Meizu Pro 5 review: The Prodigy

GSMArena team, 10 November, 2015.

Performance

Meizu Pro 5 packs an Exynos 7420 chipset developed in-house by Samsung and proved itself with the Galaxy S6 lineup to be one of the best performers on the market right now. It employs a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, a 2.1 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 CPU, Mali-T760MP8 GPU, and 3 or 4 GB of RAM. Our review unit is of the 3GB variety as it has 32GB ROM.

Meizu Pro 5 Review review

The Pro 5, unlike the Galaxy S6 smartphones, relies on a lower resolution 1080p display, which should give it an edge in the onscreen graphics tests.

Update, Dec. 29: We received the international Meizu Pro 5 unit running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and Flyme 4 launcher. We repeated all of our performance benchmarks and we found the Pro 5 unit intended for international sales just as impressive as its China-bound sibling, outing virtually the same scores.

GeekBench 3 tests the multi-core performance and the Pro 5 passed it with flying colors. Indeed the Exynos 7420 octa-core processor is quite a beast.

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Meizu Pro 5
    5578
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    5158
  • Meizu MX5
    5110
  • OnePlus 2
    4429
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    4413
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    4017
  • LG V10
    3607
  • LG G Flex2
    3604
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3204

Next we ran the popular AnTuTu benchmark and once again the Meizu Pro 5 came on top of all devices we've tested so far.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Meizu Pro 5
    74655
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    68324
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    58582
  • LG V10
    52713
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    50611
  • Meizu MX5
    48915
  • LG G Flex2
    47680
  • OnePlus 2
    47207
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    37750

The compound BaseMark OS II 2.0 also confirms the dominance of the Meizu Pro 5 among all the Android phones we've tested to date. The recently released iPhone 6s Plus is scoring more, but we guess the iOS under the hood optimizations are showing off here.

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    2261
  • Meizu Pro 5
    1837
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    1789
  • LG G Flex2
    1726
  • OnePlus 2
    1622
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    1482
  • LG V10
    1383
  • Meizu MX5
    1252
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    968

Oddly, the single-core and multi-core breakdowns show the Pro 5 is somewhat behind the Galaxy S6 edge+, which basically features the same processor.

Basemark OS 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    6498
  • Meizu Pro 5
    5760
  • LG G Flex2
    5597
  • OnePlus 2
    5301
  • LG V10
    4261
  • Meizu MX5
    3262
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    2707
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    1239

Basemark OS 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    27511
  • Meizu MX5
    22976
  • Meizu Pro 5
    21416
  • LG G Flex2
    18856
  • LG V10
    17127
  • OnePlus 2
    16798
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    16784
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    5733

GFXBench puts the Mali-T760MP8 GPU found in the phablet to the test. The handset posted flagship-worthy results throughout, even though it wasn't a match for the latest gen iPhone GPU (PowerVR GT7600).

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    39.5
  • Meizu Pro 5
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    25
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    24
  • OnePlus 2
    22
  • LG G Flex2
    22
  • LG V10
    15
  • Meizu MX5
    10
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    6

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z5
    18
  • OnePlus 2
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    15
  • Meizu Pro 5
    14
  • LG V10
    10
  • Meizu MX5
    4.8

The onscreen performance is expectedly ahead of the Galaxy S6 edge+, since the resolution is 'merely' 1080p instead of Quad HD.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    38.6
  • Meizu Pro 5
    25
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    25
  • OnePlus 2
    22
  • LG G Flex2
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    15
  • Meizu MX5
    9.5
  • LG V10
    9.5
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    6.3

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z5
    19
  • OnePlus 2
    16
  • Meizu Pro 5
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    6.6
  • LG V10
    5.7
  • Meizu MX5
    4.7

Oddly, BaseMark X puts the Pro 5's GPU performance around the middle, while the BaseMark ES 3.1 based on the Open GL E3.1 shows promising results.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    26333
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    23923
  • OnePlus 2
    21937
  • Meizu Pro 5
    20038
  • LG G Flex2
    19360
  • LG V10
    15161
  • Meizu MX5
    10403
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    5349

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Meizu Pro 5
    409
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    348
  • LG V10
    297

We performed the following browser-centric benchmarks with the pre-installed Meizu browser. The phablet posted a great score on Mozilla's Kraken 1.1 (JavaScript), but mediocre results on the compound BrowserMark 2.1. You may want to try an alternative browser app.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    1731
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    3767
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3907
  • LG G Flex2
    4621
  • LG V10
    4666
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    5635
  • OnePlus 2
    6808
  • Meizu MX5
    11414
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    11908

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    2591
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2303
  • LG V10
    2119
  • LG G Flex2
    2086
  • OnePlus 2
    2055
  • Meizu MX5
    1471
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    1224
  • Meizu Pro 5
    1070

The Meizu Pro 5 provides flagship-grade performance and we are happy the company opted for Samsung's top Exynos instead of the Snapdragon 810. Samsung did a great job designing its SoC and it helps the Pro 5 top most of the charts.

While the web browsing scores aren't as impressive, both the integrated default browser and Google Chrome will offer you a smooth and fast experience. As for the processor and graphics - there is nothing to worry about for the years to come.