Review Maze Alpha X

Maze Alpha X

In September 2017 we looked into the Maze Alpha. It’s a positively assembled ‘bezel-less’ telephone that is shockingly reasonable at under £150. Presently, Maze has propelled a subsequent which is similarly as on-slant: the Alpha X with a 18:9 screen.

Once more, the cost is short of what you would figure from the on-paper specs: you can get it from GearBest for just £158. This makes it one of the least expensive 18:9 telephones we’ve seen yet. Bear in mind you’ll likely need to pay import obligation (at 20 percent) and a taking care of expense, so the aggregate cost is nearer to £200. (That is a considerable measure less expensive than Amazon’s present cost of £239.)

You can get it in blue too, yet GearBest offers just the dark model. Next to each other it’s undeniable which telephone is which: the taller, smaller screen promptly distinguishing the newcomer. It’s a LG show with 2160×1080 pixels which compares to 401ppi.

Being an IPS screen, viewing angles are fine and it’s relatively bright. Colours are also decent, if lacking the punch you get from (admittedly more expensive) AMOLED screens. Maze hasn’t simply shoe-horned the taller screen into the same chassis for the ‘X’, even though both phones have 6in displays.In order to retain a front-mounted fingerprint sensor the Alpha X is a few millimetres taller, but it’s marginally lighter at a still-hefty 210g.


We criticised the Alpha for lacking an app tray, but that’s present on the Alpha X. And, for the most part, Maze hasn’t mucked around with Android so you get a near-stock version with all Google apps present.

The fingerprint scanner doubles as a home button, so you can hide the on-screen navigation controls most of the time and get the most from the big screen (you can also pinch to zoom in on videos so they occupy the whole screen). A short tap is the same as the back button, and a long press takes you to the home screen.

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It’s strange Maze decided to go back to a single camera after dual cameras on the first Alpha, but the quality of those cameras was poor in any case. The Alpha X is better, but it’s still no better than you’d expect from a budget phone. Colours are great, unlike the green-tinted photos from its predecessor. If you just want to share photos on social media, they’re perfectly adequate. Closer inspection on a big PC monitor reveals soft focus, noise and a general lack of sharp detail though.


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