We have learned the Meizu 2017 plans long ago. The first device to come was set to be the Meizu M5S, a gold-size device great for single-hand operations. When it was launched many (including us) were thinking this phone is going to compete with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. But we were a bit mistaken – its main rival is the Xiaomi Redmi 4X. This is more reasonable because predecessors of both modelswere released last year and they grab customers from each other. As for this year, both companies have been prepared for a more severe fight.
Though the starting price tag of the Redmi 4X is 699 yuan ($101) it is good in terms of design like all Xiaomi smartphones. It comes with a metal housing at 8.65mm thickness and three-stage design. The front panel carries a 5-inch 720p display covered with a 2.5D arc glass. There are three touch buttons located below the screen. But as they lack backlight, their use causes a little inconvenience. The phone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4X comes in three color options including a Cherry Pink, Champagne Gold, and Matter Black.
As for the Meizu M5S, it comes with a bit larger display at 5.2 inches, but the resolution is the same. This phone is also covered with 2.5D arc glass for better protection and a fingerprint scanner mounted on the back.
Unlike the Xiaomi Redmi 4X it comes with a capacitive Home button. Therefore, the Meizu M5S sports a design identical to other phones from this family.
The back of this phone also uses a three-stage design + T-slot design. However, the placement of the back camera and the fingerprint scanner differs from what we have seen on the Redmi 4X.
It’s not correct to say the Meizu M5S looks ugly, but the Xiaomi Redmi 4X is actually outstanding. Especially, this statement refers to the Matte Black color option.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4X is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, which scores 44.032 at AnTuTu. Its rival sports a MediaTek MT6735 SoC, which scores a bit less. Looking at different indicators we can clearly see this gap is mainly considered by the 3D performance.
The 3D performance difference can be more clearly seen once looking at the 3DMark results. The Redmi 4X showcases 9515 points, while its rival scores only 7201.
When it comes to real game experience, both devices are not too good. But if you try to play light games, I guess the processors won’t have problems.
As usual, we tested the phones and recorded the results. After 4 hours of a heavy usage the Xiaomi Redmi 4X still remained 63% of battery power, while the Meizu M5S’ power dropped to 41%.
However, the Meizu M5S is the way better in terms of charging, as it comes with a fast charge technology. It allows the phone to get fully charged in 90 minutes. To reach the same level the Xiaomi Redmi 4X should be plugged for 170 minutes.
The camera modules of both phones are almost identical. They come with 13MP cameras supporting PDAF. The only difference is the apertures – f/2.0 and f/2.2 on the Redmi 4X and Meizu M5S, respectively. Seems insignificant but it affects the photo quality.
As you can see on the sample photos, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X provides brighter captures thanks to larger aperture. As for the Meizu M5S, its photos come with low brightness, cold white balance, and poor perception.
The Meizu M5S looks more attractive on paper, but when it comes to real feelings and experience, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X wins almost all the comparisons. The only feature it yields is the lack of a fast charge technology. But the company has tried to fill this gap by packing it with a larger battery.