Meizu Pro 5 – one of the most interesting novelties of the year on a combination of price and performance, and at the same time the most productive smartphone on the market at the moment. Achieve this was not so difficult: the cost to install a powerful processor, fast memory, and to abandon the absurd, in my view, undertaking to use a display with a resolution 2560h1440 points smartphone. And once with the speed of the Meizu flagship everything is clear, I suggest go to the careful study of all the other parameters of the smartphone Meizu Pro 5.
What is it Meizu Pro 5?
The smartphone Meizu Pro 5 has 5.7 inch Android 5.1 with a processor with Exynos 7420 as the flagship of Samsung smartphones in 2015 (as well as fast memory LPDDR4 and flash drives UFS 2.0, the fastest currently on mobile devices). At the same time, and is very close to that of a Meizu MX5, and surpasses it in great detail. Equipped with a slot for nanoSIM and the second, which also can take another nanoSIM or microSD card of up to 128 GB. It happens in versions with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory (like the one on our review) and 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage. The model is focused primarily on the geek audience: one that understands the importance of scary words LPDDR4 or UFS 2.0 and turns the nose to the Chinese brand. The smartphone is equipped with a 21-megapixel main camera and a Sony 5-megapixel front. At the time of occurrence in our hands in the Meizu Pro 5 is installed shell Flyme 4.5, but the version on sale will have a Flyme 5. Which had the opportunity to try on the presentation of a smartphone, but not yet – to experience live.
With his design?
In my opinion, the designers came to the question of the appearance of their flagship Meizu Pro 5 review with such a position that it is necessary to do good as people like, but not worth the risk. What is it like geeks? Metal trim assembly, simple colors. Take the all-metal cover, do not the demountable body, thin, compact! To add a pampered black or white version of the front panel, for the girls geeks – a gold cap. Voila! I think that’s what created the appearance of a leader. Or just took MX5, and even slightly stretched.
Among the flagship, this fall phablet 5.7 inches Meizu Pro 5 Get the most compact and lightweight. Although the bypass ratio and compactness of the area of the display to the housing news August Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + and Note 5 device failed.
The camera Meizu Pro 5, as it should be a decent camera in a slim smartphone, slightly bulging. A thin slits in the metal, operating more decorative function than practical (I’ve been searching for, where they walled communication modules, which through the metal is not so easy to transmit and receive signal), on the contrary, are buried in the body.
All hardware keys smartphone Meizu Pro 5, despite the fact that this is just a sample, made so perfectly that they want to use without stopping. Location them convenient volume control buttons and the screen lock button are located on the right side (left retracted only under the card slots).
Key home with a fingerprint reader Meizu Pro 5 located below the screen and a single button to control Android. For the rest of the interface has Flyme gestures. For example, to go back, you have to touch the key “Home”. To lock the screen, just press and hold it for a while.
But the speaker Meizu Pro 5 is not as impressive as we would like, despite the praises of the quality of its sound on the presentation by the company. It is necessary to take the smartphone in your hands to play or watch a video, it is immediately clamped his hand. And, in principle, to the musicality Galaxy S6 (all like this model) it away. No squeaks, no beeps, sounds decent publishes over other competitors not ashamed – and that’s thanks.
Audio output is at the upper end. Next to him – a microphone and a pair of black strips of plastic. Presumably, the same cherished antenna.
Meizu Pro 5 – the first smartphone in my hands with the connector USB Type C. Evidence of Captain asked me to mention that a balanced connector – it’s incredibly convenient. The downside – charging cable is necessary to carry everywhere because of another such as USB Type C does not become a mass, anyone. One day, I was faced with a situation where the test sample I hung tight (yes, with samples this happens often because the software they usually raw). I went to visit for a long time, and for some reason it was fully confident that the smartphone will be back in operation after contact with any laptop. But no, because I have a cable with a has not appeared. That was the last time I left the house without it.
What about the fingerprint reader?
I first use the smartphone Meizu with the fingerprint scanner. Before that, I’ve to deal with that in the devices Apple, Samsung, Huawei, HTC. The first three companies have implemented this feature efficiently. But with the speed of response of the scanner into Meizu Pro 5 can not yet be compared one. The sensor reads at the time of touch instantly. I believe that to outdo him in speed can only shiny new iPhone 6s / 6s Plus. At the moment, the scanner allows you to unlock the device and make payment purchases. But I have not experienced with any service, allowing to pay for purchases in this way.
But as the screen something?
Part of the audience was seen outrage at the display resolution Meizu Pro 5. Like, where 2K? Why so few? Display of new items Meizu Pro 5 with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels has a pixel density of 386 ppi. For comparison, the iPhone 6s – 326 ppi, from iPhone 6s Plus – 401 ppi. In my opinion, it removes all questions to the pixel density in view of the fact that in the past, and now Apple products sets the standard for the industry. In numbers, the maximum brightness of the display is close to the level of 300 cd / m2. This, to put it mildly, modest figure. I expected the display Meizu more, although sometimes suffers Super AMOLED brightness. In practice, neither the Chinese smog or Brussels in the morning or in the grim Kiev, I have not met the sun, which would make the screen unreadable. Summer is not soon. And winter is coming – and re-test was not performed gloves.
In the display settings Meizu Pro 5, you can change the smartphone color temperature.
This is a useful option for those who notice the imperfection of colors on the screen. By default, the user receives a traditionally “cool” image for the traditionally wide Super AMOLED display color gamut.
In the color temperature, which seemed to me the most natural, the colorimeter showed the following results.
Maximum “warm” the screen looks like this. In the end, I settled on this setting, because the technique can not be fooled, the most accurate color reproduction here.
In general, the colors here are bright, juicy, the contrast tends to infinity thanks to the ideal black. Display Meizu Pro 5 incredibly responsive and high-quality coated with the oleophobic coating. By the light sensor no complaints. The layer of glass covering the screen (and rounded at the edges, like the iPhone last two generations), so thin that really have the feeling that your finger glides across the image.
And the battery?
After a few days of use Meizu Pro 5, I got used to the fact that the smartphone is not necessarily every day to put on charge overnight. Discharged to 10% of the battery is enough to fully meet the exploits of a new day as much time as I needed to shower, breakfast and makeup. I like that in this we concur with him. Just use a complete charge.
As for autonomy, then, as I expected, the model has remained within the same digits as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge +. This is an average workday, ceiling – half of the day, if you do not play games, do not abuse the camera and get round player. In general, in a spherical horse in vacuo. Given the fact that in recent years, I too am often on the move to new places, even in the power saving mode for longer days smartphone I do not live. This figure should improve by 11% with a yield of 5 Flyme.
All benchmarks Meizu Pro 5 takes first place. But it can be predicted already in the table characteristics. Processor Samsung, which has got this model is a very powerful and modern, memory, there is also the best, and Meizu Pro 5, with its simple screen, requires fewer resources to work with. Therefore, not only in synthetic tests but also in the life of the interface “flies.” I managed to install the software in the smartphone fifty (do not ask how or why, everything has to be), a few toys such as Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3 for the test. Carp, in principle, there is nothing. I have no idea who and why you may need a version with 4 GB of RAM, given the fact that the smartphone has a slot for a microSD place under the second SIM-card, and the performance of 3-gigabyte version with a missing head. Is that in the power saving mode Real Racing 3 occasional twitches. But for fans of the games have a “balanced” and “Performance” mode, so that here, too, do not weep. Under load, while playing the body of the smartphone does not overheat.
Our sample, as well as the subsequent “box” version, is running Android 5.1, Google Play and the firmware for the global market there. The rest of the services Google, of course, will have to install yourself.
Since Flyme 5 to us have not yet arrived, and the review Flyme 4.5 we already had in the review of Meizu MX5, for example, to repeat, I will not be here. But I will write about some of their experiences.
I have long been enjoyed smartphone Meizu, so when the device is picked up, re-mastered all the gestures to control the device. I personally like when the phone Meizu Pro 5 has a physical button “Home” – so less likely to overshoot and the space bar to drop the main desk while typing and messages. Also in the shell Meizu unspeakably happy absence of all kinds of stuff from the manufacturer.
In the absence of other usual buttons for android not grieve. However, even after 10 days of continuous use patterns subconsciously trying to find them. The new version Flyme, remember, a lot of promises percent growth rate interface, some buns in content from content producers (the Chinese market will receive from the local players, the other where there is content from Sony, will receive content from the company). And most importantly – it will be more similar to Android 5 and older. And this I also really looking forward to because somehow managed to get used to Material Design, and this machine to me oh how is not enough. And in Flyme 5 will increase the number of icons on the desktop: Still 4×5 grid is too small for the 5.7-inch display.
I like that in the interface Flyme have such familiar features as unlocking the screen by double-tapa, but using a fingerprint scanner, it is not necessary. In general, from the gestures I have the impression that they thought cool and comfortable, but it’s not something to get used to that life. And it was now not a stone in the garden of Meizu and garden industry as a whole. We are here, among other things, all waiting for from the developers of the incredible, mind-blowing and chic ideas, without which life used to be dull and joyless, and all of them do not.
Yes, and here again, although it was written in the report that the sound in the headphones smartphone just excellent – there is a separate audio chip. And in the budget version of the model is not a headset, but you can buy (in the know, whether this “can” our country) smartphone with a good headset EP 31. Or even at a special price with the acoustics.
What about the camera?
Meizu Pro 5 is equipped with a Sony Exmor RS IMX230 – one / 2.4-inch 21-megapixel sensor with laser autofocus, video recording at 4K (30p) or FullHD, but in slow motion. The same camera is installed, for example in the Moto X Style, which, in principle, on their photographic ability is not complaining. Focus Speed – 0.2, shooting – 0.7 s. The front facing camera 5 MP.
I had already on camera in the report with presentations Meizu Pro 5. grumbling against night shooting and shooting in low light were completely fair – with the other flagships (except perhaps the HTC One M8s, which was absolutely not the star), it can not compete. But during the day it is a miracle as well. And in the close-up, in principle, too, does not disappoint. Even in dubious conditions is not blurred objects are obtained from the first attempt, and generally without any claims. Regarding the fact that the camera takes off quickly in motion and not the result of smears (as claimed, in fact, Sony in the description of the characteristics of the sensor), I can not say anything with certainty. But it seemed to me, which was just under my hand LG G4s exceeds Meizu Pro 5 through capturing “in haste” (example photos in original resolution).
The camera interface is extremely austere.
I do not want that you have the feeling that the camera device is worthless. No, she is very nice and does not make the user time to think about what and how to take pictures, to get good. In my view, it corresponds to the capabilities of the flagships of the previous generation, while the Samsung, Apple, and LG managed to make one more step forward in mobile photography. And the new firmware has a chance to rectify the situation for the better, as the device has potential.
And what are the alternatives?
In the segment of high-end smartphones to give advice on the choice of a particular device at the same time and always terribly difficult (because everyone has their own likes and favorite brands) and it is very simple. For example, in this case, there are two key questions: you are important to the brand and the camera was the best? If so, this model is not for you. You need some Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + or LG G4. or the new iPhone. How are things going with the camera from Sony Xperia Z5 (and along with terms of sales), we have not tested, so that we will not advise. If you’re a geek, or simply a more relaxed attitude to the brand, and to count money like, we can suggest an alternative to this model – a Nexus 6P. Smartphone manufactured by Huawei. Apparently, to simply cancel the camera. With the new Android 6.0 out of the box and about the same money. And his display with a resolution of 2K, which can greatly amuse vanity, user. The smartphone is also packaged in a metal case and is available in several colors. The most obvious visual difference between this flagship is the location of the fingerprint scanner – it is behind, both Huawei Mate S. In principle, under the conditions when the scanner is working well (and Huawei with this all very good), the location is not so critical. I really wonder whether he would support the regime trackpad, which is at Mate S. If so, such an arrangement is justified in two ways. It is also interesting when people from our country will be able to assess the merits of Android Pay. But that’s another story. And in the context of this comparison, it is worth mentioning the protection of Meizu, that Meizu Pro 5 has a slot for a memory card, which is always short Nexus’s. But it also acts as a second slot for SIM-card. And the size of his modest, but on such a scale is not so noticeable.
If you are choosing a leader repels not only on the diagonal of the display, as the price and performance, we suggest you also look at Samsung Galaxy S6. The smartphone had a little bit cheaper, so enters the competition to Meizu Pro 5 on price and stuffing.
Verdict: Meizu Pro 5
For a couple of weeks of use Meizu Pro 5, I did not have any claims to the device it was, except that of autonomy, which this year is still not up to par at all flagships. The unit is bright crazy, has a pleasant and responsive display with a good color, naturally in the hand (in so far as it can do 5.7-inch smartphone) and does not suffer from the overheating of the body. Those who have spread their blood for the device, without a doubt, will attract more and financial side of the issue – it is accessible to the rest of the top smartphones this year. Also, Meizu Pro 5 is waiting for a nice upgrade proprietary shell. There is only one thing that the device loses to competitors (not imaginary, as the resolution of the display) – photographic opportunities that are very good, but not amazing. But I think the price could sweeten the pill.
5 reasons to buy Meizu Pro 5:
- it is one of the fastest smartphones on the market at the moment, and yet still have a version with 4 GB of RAM!
- It is the most affordable smartphone with similar characteristics steep;
- he would like, and a second slot for SIM-card has, and memory card slot is also there;
- sound in the ear headphones worthy of an audiophile, but you’re just a music lover;
- nothing superfluous in the shell there.
3 reasons not to buy phone Meizu Pro 5:
- you know what is about to get a smartphone can be had on Android 6.0, so other options you are not interested;
- do you think that should be the flagship smartphone display is the highest resolution available at the time of its release;
- for your camera in a smartphone – this is important, and you will choose the best device for this parameter.