MAZE Alpha X Review – Promising But Ultimately Falls Short


Hey guys so I'm back with another Chinese mobile phone that's powered by a mediatek chipset now I agreed to review this one here because I found out that unlike other phones it does not have one of those gimmicky fake dual camera setups on the red no just a single camera which we're off to a good start aren't we there so this is called the maze alpha X I never reviewed the maze alpha but this one here has well a business display but it does have it was of course on the side but a very slim small bezel on the top you can see there with the earpiece so a little similar to that of the Xiaomi me mix to that I looked at now down the bottom you'll also see that we do have a fingerprint reader here because it slightly missed a line for those of you that have a keen eye you can probably see that and picked up on that already next to that you can see down on the chin there we have a front-facing camera now this one is 8 megapixels and you'll notice that the screen the edges of it there they are rounded but there's a slight defeat there's a couple of jagged edges there so the finish of that for those of you are quite picky might bother you because it's not perfect you can see so the screen it has on here is 2160 by 1080 18 by 9 aspect ratio of course that new popular trend now out of the box it does have quite a blue tint to it but of course it does have mirror vision and that lets us tweak the color balance on here which is great but over quite a nice screen I found that the viewing angles of the screen are in fact better than the xiaomi redmi v plus that i recently looked at and it has decent brightness to it actually comes out brighter than the xiaomi redmi v plus as well at 580 lux maximum output they're decent colors for an IPS the blacks as well aren't bad so really good screen in a 200-dollar mobile phone I feel so taking a look at the rest of the design here so it does have a metal frame around the outside that's mat coated we do have metal volume buttons now they don't rattle around they've got a good feel to them they hopefully will stand the test of time down the bottom a single loudspeaker type-c port which is another positive there good to see this on here and microphone now up the top we have a 35 I'm going to meet a headphone jack those couple of lines there you can see they are the antenna strips there so that is actually for Bluetooth GPS and wireless performance and you'll see to that there is no secondary microphone on the top here or on the back when you have a look at the camera module so the camera lens protrudes by approximately one millimeter or so and we do have a dual tone LED flash there this back material feels a little bit Hollow it is glass definitely glass but I don't believe it's Gorilla cornering Gorilla Glass there on this that they have used I don't think so not for this price point I haven't scratched tested it or anything yet though and then we have a course dual SIM support on the left side so that's where the SIM tray is there and you can also fit a micro SD card so overall the build is good for this price inside the box you get a sim tool we get a tempered glass screen protector which is really good we don't often see this instruction manual type C cable a euro charger depending on your region now this one supports pump Express 12 volts 1

5 amps for quick charging the Alpha X certainly isn't the latest of mobile phones coming in at 214 grams makes it quite heavy so the fingerprint reader works about 8 out of 10 times 9 out of 10 times it can be a little bit slow you can see that's how fast it is so it's about 2 to 3 seconds it all depends really on if you've been multitasking or how long you've left the phone it can be a little bit slower so the ROM is a stock Android 7 ROM you can see these are the apps you get when you first boot it up we've got FM radio on here too which is great play store of course is included it has to be so there is no bloat from maize but we do have a lot of google apps on here now the wrong performance I find to be decent so I'm multitasking here at the moment I've got a lot of applications open and some games so it's very heavy scrolling speed you can see isn't super smooth and fluid but it's not doing bad at all when you see just how many apps I am running here so multitasking and I've got quite a few big games on here's a shadow fight three Ashfield extreme throttling test hits all there in the background and swapping between those applications is quite quick it keeps everything in memory – it doesn't kill it off quick which is good to see so raw I like the performance of this rom I feel it's doing just fine the halle o P 25 which is very similar to the Snapdragon 625 so the phone has on-screen buttons but the home button can act like the mezu phone so one tap will be back and then holding it down will actually take you home which is rather handy and better than nothing at least so this is the antutu score here of the Hallyu p25 paired up with six gigabytes of RAM not a bad score 63,000 here is the speeds and results of the internal storage so we've got emmc 51 spec drive on here very good speeds for this type of drive not bad at all now while it's here I'm not too happy words so when you're close to your wireless router you get decent speeds but it should actually be a little bit faster than this this is on the 5 gigahertz band and stepping away from the router so just to the other side of the apartment which isn't really that far at all the signal quality isn't very good and speeds take a huge hit here you can see now I tested this straight after doing the test in the same room as the router and then walking over to the end of the apartment so not really too happy with the wireless antenna reception on this model so the GPS works well it does not take long at all to get lock the accuracy is also good to meet us here I found the GPS works a lot better than this xiaomi redmi v plus that i recently reviewed now better life is good but it's not quite as good as the duty mix to that I viewed that got 10 hours of screen on time I got 7 hours and 34 minutes of some heavy oh so was gaming a lot you can see there's the screaming on time so more the better yes it is good but I feel it could actually be better and I do have my doubts on whether capacity is actually really 3900 milliamp hours or it could be something a little less like 3000 600 or 700 money amp hours now to look at the charge times of the Alpha X so to fully charge it will take 2 hours and 37 minutes this is from completely dead so I had 0% battery which is not a bad time here but charging it with just 30 minutes only gets you to 25% 60 minutes to 56 so it isn't the fastest when it comes to charging times so has a single loud speaker on the bottom and it is really quite poor it simply isn't loud enough I'll give you a sample of it so it really is quite flat it needs more volume there now speaker on there now the 35 millimeter headphone jack quality also disappoints there's a slight hiss that can be heard when nothing is playing that kind of irritates me a bit so playing the latest titles like shadow fight 3 here you get playable frame rates other titles that are tested as well very smooth playable you will see some hiccups and stutters but I'm happy with the gaming performance of this mobile phone I do think that that six gigabytes of RAM really does help out so the camera setup is your typical that you often see with mediatek phones now they do have here a two times zoom mode now don't be fooled of course there is no other lens on here and this is only just digital zoom the shutter rate on it seems to be reasonably good now the focus can be at times very slow and if you find it in low-light I mentioned a few times will also be quite laggy too so not great performance from that now video you can shoot up to 1080p only and I'll give you some samples here so just start out with photos you can see that in daylight it can capture an okay photo but if you zoom in there's quite a bit of noise there's some artifacts and in low-light it's very obvious there's some over sharpening there's just compression artifacts everywhere it's not a very good camera at all and that's no surprise really considering this price range and you take a look at these samples here too that sometimes the focus is off completely now I focused on these hibiscus the flowers right there and for some reason it just came out like this because I think because of the very slow shutter rate perhaps with a slow focus is why this photo came out bad so very hidden mess with photos and I'll give you some samples now of the video quality so the rear camera the video quality you get a maximum resolution of 1080p no 4k other phones the ones that used the Snapdragon chip sets you can get 4k if you're after that then take a look at those phones they're the quality of the 1080p video well as you can see if yourself here it's okay now I have noticed that it will tend to overexpose tons sometimes it will sometimes also get the colors completely wrong so the auto white balance can be quite off the focus performance as well isn't wonderful it can be really slow and struggled to get lock and in low-light the video becomes very choppy and I have noticed some frame dips as well even recording 1080p footage so they definitely need to focus on improving the camera performance so let's take a look at the front-facing camera and now sample from the front facing camera so can shoot up to 720p maximum the quality I find in daylight like right now is fine it's good for this kind of price group of phone however in low-light the viewfinder and the recording itself will drop a lot of frames and it doesn't look that great then it becomes through choppy the video now because the cameras location that when you do shoot selfies you have to flip the phone around it will tell you that and the other thing to to note that it does look a little bit pixelated the background so it's not exactly the greatest quality of video you can get in this price category other phones do this a lot better and they can even shoot 1080p on the front-facing cameras the sound as well not the greatest and if you are in direct sunlight which I aren't at the moment because it's overcast then it will tend to overexpose your face again not the best so the camera quality on the Alpha X is rather poor so this is a phone that I really want to like but it has a few shortcomings like most of these phones do so they cut corners the manufacturers we've got a really nice screen on this and in fact is better I feel than the one used in the xiaomi redmi 5 plus it's slightly brighter the screen and the viewing angles are better as well it has a little bit of a bluish tint the whites out of the box but of course with the mirror vision there you can calibrate that and you can get the screen to look quite decent so happy with that now the fingerprint reader performance it works around eight to nine out of times out of ten sometimes it can be a little bit slow depending if you've got a lot of multitasking going on or you haven't to have left the phone for a while it tends to go into like a sleep mode and will take just a few seconds more but overall the fingerprint reader does perform much better than the duty mix2 that I looked at with a very similar spec I like the top bezel it's a lot shorter the core quality out of the air piece of notice does have some crackle to it so it's not the best in terms of call quality now we also have the middle buttons on the side the whole middle housing the frame around it that's a really nice touch it's a little heavy but it is a solid good feeling phone in hand and I do like that the performance of the ROM also is excellent we're going to ample 6 gigabytes of RAM Jaleo p25 paired up with the Melly T 880 GP you can play all of the latest games with same frame rates that are playable they're smooth they're not perfect you will notice sometimes a few little stutters and things but that's to be expected so to be expected as the camera performance which I find to be one of the main weaknesses it's no surprise really they do often have bad cameras these mobile phones and this category but this one's terrible really because the focus has a lot of trouble our daytime photos can look okay and sometimes the whites are off so the color balance gets it completely wrong the auto white balance will notice over sharpening some focus issues the video quality as well isn't really that great and that lets it down there but the biggest complaint for me is little Wireless so the wireless performance not very good at all if you're in the same room as your wireless router then things will be fine but if you happen to be one of those people that have their wireless router on for example upstairs and your room is downstairs then you will notice that it will be very slow it just suffers in terms of range I tested it in the studio apartment here I tested it at home and with both of my networks wasn't too happy with the range and performance of the wireless the other slight disappointment is the speaker at the bottom it's just not loud enough that loudspeaker they really do need to up the volume on that so hopefully if mace can patch and fix the wireless if they can boost the performance of the speaker or they can change the hardware in there then you've got a very good phone I feel for the price this is those areas where it is leading itself down a little bit and why you can't really recommend it at this stage and tilt that as flex there so thank you so much for watching this review I will have some more up-and-coming media tech budget Chinese phones and perhaps some Snapdragon ones later on in the channel so make sure you subscribe and I do hope to see you soon thanks a lot for watching

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