Meizu is a brand that has not been in the spotlight for quite a long time but is looking to make a comeback. They intend to do so by targeting the entry level range of the Smartphone market, which is the best place to start off. The question is, will they be able to please the customers with the specs? We will just have to wait and see. The Meizu A5 goes live in the month of September 2017. The exact date is still unknown, but we are expecting it to be around the 30th of the same month. In terms of predecessors, there is none. The A5 is the first of its kind and although there have been other phones before it, let’s take a look at what the A5 offers over the others.
The company originating in China has kept the roster quite plain and simple. The A5 is the first of its kind comes with a plastic rear panel and round edges. It is comfortable to hold, as the 5-inch screen fits in nicely in your palm. Combined with the rounded edges and we have ourselves one beautiful phone that nicely compliments the entry level smartphone theme, “cheap and comfortable”. Meizu has also thrown in a front facing home button that makes interacting with the phone a whole simpler. The sound rockers and the power buttons are located at the back.
The screen is powered by an HD IPS display sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, and a pixel density of 294ppi. All in all, the specs are quite standard for a device in the 6.6 range. The screen test results will be released as soon as we get our hands on the device.
At the heart of the Meizu A5, we have the 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The graphics department is handled by the Mali-T720 GPU and the whole is managed by 2GB of RAM. The A5 comes with inbuilt 16GB of storage space and can be extended to 128GB via an SD card.
After having a look at the specs, I have to say that’s it’s not impressive. It’s quite decent and befits the entry level budget scenario. The quad-core 1.3GHz won’t see to all your gaming demands but will do fairly well for the low ends games. Multitasking is supported but prolonged usage might result in a lag. The inbuilt storage offered by the company is standard, however, 32GB would have gone a long way in promoting the device.
You shouldn’t expect too much from an entry level smartphone, nonetheless, the A5 brings nothing new to the table. It’s the same old package wrapped in a different phone. However, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat under the new Flyme OS. We are hoping the A5 brings some improvements in terms of performance optimization, in order to get properly noticed by the community.
The A5 sports an 8-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front camera. The rear one comes with f/2.2 aperture and a dual LED flash. The photo samples haven’t reached our studios yet but we are working on it. From a stranger's point of view, it would wrong to assume the picture qualities of the cameras, but there is a phone that yielded a variety of pictures. The old Redmi 2S had one of the best cameras at just 7K. If Meizu intends to grab hold of the market providing decent quality camera is paramount. The rear camera also supports panoramas and continuous burst shots.
One of the best things about this device is that it packs a reasonably large battery compared to its price range. The A5 is powered by a 3060 mAh Li-Ion. It may not seem much compared to the juggernauts of the present generation, but for its price range, this is a nice deal, and can probably power through the whole day on moderate usage.
The A5 also has dual sim support and supposedly offers 4G VOLTE connectivity as well. It has to if it intends to compete in this market. You should also note that the specs are subject to change at the time of release.