Maze Company (translated as “Labyrinth”) was named in honor of the Labyrinth of the serious and original American fiction series HBO Westworld TV channel ( “Wild West”). For those who did not watch, I will not talk, so as not to leave the spoilers.
Maze company, however, like many other Chinese firms, created a few more people in 2012. However, now it has more than 80 employees only from the group R & D. The office employs 180 people, and in the production employs 650. Despite the fact that almost anyone Maze is not known (at least in Russia), it collaborates with such giants as Samsung, Sony, Sharp, MediaTek and Qualcomm. It’s also nice that the official website is translated into Russian (sections with devices).
In fact, today it is not about us, but about the smartphone Blade. The device from the point of view of the technical component – a typical representative of modern in an inexpensive price segment up to 7000 rubles. However, it does have interesting feature: rear panel has a mirror surface, the front camera is equipped with autofocus, and overall the camera shoot is very good for its price.
Maze Blade smartphone can be purchased from $ 110 to several of the most famous Chinese online stores.
New company Maze strongly resembles multiple devices Sony Xperia series. Frankly, I was on the review more likely to be clones of Apple, Samsung, HTC and others, but I never came across a copy of Sony. Well done boys:)
Blade enclosure shape is rectangular, slightly sloping angles. The first thing you notice – the screen frame. They are monstrous, something like the Xperia XZ Premium. For example, the bottom frame is 22 mm. Further striking round power button on the right (again – «Sony hi”). On the back of the eye lens and a large mirror surface lead you back to a series of Xperia smartphones in recent years.
Of course, all of this done not Sony level: no one of elegance, charm and style. Simply an attempt to copy the design without much sense. Benefit of good-quality assembly, slipshod it precisely can not be named, all the parts fit well with the finger slots, you just do not find here.
About screen saver material is not said, however, for a couple of weeks, nothing terrible has happened. The main thing – there is an oleophobic coating, and quite high quality.
On the perimeter is a thin plastic frame. Rather, it is a seal between the die and on the sides of the frame. The frame is made of a metal material is rough to the touch, but the corners of the ground.
On the reverse side – the glass (though, most likely, plastic). Until used, I put a few scratches. However, I can not say that the surface is scratched with a bang. Fingerprints that naturally cover the entire back side.
smartphone dimensions rather big – 158.5 x 77 x 8 mm – roughly, as the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Although the thickness of 8 mm, the machine in hand still feels thickish.
On sale gadget in three colors: black, silver and gold. Are they not all with a smooth surface – difficult to understand. The site even says that the unit is in black matte, glossy although in reality.
On the front of the device – an indicator of missed events, camera, sensors and a speaker. The volume is low, but can hear clearly and legibly. Microphone, on the other hand, conveys it loudly and efficiently.
Below the display is a mechanical button “Home”. She is also a fingerprint scanner. The appeal convenient button, with a small soft swing. Right and left are touch buttons: the previously launched applications, and “Back”. Illumination is, bright.
Bottom – hole for armband, holes, where it hides a handsfree speakerphone, microUSB connector, microphone and even decorative holes.
On the right are the power button (the round and small), and the key, the volume rocker and the camera shutter button activation. Left – combined slot (microSIM + microSIM or microSIM + microSD). A long time since I have not seen microSIM in these gadgets.
Headphone jack 3.5 mm – on top.
On the back side – large eye camera lens, a second microphone for noise reduction and two-piece flash with warm and cold light.
This device uses a screen diagonal is 5.5 inches. Frame top – 15 mm, bottom – 22 mm, left and right – of approximately 4 mm. Present antiglare sufficiently effective.
Display resolution Balde from Maze – FullHD, i.e. 1080×1920 pixels, aspect ratio – 16: 9, the density – 400 pixels per inch. LTPS Oncell matrix without an air layer.
The maximum brightness of white – 320 cd / m2, the maximum brightness of black – 0.5 cd / m2 Contrast – 640: 1.
Schedule average luminance, average gamma (gamma decreases with an increase), according to the levels of colors, there is a predominance of blue. The data do not exceed the sRGB values of the triangle (green, yellow and red). This suggests that the colors are less saturated and not very bright.
In general, the screen has a low brightness and contrast, color medium depth black poor, the angles a little picture goes in purple hues.
This model uses removable lithium-polymer (Li-Pol) battery capacity of 3000 mAh.
In my mode gadget functioned from 9 am to 5 pm: an hour of calls, the constant synchronization with Wi-Fi (Twitter, mail, Votsapp), a couple of hours LTE. The luminescence of the screen in this mode – 3 hr.
With games situation worse, the battery lasts 2 hours 45 minutes of continuous “battle” in Marvell. Video unit “twist” a little less than five hours (HD).
It seems to me, the results are low, usually such data give Gadgets 2500 mAh battery, or even less.
Included you will find the AC adapter 5 V – 1.5 A. From the AC adapter smartphone is charging about 2 hours, and from PC USB – eternity.
The device operates not only in the 2G / 3G networks, but also in 4G CAT 6:
2G: GSM 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
In the settings you can select the Turbo Mode, which will be used for downloading “heavy” files not only 4G network, but at the same time Wi-Fi.
There is a standard Wi-Fi b / g / n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth version 4.0, OTG. As for the GPS and GLONASS, the sensitivity is slightly above average, the rate of satellite detection high, medium accuracy.
The device 7 000 uses 3 GB of RAM, which is pretty good. At least the machine is not tupit with the re-opening of applications.
Internal memory is also quite enough – 32 GB. The speed of 217/79 MB / s. Compatible memory cards, however, only up to 64 GB.
Two cameras: Basic 13 MP (F1.8 aperture, BSI matrix Sony IMX214, pixel size 1.12 .mu.m), the front 8 MP (F1.8, Sony IMX matrix 179, the pixel size of 1.4 microns). Two-tone flash – cold and warm glow.
During the day the photos are of very good quality with the correct white balance. Detailing is not the best, but in the price range up to 7000 rubles is hardly any other device will produce more sharp images. Dynamic range is slightly above average. Lens without any problems coping with backlight. Focus speed is high, the average accuracy. The main thing – the color, they are nice.
When lighting the white balance deterioration begins to “kink”. The picture becomes a bit noisy, but not oiled, details are not lost. In general, it goes well.
The front camera has auto focus, it is not fast, but accurate. The quality is excellent! Optics, software and matrix cope with all tasks at 100%. I can honestly say that selfie shooting in Maze Blade is the best among all the smartphones tested up to 20 000 rubles.
HDR mode is more aggressive, but clean. Smartphone pictures look very good on the PC already visible color distortion: Care in reddish hues.
Video unit records in FullHD resolution at 30 f / s. Quality I liked: the correct white balance, exposure correct exposure even in difficult conditions – bright sun and shade. Stereo sound, high-quality.
Front camera for some reason takes only 640×480.
The device is built on a fairly old 64-bit 8-core chipset from Taiwan’s MediaTek – MT6753. ARM Cortex-A53 processor (28 nm), the clock frequency of each core – 1.5 GHz. As the graphics used on ARM Mali-T720 .
Maze Blade smartphone smart, slowdown or strange “glitches” did not notice.
When the CPU load body is heated to about 40 degrees, but it quickly cools.
With games standard situation: almost everything depends on the optimization. However, do not expect a challenging game with powerful 3D graphics and 60 FPS.
The gadget is running Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow control. whether it be updated to Android 7, is unknown to me. Of course, it would be desirable, but little hope, because almost all of these companies have been “rolled out» Nougat.
In the settings you can find many different options for interaction with the phone: gestures, movements and so on.
speaker volume in the vehicle medium, or slightly above the average, the emphasis on middle and high frequencies. The sound in the headphones loud, habitual quality of other gadgets on MTK6753. Radio is present.
“Hello, my old friend …”
the first words of Ford, addressed to Bernard
After Maze Blade Test impression that the manufacturer somewhere got a lot of old and low-cost components and gathered from it his camera. That is, the model would have looked a year ago, even very good, but now it does not particularly surprising.
Nevertheless, we should mention the cool chamber. Yes, I believe that for 7000 rubles Blade removes fine, especially pleased with the front-facing camera with autofocus. The video also to “Pyaterochka”.
Not pleased with the battery life, and from the USB gadget charging for a long time.
In general, before you inexpensive device that is perfectly assembled, it has a normal appearance (rear panel mirror), knows how to handle the camera. Again – the screen with high resolution and good conduct in the light.
Even on your favorite Aliexpress are not so many devices with similar parameters: 5.5 ” FullHD, 3/32 GB, both cameras with autofocus, eight cores, LTE.
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