Just three months ago Chinese manufacturer Meizu launched its high-end smartphone MX5. However, today the company has announced a new flagship device that is in most respects a cut above the MX5. The Pro 5 is the first model in Meizu's new premium level 'Pro' line, and it shows in all areas including the camera. Images are captured on Sony's 1/2.4-inch IMX230 21MP sensor, the same as in Motorola's new Moto X Style. The sensor comes with on-chip phase detection but additionally the autofocus is assisted by laser like we've seen on recent LG devices. The camera features a dual-LED flash and is capable of recording 4K video. A 5MP Omnivision sensor does its job at the front.

Designwise, the Pro 5 is pretty close to the MX5 but there are some subtle differences. At 5.7-inches the 1080p AMOLED display is a little larger than the MX5's 5.5-inch variant and is covered with 2.5D curved glass, giving it a more elegant appearance. A physical button below the screen acts as home button and fingerprint reader and the 3050mAh battery features Meizu's own mCharge fast charging system. The USB Type-C connector has a reversible design.

Android 5.1 and Meizu's Flyme 5 OS are powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core chipset and buyers will be able to choose between a version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage or a souped up model with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB storage. Many mobile photographers will also appreciate the microSD expansion slot.

For now the Pro 5 is only available in China but, as usual, there is a good chance it'll make its way to other regions at some point. At US$438 for the base version and US$485 for the higher-end 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant the Pro 5 is not quite as much of a bargain as previous Meizu models but still looks like a very good deal next to competitors with comparable specs and could be worth a look for mobile photographers who want premium specs without breaking the bank.

Key Specifications:

  • 1/2.4-inch Sony IMX230 21MP sensor
  • 4K video
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • Android 5.1 with Flyme 5 OS
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 chipset
  • 3GB RAM / 32GB storage or 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
  • MicroSD slot
  • 3050mAh battery with quick charge