Maze is a Shenzhen-based Chinese tech company which emerged to the market in the last couple of years. The company released Maze Alpha X, few months ago as a budget alternative for the Mi MIX. Surprisingly being a budget smartphone, Alpha X packs some serious hardware stuff. So lets dive into the specifications of the device.
On the very first glance Alpha X appears to be a twin brother of Mi Mix 2. It has a refined bezel-less design providing 87% screen to body ratio.
The good stuff starts at the front with a 6 inch display along with a Fingerprint scanner and front facing camera placed at the bottom. On the back we have the primary shooter and minimal Maze branding. Back is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4. At the bottom we have a headphone jack, USB Type C connector and a Speaker.
Device weighs around 210gm which is quite heavy, with a thickness of 8.1mm.
Alpha X sports a 6 inch 18:9 IPS LCD display with FullHD+ resolution. The display offers pixel density of 402 PPI. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The bezel-less design is surely eye catching but the display is not the best in class. Colors are vibrant and provides immersive multimedia experience but visibility under sunlight is not that good. However one can really enjoy the immersive experience this display provides at the not-so bright places.
Alpha X is powered by 64 bit MediaTek Helio P25 with ARM Mali-T880 MP2 GPU. Device comes in two variants 64GB/128GB both using 6GB LPDDR4X RAM (That’s plenty of RAM right?). Storage can be expanded using a MicroSD card up-to 256GB. 64gigs of storage with a room of expansion using a MicroSD card is rare these days. So we give a thumbs up for keeping the possibility of expansion to the users. Little things like these adds up for being a great device at a budget price-tag.
Browsing through web, watching videos, playing intensive games doesn’t bother Alpha X that much. P-25 provides enough horse power to easily handle demanding apps and games. Plenty of RAM makes multi-tasking much easy. More RAM allows more apps to stay in the memory for better multi-tasking. For a moderate user, Alpha X will never make you struggle for more.
Maze Alpha X runs on merely tweaked Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s not the latest in the market which might be a deal-breaker for some. Although it’s not too old so there is nothing much to be bothered about.
Android Nougat provides features like Data Saver to save your data plan, reply from anywhere, bundled notifications, Google Assistant and many more.
Near stock like software make the Maze Alpha X a breeze to use.
The Maze Alpha X have a 13 Megapixel Sony IMX258 primary sensor. Image quality is decent with a minor shutter lag. Colors are natural and not so saturated when clicked. Under low lighting conditions, noticeable noise becomes visible in the images. Overall it’s a decent performer in the budget segment.
On the front is an 8 Megapixel Sony IMX219 sensor which is placed below the display. This implementation is nothing new and the camera app suggest you to rotate the device to make proper use of the camera. However the quality is below average. Images turns out to be on the softer side.
Camera app provide features like Panorama, Beauty etc. There is a Pro mode which provide manual controls like ISO, White Balance etc.
Alpha X have a non-removable 3900 mAh battery. It supports MediaTek’s own Pump Express fast-charging solution. With moderate usage it can easily last 1.5 days. Fast charging comes to the rescue in case you ran out of juice.
Maze Alpha X is a Dual Sim Dual Standby (supports LTE) device with other connectivity features including WiFi, Bluetooth v4.1 and GPS. Sensors include Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, E-compass. Sound quality is below average. Adding to it has our headphone jack.
For a price tag of $210, the Maze Alpha X is a great deal.