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Meizu MX3 Review

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I have the honor to present to you the Meizu MX3 smartphone, I am very happy because I have a chance to show you how great is this premium Chinese phone. As you know already lately we have more and more new Chinese mobile companies, some of them does not care about quality they only think about quantity. But in this case, the Meizu is completely different company in positive way because they only offer high-quality products or to be precise they only have high-quality phones. The Meizu is established in 2003, in Zhuhai, China. From then until now there are only known as premium brand, also they have about 1,000 employees and 600 retail stores.

Lately the phones and other accessories are packed in smaller boxes most the time. But in this case the Meizu MX3 was packed in bigger box. When I opened the box inside was smaller box with Meizu cool logos. On the right side of the box was placed white charger and inside this smaller box was placed MX3 device and USB cable also in white colour. Overall everything was really good packed.

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Design

The Meizu MX3 is very similar compared to previous models with dimensions 139 x 71.9 x 9.1mm. It is very similar to LG G2 phone. The Meizu continues to produce mobile devices very similar to iPhone with Android system. So the front side is completely black while for the back side you have ability to choose from plenty nice colours. Also Meizu has done some hyperglaze finish on the back cover. So device is completely made of plastic except the front side.

Okay on the front side is placed home bottom under the screen, which looks like small circle with led backlight. On the left side of phone is placed button for volume and on to the top is button for power on off. On the back side of the MX3 are the main camera with flash light placed with the Meizu logo. Meizu MX3 is wise constructed, for example it has very impressive edge-to-edge screen with almost no bezel. The Meizu is 1st company in the world who managed to do that. Also I want to say that the Meizu mobile device has really cool rounded edges which perfectly fits in the hand. Build quality for the MX3 is very high also the design is very innovative and same time beautiful.

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Display

The Meizu MX3 has 5.1 inch display with the resolution of 1080 x 1800 pixels, in this this combination display is sharp. With this resolution and screen size you get approximately 412ppi which is really impressive. This display is also multitouch screen and the LCD is 15:9. The screen looks beautiful without exaggeration. For example It has enough strong brightness, the viewing angles are good and colours are almost natural. I am very impressed with the MX3 display and I believe you will also like it. Display is also protected with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance technology. In one word display is excellent.

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Performance

The Meizu company has decided to use very powerful hardware for MX3, so this beast has Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU with 2 GB of RAM. Graphics are taking care by PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU. So from this you can see it has very strong hardware, with this smartphone you will be able to do anything you want. I tried many things including playing games with the MX3 and all apps and functions worked really fast without any problems. I also tested the device with several benchmark apps to see how good it is. From benchmark results you can see that the Meizu MX3 is tough player.

Meizu MX3 CPU-Z Information

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AnTuTu Benchmark v5.1

Score: 27572

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Antutu 3DRating Benchmark

Score: 4314

3d rating

Vellamo Scores

Multicore: 1148

Metal: 1210

Browser: 2306

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Geekbench 3 Results

Single-Core Score: 754

Multi-Core Score: 1967

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Meizu MX3 is born for gaming, so you can play any game you want as I like to play GTA San Andreas :).

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Software

The Meizu MX3 comes with pre-installed Flyme OS 3.5. Flyme OS is super simple Android with cool flat user interface. MX3 comes out of box with Android 4.2.1. User interface is complete fluid, everything works really fast. With home bottom and Flyme OS there are additional possible functions like you can put folders and widgets on the home screen. Also the home button has additional features for example, swipe up the home button onto the inactive screen and you will unlock the Meizu MX3. There are other also combinations for lockscreen. As default MX3 comes with one theme but you can download more other themes from App Center and choose maybe some other theme which you like more. Flyme OS 3.5 in my opinion is combination of Android and iOS and it is really cool with many useful features.

Really cool theme from Flyme OS 3.5

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Basic information about phone

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GPS

As many Chinese smartphones has problems with GPS because of that I was very curious how it will work on the Meizu MX3. When I for the first time started the GPS inside house the GPS worked immediately and in next 10 seconds MX3 has connect to 10 satellites with precision of 4 metres. I tested the GPS with GPS test application. So I can say that Meizu did a great job for GPS. They don’t have problems with GPS chip or antenna. So you don’t need to do any additional modifications to your phone like you need to do for some other Chinese brands.

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Camera

The Meizu MX3 has 8 megapixel main camera with led flash, photos taken by MX3 can have maximum resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels. The main camera has 1.4 µm pixel size and the aperture is f/2 wide. The shutter is fast including auto-focus. MX3 has also one interesting feature called Gesture capture, this feature gives you ability to take a photos by putting your hand on the top part of the phone. Photos taken by Meizu MX3 are very detailed, also sharpness and brightness are enough strong. Photos also has almost natural colours and in my opinion photos are very pleasing to eye.

I also have tested the Macro mode and the Macro photos are very impressive. Below you can see several photo examples. Talking about videos the Meizu MX3 can record full HD video [email protected] The bitrate of the videos is a 100 Mbps which is in my opinion to high because approximately 11s of video is around 100 MB. These can be a problematic if you don’t have a enough free space. Overall videos quality is good enough with many details and video runs very smoothly.

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 Comparison with no zoom (left photo) and with max zoom (right photo)

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 Macro mode photo (right photo) – Christmas is coming 🙂

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Battery

The Meizu MX3 has non-removable Li-Po 2400 mAh battery, and according to the Meizu it can last approximately 430 hours in stand-by on 2G connection and 393 hours in 3G connection. With average use or to be precise, talk time, web surfing, video playback and gaming it can last approximately 32 hours. This is more than enough for most users.

Pricing and conclusion

Meizu MX3 is a premium Chinese smartphone, in my opinion build quality is super high, it has also excellent screen. Design is very compact. If you like gaming and other similar activities you don’t need to worry because MX3 has enough strong hardware. Flyme OS is very interesting and intuitive OS. In one word I am thrilled :). Price for the MX3 is approximately $350 and it depends on the shop. For more information about the Meizu MX3 you can go to the official website and also you can like their Facebook page.

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Review: ZMI Reason ONE

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ZMI Reason ONE — a new smart alarm clock by Xiaomi Ecosystem partner — ZMI. This is the first smart alarm clock by the Chinese brand. The company’s assortment includes power banks, chargers and other gadgets for smartphones.

The design and functionality of the alarm clock are similar to the Xiaomi AI smart alarm clock. One of the main differences is the voice assistant. The alarm clock by Xiaomi supports Xiao AI suitable for Chinese customers. ZMi Reason ONE supports Alexa, which greatly simplifies the use of the device in Europe, USA, and other English-speaking countries.

DESIGN

The model has a compact rectangular shape (12×6×2 cm). It is made of matte black ABS-plastic.

The front panel is occupied by black monochrome screen. Despite the compact dimensions of the alarm clock, the screen is large enough. Therefore, the numbers and letters on the display are clearly visible even from a distance.

On the top, there is a touch button, which is responsible for voice control activation and microphone status.

On the rear panel, there is a speaker, a Micro-USB port (for charging) as well as a button for resetting to factory settings.

FUNCTIONS

The display shows the time, date, alarm status, timer, and WiFi connection. When the voice assistant is activated, the display shows two circles, which look like “eyes”.

ZMi Reason Clock supports the Alexa voice assistant. You can ask the weather, find out the news, time, ask to turn on the music or set an alarm/timer, add smth to a shopping list and even find out the currency exchange rate.

The ringtone of the alarm clock is also easy to change. There are about 30 melodies to choose from the menu.

The alarm clock can also be a portable speaker. The model supports popular music streaming services like Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, and others.

If you have devices that support Alexa, then you can control them using ZMI Reason One. In order to do this, you need to install a special application and synchronize the devices with each other.

The price for such a smart alarm clock is ridiculously low — only $ 20. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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Sharp Aquos C10 [REVIEW]

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The Sharp C10 review has finally arrived! Sharp is a Japanese brand that mostly covers its market in Japan, but has recently started to turn its marketing to other areas of the world. So yes, Japan is not only popular for Hentai and awesome cars industry but they also get involved in the smartphone industry. Sharp is probably best known for their TVs or kitchen appliances to some, but they are fairly old players in the smartphone game, making phones like the Aquos Crystal back in 2014. Let’s jump back to the C10 and look at all the interesting bits this smartphone hides.

Build quality

Because of it’s non standard aspect ratio, this phone brings some quite interesting looks with it. It’s a bit shorter and wider than what we’re used to, with a droplet styled notch on the top and glossy plastic back. The USB-C jack lies on the bottom between the speaker and microphone grilles, but unfortunately there is no 3.5mm audio jack on the top which is a huge disappointment. Finally, the very clicky three buttons are positioned on the right side and are pretty easy to reach due to the phone’s size.

The phone itself is fairly light in hand, but it still feels relatively sturdy and rigid. It is claimed to have gorilla Glass protection for the screen, but it’s unknown which version of it exactly. Also, Sharp have decided to put the fingerprint reader on the front, so you get a small recession under the screen where the fingerprint sensor resides. The phone itself is not too thick either, so it’s a real pleasure to handle all in all.

Android OS

The OS on this thing is actually pretty light with little to no bloat! It’s Android 8.0 Oreo with a few tweaks to the settings application, task switcher, and the system UI to handle the notch and to distinguish it from other Android phones. Notch handling is done on a per-app basis which means that most applications probably won’t support it. I’ve found that only the stock gallery seems to make use of it, while Youtube cuts off the whole top. You can also disable most of the Google applications if you don’t use them, that’ll get you some extra RAM space if you need it. The situation here is fine although they should work on the visual integrity a bit in the future updates.

Performance

This phone gets 89296 points on Antutu which is not that great for a mid range device. Compared to the Mi A2 which gets 134348 points, performance of the C10 seems pretty bad, but it’s not all that bleak. In Geekbench it gets 883 for the single core test, 4239 for the multi core test and 3702 for the renderscript test. Synthetic benchmarks obviously don’t tell the full story as this device multitasks fairly fast and handles Chrome just fine for day to day web browsing. PUBG Mobile locks the graphics settings to low and even then it stutters here and there, so obviously don’t pick this phone if you’re looking for raw gaming performance. Even then, playing on it’s relatively small screen won’t be too comfortable of an experience. Regarding screens…

Screen

In a mid range phone like this, a screen usually won’t be too interesting of a subject. C10’s screen has some very rounded corners on the top including the notch, while the bottom just has regular, hard corners. You do get a relatively nice FHD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 1080×2040. Colors pop pretty nicely at higher brightness settings, and speaking of brightness this phone handles it pretty well. Lowest brightness doesn’t go too low, but highest brightness is thankfully high enough for outside use.

Cameras

I have to say, this phone has quite an interesting thing going on with the camera. Unfortunately, the second camera is only used for depth detection in portrait mode so I think it’s a bit of an useless addition, but the camera application itself is pretty feature packed. I’m happy to say that it also has a full featured manual mode with only the RAW option missing. The photos it takes on auto mode are lifelike, vibrant and just very pleasant in general. Given it’s wide aperture, it’s also pretty competitive at night, but only with still shots. Portrait mode gets you some pretty strong depth blur, but it’s inaccurate as well so use it in moderation.

Switching over to video, the mild disappointment starts. No stabilization options at all, nor any slow motion modes available. Thankfully it does have 4K, but I don’t think most people will find it very useful. Some EIS would go a long way here. All in all, it’s a pretty competent camera in the price range with some nice software features like the picture-in-picture mode, but the second camera is a bit of a waste, and the addition of EIS would be extremely beneficial.

Audio Capabilities

Testing the audio output on this phone yielded some fairly average results. Doing the tests with the headphones connected, we can see that the frequency response loses it’s linearity and some distortion shows up on the low end. The stereo crosstalk also jumps up by almost 40dB with the headphones connected. These tests are done with a 55ohm set of on-ear headphones so results may vary with different loads. The audio output thankfully does get comfortably loud so it does seem to have enough power.

Similar situation for the speaker which gets relatively loud, but it carries some distortion along with it. Nothing tragic but you’ll hear when you’re pushing it. The plastic case doesn’t resonate with the speaker that much so it doesn’t help the tinny feel of the sound. For such a budget phone, I really didn’t expect anything extraordinary from the loudspeaker so I wouldn’t call it a disappointment by any means.

Battery

Running the Lab501 gaming test on maximum brightness for 15 minutes drained the battery by 5%. Playing PUBG mobile under the same testing conditions for the same amount of time drained the battery by 10%. So with a full battery, you could game on this phone for about 10 hours.

That’s surprisingly good given the relatively small 2700mAh battery inside C10. It’s standby times are even better since the phone shows little drain during the night and could probably last over a week if used sporadically. Suffice to say, I’m pleasantly surprised!

Additional features

When it comes to additional features, this phone doesn’t pack any surprises. Unfortunately, Sharp has even omitted an FM radio receiver software even though the hardware supports it. There’s no FM radio application to be found anywhere! The fingerprint reader usually unlocks on the second try, but the results can vary and it’s pretty fast when it works.

GPS also hasn’t been proven too spectacular as it took a while to get my location acquired, but it works all right once it locks on the satellites. Finally, there’s full OTG functionality here so you can plug in flash drives and all kinds of other peripherals into your phone. No problem!

Closure

The Sharp C10 is an interesting budget phone with a pretty stern and business-like design. Even though the performance might not be the selling point here, you trade it in for a very respectable camera which I’d say is the highlight of this phone. Unfortunately some bad decisions were made, for example the removal of the 3.5mm jack and the lackluster notch handling, but all in all it could be way worse. In the end, all that matters is preference – what do you want out of your phone and what are you willing to sacrifice.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

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Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, Mi 9, has some awesome characteristics like design, powerful processor, and a great camera. Wanna know more about it? Stick around. I’ll tell you all about it.

First Impressions

If we ignore aluminum frame for a moment, It can be said it is made entirely out of glass: the front panel is made of Gorilla Glass 6, and the back panel is Gorilla Glass 5. This model has a shiny blue gradient color, and there are two more color options: black and violet. There’s also a Transparent Edition that pushes price tag way beyond $500.

The glass gives the phone absolutely stunning look, but it also makes it prone to scratches and fingerprints. I recommend using silicon case that comes in the box, or some other type of protection you can buy online.

Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a dedicated AI button. Just press it and Google Assistant will instantly pop-up, giving you the most relevant information based on your online behavior. You can reassign it as I did. I’m using it to open the rear camera.

Screen

Mi 9 has a real jewel on the front: a 6,39 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen. The best screen on any Xiaomi device so far has great readability under the sun and it’s significantly better than LCD panels used on previous Xiaomi flagships. Above the screen is a 20-megapixel camera in a tiny waterdrop notch, and above that is a speaker. There’s even more on top of that: sensors and a LED notification light, hidden from your eyes.

Great things are coming in waves with Mi 9 because under the screen is a fingerprint sensor, lightly illuminated so you can always know where to press to unlock the phone. Let’s not forget Always-on colour display or Ambient Light, Xiaomi’s name for this very usable feature.

Hardware, benchmark

Xiaomi Mi 9 is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855, the most powerful chipset in the world. It runs like a grinder trough games and apps so if you’re looking for a gaming phone, Mi 9 is something to seriously consider.

The phone in my hands has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other flagships have at least double storage capacity, but this was a way to keep the device affordable to a much wider market segment. Xiaomi rightly estimated that 64 GB is enough for most users. After all, there is also a 128 GB version available.

At the bottom is a single loudspeaker with enough firepower to flawlessly reproduce music or gaming sounds. It is not a stereo speaker, though.

Camera

Camera quality has become an essential feature for many customers, and Xiaomi Mi 9 has really a great one to offer. Wait, not one but three! The main camera has 48 megapixels, second is 12-megapixel telephoto snapper and the last one is a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor. Image quality is great with plenty of details.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that will give you a perfect photo in a way to simply get it out of your pocket and make a snap, Mi 9 is an obvious choice.

Software

Xiaomi Mi 9 runs the latest MIUI 10 on top of Android 9. It follows the same logic just like any other MIUI system before, with some nice new features like moving trough system with gestures. I’m using Xiaomi phones for years and this is the most polished and user-friendly MIUI by now. The system-wide dark mode is a nice feature, and there’s also a Second Space. That’s a part of a memory protected by password, where you can put all the apps and other content you don’t want others to see.

Battery

The Battery on Mi 9 has 3.300 mAh, which is slightly smaller than last year’s Mi 8. Although it is not as big as batteries on other flagship devices or even Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note series, it is capable of reaching the end of a day on a single charge. Things get interesting when it comes to the way the Mi 9 charges.

It supports wireless charging, something Mi 8 didn’t have. Xiaomi just recently hopped in a wireless charging train, but it did it with style: Xiaomi Mi 9 has the fastest wireless charging among all the smartphones, capable of reaching full capacity in just an hour.

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Verdict

Xiaomi knows how to hit a bullseye: it offered a handset with an insanely powerful processor coupled with enough of RAM to easily broke every app in pieces. Camera quality is astonishing, just as the design of the device. There’s also a big shiny screen for awesome gaming and multimedia experience. With price as low as $322,99, Xiaomi Mi 9 is not only an impressive flagship smartphone but also the best-buy option for anyone who’s looking for performance and top image quality. Stay tuned for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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