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Meizu MX3
Meizu MX3
Meizu MX3
Meizu MX3
Meizu MX3
Meizu MX3
Meizu MX3

What's good

  • Speedy performance
  • Sharp display with uniform colors
  • Classic design
  • Up to 128GB of onboard storage

What's bad

  • Poor auto-focus feature
  • Non-removable battery

The MX3 is Meizu's third flagship smartphone in their lineup. Design-wise the MX3 is very similar to the iPhone 3GS with its rounded corners and what experts call a timeless appeal. Unlike the iPhone though, you can remove replace the back case with a different color for customization. Surprisingly, the 2,400mAh battery is not removable, which left many critics confused. Giz China comments, "…this is the first phone I have ever reviewed which has a non-removable battery despite a removable panel."

The most noticeable difference is the 5.1-inch FHD display. The display offers a stunning 1800 x 1080 pixel resolution, which translates to 412ppi pixel density. Critics commend the clarity of the screen as well as the viewing angles and color uniformity. While a 5.1-inch display might not be large, the thin 2.90mm bezels give reviewers the impression that the screen is much larger than its actual measurements.

For a smooth performance, Meizu opted for an 8-CPU-core Exynos 5 processor that comes with 4 1.6GHz cores and 4 1.2GHz cores. Despite having 8 cores, benchmark tests rank the Exynos processor below the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, both of which use Qualcomm's Snapdragon quad-core processors. When performing real world tests, Android Authority found that it delivered incredibly fast performance without any noticeable lags when browsing the interface and multitasking. They mention, however, that, "multitasking…is probably a little too simplistic…it's very possible that optimizations help provide for what is a very smooth experience." On top of the speedy processor the MX3 is the first smartphone to offer up to 128GB of onboard storage.

Perhaps the one disappointment for critics was the 8MP rear camera. While they describe the color quality as "good" they also note that details themselves were not very clear. In addition, they add that noise levels were also very high and that the auto-focus feature was not very auto.

For the most part, reviewers would recommend the Meizu MX3 despite the shortcomings of its camera. Slashgear states, "Meizu continues to impress with their latest smartphone entry…"

Operating system
Operating system
1.6 GHz
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
2400 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Android Authority
Android Authority

"Made in China." A term that is unfortunately saddled with a negative connotation in regards to quality – however, in the smartphone space, companies are making moves to reverse this notion. With offerings like the MX3, we think they are succeeding – and we are very excited to see them c...

- Joshua Vergara, Android Authority

Meizu continues to impress with their latest smartphone entry here with the MX3. We were already impressed with the abilities of the Meizu MX all the way back in 2012 - here two generations later, things have only gotten better. While we wouldn't recommend a USA-based consumer to pick this model up...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear

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Common Questions

Meizu backs up the MX3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your MX3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Meizu support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Meizu's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Meizu MX3's screen size is 5.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.6 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16/32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64/ 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2400 mAh battery. Meizu's performance ratings are 17.9 days standby time, 840 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Meizu MX3 Specs

Release Date September 2, 2013
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.25 W/kg
Body: 0.31 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Panorama, White balance, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 415 pixels
Size 5.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 338 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 600 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 840 minutes
Standby Time Up to 17.9 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Magnesium alloy
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.9 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Viewable document types:
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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