Meizu 20130902 invitation

China’s handset maker Meizu has made a name for itself by mimicking Apple aesthetics with its inexpensive yet nicely spec’d MX handsets.

With local brands such as Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi halving Apple’s market share in the important 1.33 billion people market, Meizu is hoping to steal spotlight from Apple’s upcoming September 10 iPhone event by scheduling a major media event of its own on September 2.

The company is apparently gearing up to introduce the third-generation MX handset, the MX3. If a series of leaked press shots and the ‘Think Big’ tagline are anything to go by, the phablet will be a crossover between HTC’s One V and Apple’s iPhone. And as per usual, Meizu shouldn’t disappoint in the hardware and design departments…

As noted by AndroidCommunity, Meizu’s September 2 event has been confirmed on the company’s official Sina Weibo account.

With a massive full HD 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution screen measuring 5.1 inches diagonally, this thing is a phablet. As a bonus, it’s going to have a LED-illuminated Home button and an ultra-thin bezel.

The front looks a bit familiar, especially the top section.

Meizu MX3 (front 001)

Wait, the back is also familiar (hint: HTC).

Meizu MX3 (back 001)

The device is apparently 139.9mm tall, 70.9mm wide and just eight millimeter thin. For reference, Apple’s iPhone 5 measures 123.8mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6mm.

On the hardware front, the MX3 packs in Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa Processor with 2GB of RAM and includes a 13-megapixel camera. For what it’s worth, watchers expect Apple’s iPhone 5S upgrade to include a thirteen-megapixel iSight camera with dual-LED flash for improved night shooting.

The MX3 should come in 32GB/64GB/128GB storage varieties and run a forked version of Android 4.2 called Flyme 3.0 OS.

You’re unlikely to see the MX3 sold internationally, however. Its predecessors, the MX2 and MX1, were also sold in the Chinese market only. That’s little consolation to Apple’s iPhone which has been under tremendous pressure lately from both Samsung on the high-end and China’s local brands on the mid and low-end.

With that in mind, priced aggressively, Meizu’s high-end handset stands a chance at banking on the global popularity of smartphones while undercutting Apple in the huge and predominantly price-sensitive Chinese market.

Unless, of course, Apple’s mid-range iPhone materializes come September 10.

By the way, isn’t it high time Apple offered a 128GB iPhone?

By the way, it’s going to be a busy September.

Not only do we have Samsung unveiling its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and a third-generation Note tablet on September 4, but Tech Crunch Disrupt and Intel Developer Forum will both overlap with Apple’s press conference.

  • CollegiateLad

    Meh…

  • Ahmed Elkab

    People always forget, cheaper handset means cheaper materials so more risque of toxins, non healthy substances, non health-safe minerals…etc etc
    Also risque of electric shock, fire, or whatever consequences.
    not to mention, hardware related exploits so risque of being hacked.

    • Whut?

      Whut? Risque Whut Lungage is thut sur?

      • felixtaf

        Lol.. You created an ID for this.. lol…

      • sivkai

        Takes about a 2 minutes to create a new ID :p

      • Kurt

        lol…you checked to see if he created an ID for this :-p

      • felixtaf

        lol.. Jus place ur mouse pointer over the profile picture near the comment.. He had one comment and 7 votes at that time…Simple…

      • Hyr3m

        He meant “Risk” and I’d like to see you write in French as well as he writes in English.

        Although I really don’t agree with him… It’s cheaper because it’s not overpriced like Apple’s products… which despite being expensive are really crappy and cheap (hence “overpriced”).

      • Whut?

        Vous aimeriez voir me parle Monsieur le français?

      • felixtaf

        Google translate – “Want to see me talk Mr.French?”. Right bro???

        Google translate is really nice for people who dont know foreign languages…

      • Hyr3m

        Google translate is really nice for one word or a few words but never rely on it for whole sentences if you don’t want to look stupid ^^

      • Hyr3m

        That sounds about as right as this would in English : “You like would see talk my English the Mr. ?”

        -> Not even close… and that guy didn’t even use G-Translate! But thanks for trying, troll.

  • Nasser Cedeño

    I want this phone . forget About The iPhone 5C.. lol

    • Shiguang Zhao

      really?!!

      • Nasser Cedeño

        Nah Just Kidding ..:)

  • I honestly just want an iPhone with a bigger screen and the design of 4S/5 device and being water resistance, but that’s just me. Then I’m all set.

    • sivkai

      I don’t think water resistance is a top priority for most Apple customers. Also Apple have made it clear that they won’t increase the screen size any further.

      • I was not trying to speak for everyone else. I was simply stating my own opinion.

        Too bad they have to milk out their products another 5 years before we’ll see anything like this.

      • Hyr3m

        And in 5 years you wont want this 2013 antique…

        In other words : Apple f*cked themselves while shooting themselves in their own feet .

  • Riaz Toorabally

    Maybe its cheap and fragile.. but, it sure does look better than an iphone 5. wish that was an apple product.. Apple have become slightly boring.. I mean iphone 5 isn’t exactly a stunner nor is ios7 for that matter.. The only thing that really makes an Apple product shine above the rest is the high quality level of their products..

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    looks nice

  • Shiguang Zhao

    Only Prototype Figure….

  • sivkai

    Don’t really care for this phone, but that illuminated capacitive home button! G’damn…it’s beautiful. If only the iPhone 5C would have that :/

  • n0ahcruz3

    Its gorgeous! Other OEMs are starting to get better with their design. Samsung not included.

    • Shiguang Zhao

      LOL~Samsung Out! lol~

  • f1ght3r

    Who cares about a shitty iphone knockoff?

  • Mike

    lol that wallpaper on the first photo, exactly like iPhone’s wallpaper.

  • Chris Zhu

    I’m a Canadian-born-Chinese(living in China right now), and I have yet to see someone using this phone.

    In China, most people use Samsungs (cheap and lots of ‘gimmicky’ features that appeal to us), others use iPhones xD

    • Hyr3m

      You have yet to see someone using this phone because what you’re looking at are leaked images… They’ll officially announce it on September 2nd so no wonder you haven’t seen anyone with it : it’s not on the market yet.

      Samsung’s flagships are far from cheap… And you can just say “features”; the fact that you think they’re gimmicky is your personal opinion… Every friend of mine who switched from an iPhone to an Android (even one that switched from iP4S to SGS2) swore they would never ever touch an Apple piece of crap again… They love the additional useful features and they’ve opened their eyes as to the “gimmickyness”, lack of intuitiveness/crappy interface and general lack of common sense of iOS.

      Apple has reached its peak a few years ago… now it’s in constant decline and even though they seem to be trying hard (and I salute that if they do release a low-range iPhone in addition to their mid-range flagship) the tide has turned for them and it’s only a matter of time before they go back to their early 90s scale…

      • Kurt

        You need to start writing for this blog. Give these sheep another point of view of the world. When Samsung has the features Apple Gayboys I mean Fanboys say gimmick. But now that two of their features are tweaks in Cydia everyone is loving them. Popup Play(VideoPane) and the one that deals with you looking away while watching a video and it pauses

      • Hyr3m

        Yeah… talk about “religious” bias and hypocrisy ^^

        Chris Zhu didn’t even realize that you were agreeing with me and actually voted up your comment xD

        Despite all the time I spend on here I wouldn’t really want to associate my name with a “redaction team” (if we can call it that) that is mostly biased and very often completely off the point (or just factually wrong).

        Btw, by writing in the comments section I’m kind of already writing for this blog 😛

        Very often you can see stupid blog posts (in any blog) and smart comments that bring a lot more to the table than the initial blog post.

  • anonymous

    better than iPhone itself !! xPp

    • Hyr3m

      You’ll have to admit it’s not really hard to make something better than an iPhone xD

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    My next iphone

  • Nirvana

    Damn those Chinese

  • Saif Fersi

    I guess it could still be sold worldwide on ebay right?

  • Kaptivator

    Maybe now people will see the need for the 5C from Apple’s point of view…Just maybe.

  • JulianZHuang

    Chinese, king of copying and bootlegs

  • seyss

    battery life 20 minutes

  • Gorgonphone

    lame

  • Zoki

    I am owner of Meizu MX2 model, have it 2 months already and I am more than satisfied! Hardware is excellent, 4.4inch screen is max I would go (so MX3 if 5.1” no thanks for me), battery with wi-fi and mobile internet turned on is 1 full day, if both are off than 2 full days. OS Flyme is a bit strange, need some time to get used to it, but than is quite simple to us and adjust. Build quality very good. For that price it is far more than good, I would say great…so if you live in Europe or USA and only had chance to work on Samsung/Iphone, please don’t make jokes with Chinese branded phones, better use it first and than say your opinion!!!