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Not only the company’s newest flagship, it also happens to be their best ever. By far the most expensive and most advanced to date, the Meizu Pro 5 was launched today to a kind of stunned silence. Frankly, this phone has better specs than the new iPhone 6S, and it costs half the price.

Not only the company’s newest flagship, it also happens to be their best ever. By far the most expensive and most advanced to date, the Meizu Pro 5 was launched today to a kind of stunned silence. What’s so stunning, you ask? Frankly, this phone has better specs than the new iPhone 6S, and it costs half the price.

But of course, there is a catch, because there is always a catch. Meizu is pretty much a homegrown company, and there won’t be a lot of sales outside of China.

Nevertheless, this is a “pro” if I’ve ever seen one. It has the same Samsung Exynos 7420 chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5, one of the most powerful processors currently available. Actually, it is the first device that is not a Samsung device to harbor the chip.

In fact, on AnTuTu, the Meizu Pro 5 managed to score over 75,000, in terms of fast app loading - which is comparable to Xiaomi’s Note, Sony’s Xperia Z3+ and others.

The Meizu Pro 5 looks nearly identical to an iPhone. Even the promotional photos look a lot like Apple’s.

Additionally, it’s hard not to miss: the Meizu Pro 5 looks nearly identical to an iPhone. Even the promotional photos look a lot like Apple’s.

It has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2.5D curved screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. It probably won’t win any awards when compared to LG’s G4, but it’s completely flagship material anyways (just see Apple’s 750 x 1,334 pixels).

It has either 3GB of 4GB of RAM, making this device one hell of a powerhouse, and is coupled with either 32GB of 64GB of internal storage, both of which can be expanded further with microSD.

The front has a fingerprint sensor that is directly built into the home button, and it also has one of the new favorite specs: USB Type C port on the bottom. It also supports mCharge so you can get 65% of the 3050mAh battery charged in just 30 minutes.

The back camera boasts the very impressive Sony IMX230 21 megapixel camera with a 1/2.4” sensor with 1.12-micron pixels, and image signal processor. It can now manage a lightning fast focus speed of 0.17 seconds thanks to the phase-detection pixels in the sensor, which is incredibly fast. It can also record at 4K at both 120fps and 30fps, or so Meizu says, but if it is true, it’s the first phone capable of recording 4K at 120fps.

It has a 5 megapixel selfie snapper on the front.

So this device is one hell of a phone. It’s beautiful, incredibly similar to Apple, but it has all the impressive specs we love from Samsung, at half the price.

Along with Android Lollipop 5.1, it will have Meizu’s custom Android skin, Flyme 5. Updated, Flyme 5 has received a performance boost, which means it is much faster - including in opening apps, as well received new animations, icons, and a smoother navigation system. Flyme 5 will be released on November 12, but the beta version will happen October 12.

The Meizu Pro 5 will be just in time for the new Flyme, on November 15. It will cost either 2800 yuan ($439) for 32GB of internal storage/3GB of RAM, or 3100 yuan ($486) for 64GB of internal storage/4GB of RAM.

So this device is one hell of a phone. It’s beautiful, incredibly similar to Apple, but it has all the impressive specs we love from Samsung, at half the price. And of course - it’s a world away, in China.

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