First quad-core smartphone runs Android, made by iPhone cloner

Still bragging about that dual-core processor in your smartphone? The world's best iPhone imitators, Meizu, is striking first, with the world's first quad-core smartphone. The Meizu MX is the successor to the M9 (you know, the iPhone knockoff that people in China camp out for) and it's going to be cost a pretty penny.

Can an Android-powered iPhone clone beat the real thing? Well, spec for spec, the MX probably will beat the pants off the iPhone 5.

Let's take a look. The MX's screen will be a 4.3-inch qHD screen vs. the iPhone 5's rumored 3.7 to 4-inch Retina Display with the same 960 x 640 resolution on both devices. The MX has a quad-core processor and the iPhone 5 is expected to only sport an A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2).

Where the MX and iPhone 5 will be on equal footing is on the camera front and storage. The MX has an 8-megapixel camera with flash and the iPhone 5 is expected to have the same. Storage wise, the MX comes in 16/32GB configs, and the iPhone 5 will probably as well (if the iPhone 4 is any indication).

That said, the MX is a device that's never left China and tends to be on the cheaper end, than iPhones. It also remains unknown how battery life will be hampered by all that processing power. One need only look at the quad-core powered PS Vita and its "low" three to five hour battery life to get an idea. And the Vita doesn't even have a phone in it.

You can slice it any way you want, but guess what? If you choose to import a Meizu MX, at least you can boast that you own the most powerful (but not necessarily fastest and best optimized) smartphone on the planet — at least until the rest of the smartphone competition catch up. The MX is scheduled to launch later this month for about $625 (16GB) and $780 (32GB).

Engadget, via Phandroid

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