Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War masterpiece Full Metal Jacket is a deconstruction of war, masculinity and mental illness so effortless that for all intents and purposes it resembles nothing more than the archetypal war movie. It’s also now, thanks to Meizu, a way to tease the release of a new phone. Thanks, Meizu!

I speak, of course, about the MX5, forthcoming sequel to their popular MX4 and MX4 Pro handsets. We’re coming up to nine months since the release of that handset, and naturally Meizu are trying to ratchet up fans excitement by teasing the first few details. Details like, well, a full metal jacket. A recent post on the Meizu Facebook page invites us to prepare for the 30th of June for a ‘Meizu Product Launch’ with a nod towards the iconic Full Metal Jacket helmet, as featured on the film’s poster.


This is the biggest hint yet that Meizu have deemed the MX5 worthy of becoming their first all metal handset, moving away from primarily plastic construction used in their phones to date. Otherwise, we’re in the dark in terms of specifications, but the most promising leaks to date have indicated that the phone will feature a 5.5″ 1080p IPS display, 20MP rear camera and a 3MP front facing camera. Elsewhere, there’s a MediaTek MT6793 chip at its heart with a 2.3GHZ octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of (expandable) internal storage and FlyMe OS on top of Android 5.0.

Those leaked specifications don’t sound like they’d set the world alight, especially compared to the perhaps overly powerful MX4 Pro which features a 2K screen, Exynos 5430 processor and suite of audio processing chips. Nevertheless, I’d take all rumours with a shovel full of salt; they nearly always turn out to be incorrect.

Whatever the MX5 turns out to be, we’ll be seeing it on the 30th of June. Until then, I’ve embedded a video which purports to show a near final model of the phone. Do yourself a favour though and don’t listen with the sound on, you’ll thank me.

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