Meizu Metal vs MX5: Will the Newcomer Cannibalize the Sales Of the MX5 Flagship?

by Joel 1

Meizu announced the Meizu Metal budget smartphone on October 21 for an aggressive price tag of 1099 Yuan ($180). This was an extremely competitive price tag considering other rivals in the market offer much less for a more. However, this pricing is close enough to the flagship MX5’s price tag, which makes us wonder whether Meizu Metal will eat up the sales of its elder brother, the Meizu MX5.

meizu metal vs mx5

Meizu Metal and MX5 are quite similar to each other, yet they have like $110 price difference between them. So, today we take a look at the differences to see whether customers will be ready to pay up this difference to go for the MX5.

First of all, looks wise, there’s not much difference. Both feature a metal CNC body with a relatively similar design. MX5 features a magnesium alloy body while the Metal comes with a magnesium-aluminum body made with rare metals like titanium. The company is calling  this new material as ‘Crystal Metal’. But end of the day, different people like different looks, so we leave it up to you to decide which ones better.

As for the specs, both come with the Helio X10 MT6795 octa-core chip. However, MX5 features the MT6795T model which is clocked as 2.2GHz as compared to the MT6795M on the Metal. Also, 3GB RAM on the MX5 should offer better multi-tasking than the 2GB RAM found on the Metal. So, performance wise, there will be a noticeable difference between the two models.

Even in the display department, the Meizu MX5 triumphs since it comes with a superior AMOLED 5.5-inch FHD display as compared to the plain 5.5-inch FHD LCD 2.5D glass panel on the Metal. In the camera department, the MX5 comes with a much better 20.7MP shooter as compared to the 13MP sensor on the Metal. However, the MX5 has one major drawback, you don’t get a MicroSD card slot on the device. On the other hand, the Metal can boast of this slot which definitely gives the phone an advantage in the storage area.

The battery is almost the same on both the devices (3150mAh vs 3140mAh) but the former (MX5) features fast charge which is definitely a plus point. And if you like using your phone as a remote, there’s an IR port on the MX5 as well.

As you can see, despite the close pricing, the MX5 does offer a lot more than the Meizu Metal. You get a better display, superior camera, fast charge and larger RAM module. The lack of the SD card slot is the only drawback as compared to the Metal, but to solve that you can always go for the 32GB variant.

So, judging from this comparison, we don’t think the Metal will eat up the sales of the MX5 to a great extent. Of course, those who are happy with slightly lower specs will settle for the Metal, but others, who want a superior smartphone experience, will still stick with the MX5 flagship.

Anyways, let me know what you think about this comparison. Do you think the $110 price difference between the two models is justified with the superior specs?