A lot of eyes may be glued on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III announcement, but across the ocean another notable Android 4.0 handset has just been announced. Meizu has just made their MX Quad-Core official and ironically, it claims to be the first smartphone ever to ship with a Samsung quad-core Exynos processor.
If you previously haven’t heard of Meizu, you probably will after seeing their latest effort. The MX Quad-Core is an upgrade from their previous effort the MX and the makers state that the new variant will offer a 60% CPU speed increase and a 50% GPU performance increase.
Based on the sole image that Meizu has revealed on their website, it looks like the MX Quad-Core is going to come with a customized version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but unlike other customized versions – we love the look of this which Meizu are calling the ‘Flyme’ OS.
Other specs include 1080p video support, an 8 megapixel camera, a 292 PPI high definition ASV display and a 1700mAh battery. Going back to the Exynos processor, the A9 chip featured in the device may well turn out to be the exact chip that Samsung will equip the Galaxy S III with. However, there’s plenty of whispers already that Samsung won’t want to play second fiddle to their Chinese counterparts, so we may actually see a brand new version of the Exynos chip which is exclusive to the Galaxy S3.
You’ll be pleased to hear that the Meizu MX Quad-Core will be available in a choice of five colors, but getting your hands on one may prove to be a problem. The device will only be available for Hong Kong and China markets initially, with pricing already confirmed. Starting from June when the device will go on sale, you’ll be able to buy one for ￥2999/3999 CNY and $3099/4099 HKD for a 32GB or 64GB version respectively. To give you a rough idea of how much that translates to USD, you’re looking at $400 for the 32GB version which isn’t bad at all.
We’re liking what we see so far, so we’re going to keep our eye on this one and let you know when we have further details. We want to check out that Flyme OS in greater detail, so hopefully Meizu will release more images soon. As far as ‘China clones’ go, is this the best effort you have seen so far? Let us know your initial impressions of the device.