This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Meizu's exotic MX3 is unlocked and straight out of China

About Video Transcript

First Look: Meizu's exotic MX3 is unlocked and straight out of China

1:56 /

The unlocked Meizu MX3 offers a wild Android UI and eight computing cores.

Hi, I'm Brian Bennett for CNET, and we're taking a first look at the Meizu MX3 smartphone. This device is mainly sold in China, but you could find it unlocked right here in the US for about $465 through Amazon or other online retailers. It features a big 5.1-inch LCD screen that's not quite full HD resolution, but sharp and colorful nonetheless. It also is powered by a home-grown 8-core processor paired with 2 gigabytes of RAM and can be had decked out with 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage. What's really wild about the MX3 though is its heavily tweaked version of Android Jelly Bean called Flyme OS, the custom skin the MX3 runs, looks suspiciously similar to Apple's iOS, complete with side strolling home screens, which double as the App Tray. A capacitive button under the screen also helps the MX3 do some interesting UI tricks. You can long press it to put the phone to sleep and hold, then drag it upwards to unlock. Sliding up from the bottom of the screen on either side of the button pulls up what apps are running in the background. Sliding an app icon upwards here closes its associated application. Dragging an icon down closes out of everything currently running. Also, touching the key then sliding up serves as a back button. The MX3 is also decked out with an 8-megapixel camera and LED flash. The camera app offers plenty of features and shooting modes too, including HDR, filters, and panorama. I'm not exactly a fan though of the MX3's plastic chassis, which while thin is slippery through the touch. The phone doesn't support 4G LTE either and is strictly a 3G GSM handset. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET, and you've just taken a first look at the Meizu MX3.

New releases

Verizon-exclusive Sony Experia...
2:35 October 31, 2014
If you've been craving Sony's Xperia Z3, this sleek alternative comes close but is a little different: it...
Play video
Amazon Fire Phone burns on
2:54 October 31, 2014
Amazon hasn't given up on the Fire Phone, Facebook makes it easy to mask your identity with Tor, and the Starbucks...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,574: Halloween episode,...
26:08 October 31, 2014
It's an ultra-creepy episode of The 404 today -- way creepier than normal. Will Seth Rogen play Steve Wozniak?...
Play video
Skylink's boring security system...
2:37 October 31, 2014
This low-cost, DIY smart setup offers basic security without monthly fees
Play video
Everything you need to know about...
2:05 October 31, 2014
Google's Android Wear software is cropping up on a host of smartwatches. But what exactly is Android Wear...
Play video
RHA T10i: Stainless steel headphones...
0:00 October 31, 2014
The $200 RHA T10i is a great sounding in-ear headphone that's well-built and has some nice extras, including...
Play video
Most-anticipated games for Holiday...
3:03 October 31, 2014
The most sought after new titles that gamers want for the holidays.
Play video
The Toshiba Excite Go is budget...
2:02 October 31, 2014
This $99 tablet offers decent performance, but struggles with a lackluster display.
Play video