Meizu’s new MX5 is a feature-packed midrange beast

Fingerprint scanner, a 20.7MP camera and the rather unique Flyme OS make the MX5 quite an interesting buy

There’s a flood of phones around the ₹20k mark with almost everything you’ll get in a fancy-schmancy device that costs well over double. And joining the club is the Meizu MX5.

Pairing Mediatek’s octa-core Helio X10 processor with 3GB RAM, the MX5 seems quite well-specced. But that’s not half the story. You get a fingerprint scanner, which Meizu says will unlock your phone in less than half a second. But wait, you also get a 5.5in Super AMOLED display and a 20.7MP, f/2.2  rear camera. Whoa? Whoa indeed!

Of course, with those specs, you’ll be glad Meizu has also fitted a 3150mAh battery – and there’s quick charging as well. Other specs include a 5MP front cam, dual SIM, dual 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, an all-metal body and 16GB storage (higher capacity versions to come eventually).

The MX5 runs Meizu’s Flyme OS (based on Android Lollipop). In some ways, it’s quite a departure from the traditional Android way of doing things – there’s a solitary button (also the fingerprint scanner), and a tap takes you home, a click takes you back, while a swipe up from the bezel brings up the multitasking menu. At first glance, it seems a bit unfamiliar, but we reckon it shouldn’t take that long to get used to it. Tickles yer fancy? You’ll find the MX5 on Snapdeal, with an MRP of ₹19,999.