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[Heated Fight] After OnePlus' Jab At Samsung, Meizu Copies A Page From The Same Book And Offers To Swap A OnePlus 2 For A Free Meizu Pro 5

For a company that sells so few phones, OnePlus sure knows how to make the biggest noise with the smallest thing it does. Building on controversies propelled it to the top of many tech news cycles, but it seems that its marketing department has calmed down a little lately. The latest trick to come out of it is #TakeTheEdgeOff, a swap offer for Samsung owners. It sounds compellingly obnoxious, except that on the OnePlus scale of crazy, it's a moderately bland jab.

They're not asking you to destroy your phone, but to donate it to a charity. And not everyone can get involved, only 50 "winners" will be selected, though I'm not sure winner is the proper term when you're exchanging a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5, for a OnePlus 2.

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Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Invests $590 Million Into Smartphone Maker Meizu

Alibaba runs a global e-commerce site that is one of the most visited in the world. Now it wants to get into the smartphone business. If this idea sounds funny, remember, Amazon has been trying to do the same thing.

But Alibaba is taking a different approach. Rather than come out with its own brand, it's reportedly purchasing a $590 million stake of the existing China-based smartphone maker Meizu. According to Reuters, this is a minority stake in the company, not enough to give Alibaba control.


Alibaba already has an operating system in mind for Meizu's phones. It develops YunOS based on the Android Open Source Project but releases it as an alternative, similar to Amazon's approach.

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Meizu MX4 Quick Review: Step Into The Weird World Of Popular Chinese Smartphones

If you've never heard of a smartphone maker by the name of Meizu, that's understandable. (Even though we actually reviewed their first Android smartphone about 2 years ago.) That's because Meizu, despite selling some phones outside of its home market - China - does no advertising and has very little press outreach in the western world.

Meizu's latest phone, the MX4, sells in mainland China for under $300 (1,799 Chinese Yuan) in 16GB trim. Now that the smartphone enthusiast world has been opened up to the incredibly competitive pricing of Chinese phonemakers via OnePlus, though, this doesn't sound especially crazy.

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The Meizu MX4 Flagship Has A 5.36-Inch Screen From Sharp, A 20.7MP Camera From Sony, And An OS That's Totally Not From Apple

Chinese manufacturer Meizu has unveiled its latest flagship device, the MX4. It's a high-end, 5.36-inch phone that spares no expense in some components, but seems to go a little down market in others. The 4th-generation MX4 will be available later this month in China starting at 1800 Yuan (about $290) for the 16GB version, with the 32GB and 64GB versions going for 2000 and 2400 Yuan, respectively. eBay and other official import shops are pre-selling the 16GB model for $449.99.


It would be hard to deny that the MX4 is inspired by a certain i-Product, but then, Meizu has never been shy about their Apple aspirations.

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Meizu Says Existing Samsung Exynos Chips Can Be Upgraded To HMP 'True 8-Core' Via Software, New Hardware Not Needed After All

Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it was bringing Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) to Exynos 5 Octa chips. Samsung didn't clarify if HMP would require new hardware, but that was the implication. Now Meizu has unexpectedly announced the Exynos 5 Octa chip in its recently unveiled MX3 will be getting HMP through a software update.


All Exynos 5 Octa processors until now have used cluster migration to manage the ARM big.LITTLE cores. That means either the four high-power A15s are active, or the four low-power A7s are cranking away. There was no way to mix the active cores from the two CPU islands.

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Meizu Unveils The MX3 – 5.1-Inch 1800 x 1080 Screen, Exynos 5 Octa, And Up To 128GB Of Storage

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.

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Meizu MX 4-Core Review: It's Like Sticking A V10 In A Ford Pinto

The Meizu MX 4-Core is a truly interesting phone. And as an extention of that, Meizu itself is an interesting company. Founded by Jack Wong, it gained international notoriety when its M8 smartphone drew unwelcome comparisons to Apple's iPhone, particularly from Apple's lawyers, resulting in an early end to its production run.

Meizu claims to be fully vertically integrated - manufacturing, marketing, and selling its phones, a start-to-finish philosophy that results in decreased overhead and more control over its products (it should be noted that Meizu does not actually make all of the components in its phones, however). And the reason it has gone that route is probably obvious to everyone at this point: Mr.

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[Update: Winners] Win One Of Two Meizu MX 4-Cores From Meizu And Android Police

Update: The winners have been selected. And they are are:

  • Grand Prize
  • Evgeny Moryatov, via Facebook
  • Stan Tan, via Twitter
  • Runner-Up
    • Johnathan Higginson

    Android Police and Meizu are giving away one of two brand-spanking-new Meizu MX 4-Core smartphones, and one Meizu grab bag.

    The Prize

    Two lucky winners will receive a brand-new Meizu MX 4-Core, the latest smartphone from Meizu. These phones are currently only available in China, so this is a rare opportunity to grab one of these devices before its wider debut. Here's what it's packing:

    • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
    • 4" LCD qHD display
    • Android 4.0 with Flyme OS overlay
    • 32GB internal storage
    • 8MP BSI rear camera, 0.3MP front
    • 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps (pentaband)
    • 1700mAh battery


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    In addition, one more winner will receive a Targus backpack stuffed with Meizu merc and various goodies.

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    [Update: Available June 30] MEIZU MX Quad-Core Release Date And Price Officially Announced: Landing in China And Hong Kong In June From $475

    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.

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    ... Goes Down For Mysterious Reasons, Company Says Business Unaffected

    Meizu, the Chinese electronics manufacturer best known for making a splash this year by announcing its own quad-core device built in-house, took down its site for unknown reasons earlier today. We reached out to the company to find out what's going on with its site. The company responded to let us know that the site will be back soon, once it's been cleaned up to "comply with local regulations."

    We are currently cleaning up our forums and wish to stress that all our other business areas are fully functional. We are working to bring our websites back online as fast as we can, but do not know exactly when we will succeed in doing so.

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