything beyond that. This phone runs Meizu's Flyme 3.0 skin, and that's where all the emphasis is being placed. It doesn't even list the underlying version of Android anywhere I can see, but again, this is for the Chinese market.


The Meizu MX3 is going to sell for the equivalent of $410 for the 16GB model, all the way up to about $650 for the 128GB one. It will probably never hit American shores in an official capacity, but it's still neat hardware.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • ProductFRED

    $650 for 128GB is actually super cheap. The Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB was around that much when it first came out.

    • master94

      I really want a 128GB model to come to the US. Can't understand why we seem to be limited to 16 or 32 and in the rare occurrence a 64 GB model

      • ari_free

        yeah, it's the one spec that never seems to progress

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Because the carriers will charge you $800 for the 128 GB.

        • MATOZ

          Maybe more...

    • Cerberus_tm

      128 GB of storage actually has a cost price of around $12 or so, so a price increase of $240 (!) for 112 GB extra is hardly cheap. It's a mark-up of around two thousand percent.


      • ThorsWrath

        Not to nit pick, but the price and the picture posted refer to 64Gb - GigaBits not GigaBytes - 64Gb is 8GB

        • Matthew Fry

          That's not a nitpick that's a big deal. 96 bucks for 128. It still shows how ridiculous the pricing structure is. +16GB is 24 bucks but it is usually a price difference of 100 or more.

          • blast0id

            yeah, because all the businesses I know make profits by selling stuff @ cost... brilliant!

        • New_Guy

          ...aaaand school is officially in session :).

        • Cerberus_tm

          Whoops I apologize, I totally missed the small b. I found another source saying it costs "less than $0.60" per GByte, so that would be a 257 % mark-up (should cost $67.20 extra, actual price difference $240, that's factor 3.57~).

    • herbivoor

      Yeah, about the same price as the Ubuntu Edge that also has 128GB. Oh wait...

  • Guilherme Santos

    Meh... they should've gone Snapdragon 800.

    • jonathan3579

      They've consistently used Samsung's processors. A Google search on their products would have informed you of this.

      • Guilherme Santos

        And they are sentenced to never change, I suppose?

        • jonathan3579

          Your opinion does not always reflect what a company or it's users want. You stated your opinion as a necessity for them when they've clearly got a model that's done exceptionally well by using Samsung's processors.

    • deltatux

      Not everything has to be a Snapdragon 800. The Samsung Exynos 5410 "Octa" works just as well. I for one want to see more SoC diversity, good on Meizu for being different.

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    I'm digging the aspect ratio.

  • jonathan3579

    They just shit in a lot of manufacturers premium flavored Cheerios. Chinese manufacturers are seriously upping the ante this year.

    • Thomas’

      It looks good on screenshots - but never judge an OS before seeing the animations and transitions. These make a good design.

      • blast0id

        yeah because I'm sure no one will ever make a custom rom for this device... so I'm sure you'll be stuck forever with whatever the hell "Flyme 3.0" is //sarcasm

        • Thomas’

          Except that your post doesn't target my statement at all:
          Good luck finding a major custom rom for a phone which is completely unknown in the western world.

          • zanzee

            It runs MIUI, so it's a polished custom rom already. Meizu supports MIUI. Getting Cyogenmod for these should be trivial at worst.

          • blast0id

            way to be positive there buddy... or should I say Debbie, as in downer?

  • Tomen8r

    Exciting for global development. I love this stuff!

  • chicken dance

    i'm guessing that this have something todo with the phoen?


  • Adrian O.

    Hey, look, it has the iPhone home button, and the iphone looks. Oh, and the iPhone lockscreen... And maybe the icons too.
    I love when Chinese manufacturers are so original.

    • Thomas Gladdines

      iphone icons? seriously please format your pc and destroy all your digital equipment and never enter the internets again :P

      Microsoft and google started with minimal icons and apple copied it from them after that a whole lot later, and now mx does the same, so what exactly did apple invent?


      And the lockscreen patent from apple is not worth discussing it fits the description of the above thing in caps and mx doesn;t have a slide to right to unlock as far as I know btw lol

      And I love the mx home button btw it's a touch for home and swipe(left/right) for back and recents. So it's not just a ugly dumb home button like apple has, I have to stretch my thumb to the top left on these damn iphones >.>

      And MX made phones before android and the iphone existed so who's copying who?

      And yes this post might be kinda of a rage, maybe androidpolice should block all the apple devices from their site :P

      • Stocklone

        OMG, I want that home button on my phone right now. The Samsung home button on my Note II feels x1000 more lame than it already is. Damn it, that is absolutely brilliant.

      • Chris

        Dude, come on. Relax. We all know that Apple made the internetz. Wait, nevermind.. That was Al Gore.

      • Adrian O.

        To not enter Internet again? Why? Because I've stated the obvious? Because I've said that at first glance this looks like an iPhone? Guess what. It does.

        Have I said that it's a bad thing? No.

        I've never said Apple invented those icons. I've just said what i thought when I saw the images.

        It has on-screen buttons, except the one single, round button on the bottom. That's just like the iPhone's home button.

        It has the iPhone's status-bar icons and design.

        It has the iPhone's iOS 7 lockscreen design.

        It has an iPhone-like launcher, with icons scattered all around the homescreens, and no app drawer.

        Oh, and I'm not an Apple fan. In fact I hate them. I'm using Android since version 1.5.

        So please go drink a coffee, a tea, or something, and calm down. I can have an opinion here too, not just you. And no, I won't leave the Internet. I like it, it's warm and cozy.

        Have a nice day.

        • Carlos Paixao

          Chinese manufactors dont give anything for iOS things. Chinese style and design exist early than iOS or even Android. Meizu software is Android based now, but, being fair, generally, chinese people likes "Apple-ish" not just because design, but for status. And this is not only for China, in fact, is a characteristic of BRICS - the same phenom can be observed on India and Brazil, ie. I am not trying to defend Meizu, but no one can tell they are copying anything. They are following what its local market asks.

        • Thomas Gladdines

          warm and cozy, hmm I guess that's the kind of internet I end up at late night xD

          And this phone lockscreen UI is based on the previous one which was there BEFORE ios7 lol

          And the bottom button isn't a button it's a touch button with swipe gestures as I said before :P the on screen buttons are just extras :P

          And statusbar? clock centered: nope, this statusbar deisgn was there before on flyme os before ios7 ever saw the day light ;)

          All I can say about apple products: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV591SjkgDg

    • duckingham

      yeah, it's shouting "iPhone" all over the place.
      for a moment I thought this one is iPhone 5w (wide) , lol :D

  • hello

    Magnesium chassis? Lightweight, but it would be quite spectacular should it ever experience battery explosions.

  • Mario

    I wish TouchWiz looked that good. Samsung take note!

  • https://plus.google.com/117835128512042732749/ Tyler

    I will be getting that, whether it means buying it off ebay or personally flying to China to get one ahahaha

  • herbivoor

    Why are there almost no Flyme OS roms out there yet? This is gorgeous.

    • someone755

      Make a port yourself :P It's a lot like porting HTC Sense or Touchwiz, just not so "OEM-y"

  • Dillon Lawrence

    I'm actually dealing with Meizu right now to rebrand the phone and maybe release it in the U.S. and UK. That's all I can say. It may/may not happen.

    • someone755

      No way dude, the average consumer is way too dumb to even comsider a Meizu phone, nevermind the awesome spec-sheet and build quality.

      Also, if we can get a fully English FlymeOS, you'd be the first one I'd thank.

      • Dillon Lawrence

        It won't be available under the 'Meizu' brand. It still in the negotiation stages. I know it sounds far fetched but I am in contact with their international business representatives.

        • someone755

          Well anyways, the average customer = WOW DAT TING GOTT SPEECZ!!! So, naturally, Sammy is leader of Android OEMs...

          • Dillon Lawrence

            No, I agree but obviously rebranding the phone from Meizu will make it much easier to recognise in English speaking countries. FlymeOS will also indeed be ported to English.

          • someone755

            YUHHSS!!! Now if only I could be able to port from a 1800*1080 to a 720p screen xD

          • Dillon Lawrence

            Don't get too excited :)

            It's in negotiation.

          • someone755

            I'M EXCITED :D

          • Dillon Lawrence

            The deal's off. Negotiations failed.

          • Ivan Myring


          • Dillon Lawrence

            I can't say. Maybe next time but It's over.

          • Aleksey_US

            Did you f it up?

          • thewriteguy

            Why port FlymeOS to English? Seriously, I'm not aware of it and would it really be a selling point to the US market? Would you try to get a version of it sold with a clean, stock version of the latest Android?

          • Dillon Lawrence

            @thewriteguy and @someone755:disqus - it's not going to happen. The deal's off.

  • baconslayer09

    The UI looks like #HOLOYOLO and iOS 7 had a baby. Not sure what to think...

    • someone755

      It's awesome. Think that. Like MIUI, but FAR better.

  • Martin P.

    Flyme 3.0 = Android 4.2 ! (source : http://www.meizu.com/products/mx3spec.html)

  • DoubleP90

    I want it :D

  • hyperbolic

    What a great looking phone.

  • Stacey Liu

    I'm digging that weather widget.

  • night Budweis

    I LOVE 15:9