Maze Alpha - Brand New Bezel-less Android Phone £143.21 @ Gearbest
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Maze Alpha - Brand New Bezel-less Android Phone £143.21 @ Gearbest

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Found 20th Jun 2017
If you're interested in these great-looking bezel-less phones, you may have heard of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, which costs around £500.

The Maze Alpha is brand new, with Android 7 and excellent specs. It looks like a great buy if you're willing to give an unknown brand a try.

The phone has a dual-camera, Type-C and supports dual-SIM. With 4GB RAM, a 2.5GHz octa-core processor and 4000 mAh battery, this phone seems like a great buy even without the bezel-less feature!

**From Gearbest:

Main Features:

MAZE Alpha 4G Phablet Android 7.0 6.0 inch Bezel-less Screen Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5GHz 4GB RAM 64GB ROM 13.0MP Rear Camera 4000mAh Battery Type-C

Display: 6.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen 

CPU: Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5GHz

System: Android 7.0

RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM

Camera: 5.0MP front camera + 13MP + 5MP back cameras

Sensor: Fingerprint Sensor, Hall Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Electronica Compass, HotKnot

SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby ( dual Nano SIM cards )

Feature: GPS, Glonass, Beidou

Bluetooth: 4.1

Network: 

2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 

3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz 

4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz

Supports all UK 4G bands.

Thanks for looking!
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hassanomar

Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going … Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going for the doogee mix unless there are any other options for bezel-less phone with 5.5inch screen?



​6 inch with no bezels will feel more like 5.5 inch screen with bezels though, so not a huge problem I think
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Just checked the offical website, I can't find any firmware update or forum support.

It sounds a bit doggy...
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ro888

Just checked the offical website, I can't find any firmware update or … Just checked the offical website, I can't find any firmware update or forum support.It sounds a bit doggy...



​Buying any Chinese phone will be like that. I have a small brand of Chinese phone, they still released Nougat, except it wasn't an OTA update. But I downloaded it, and my Chinese phone still has Nougat before many branded flagships...
Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going for the doogee mix unless there are any other options for bezel-less phone with 5.5inch screen?
It has Sam 20
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Specs are very good but seems to be an unknown brand making this more of a punt than Chinese phones are usually.
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hassanomar

Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going … Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going for the doogee mix unless there are any other options for bezel-less phone with 5.5inch screen?



​6 inch with no bezels will feel more like 5.5 inch screen with bezels though, so not a huge problem I think
hassanomar

Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going … Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going for the doogee mix unless there are any other options for bezel-less phone with 5.5inch screen?



​I have a OnePlus 3 at the moment not very tech savvy but the Doogee looks cool would it be an upgrade do you think ? cheers
andyeveriss

​I have a OnePlus 3 at the moment not very tech savvy but the Doogee l … ​I have a OnePlus 3 at the moment not very tech savvy but the Doogee looks cool would it be an upgrade do you think ? cheers



​No way! OP3 is much better than this phone or the doogee!.
Edited by: "hassanomar" 20th Jun 2017
hassanomar

​No way! OP3 is much better than this phone or the doogee!.



haha ooh ok lol thanks I get bored easily I want a new one lol
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hassanomar

Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going … Love the look of this phone - 6inch screen too big for me hence I'm going for the doogee mix unless there are any other options for bezel-less phone with 5.5inch screen?



​Because it's almost bezel-less, a 6-inch screen will give you lots of screen space without the need to have a huge phone...
Don't buy from gearbest.
Seems like a lot of phone for the money! tempted my self as my Moto g4 plus 4/64gb doesn't have a compass.
tomlewis007

Seems like a lot of phone for the money! tempted my self as my Moto g4 … Seems like a lot of phone for the money! tempted my self as my Moto g4 plus 4/64gb doesn't have a compass.



​haven't phones come a long way when we are not happy cos it doesn't have a compass!
Andybro

​haven't phones come a long way when we are not happy cos it doesn't have … ​haven't phones come a long way when we are not happy cos it doesn't have a compass!



​pretty import if you use it for satnav or even walking directions in London say
Good looking deal especially for a spare phone. I have to wonder what they've skimped on to keep the price so low for its overall specs though,especially as the gyroscope sensor is usually the first thing they omit meaning VR apps compatibility will be almost zero but this one has it, 4GB of RAM & 60+ GB of storage space without needing any additional SD Cards. Even if you never got another update at that price you can't go wrong. Or can you? The brand being an unknown means you're taking their unproven word for it that the phone has these specs. If I didn't have too many Androids as it is I'd take a punt on this, pay by PayPal and hope for the best. Worst case scenario is raising a claim with PayPal if the phone is not as described and you will eventually get your money back. I don't see anything about whether it comes with Google Apps or not. Maybe it doesn't and can't run them straight out the box and that's the trade off?
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greenandwhite

Good looking deal especially for a spare phone. I have to wonder what … Good looking deal especially for a spare phone. I have to wonder what they've skimped on to keep the price so low for its overall specs though,especially as the gyroscope sensor is usually the first thing they omit meaning VR apps compatibility will be almost zero but this one has it, 4GB of RAM & 60+ GB of storage space without needing any additional SD Cards. Even if you never got another update at that price you can't go wrong. Or can you? The brand being an unknown means you're taking their unproven word for it that the phone has these specs. If I didn't have too many Androids as it is I'd take a punt on this, pay by PayPal and hope for the best. Worst case scenario is raising a claim with PayPal if the phone is not as described and you will eventually get your money back. I don't see anything about whether it comes with Google Apps or not. Maybe it doesn't and can't run them straight out the box and that's the trade off?



​I couldn't see anything on the Gearbest page about whether it had a global ROM with Play Store out of the box.
Looks amazing
greenandwhite

Good looking deal especially for a spare phone. I have to wonder what … Good looking deal especially for a spare phone. I have to wonder what they've skimped on to keep the price so low for its overall specs though,especially as the gyroscope sensor is usually the first thing they omit meaning VR apps compatibility will be almost zero but this one has it, 4GB of RAM & 60+ GB of storage space without needing any additional SD Cards. Even if you never got another update at that price you can't go wrong. Or can you? The brand being an unknown means you're taking their unproven word for it that the phone has these specs. If I didn't have too many Androids as it is I'd take a punt on this, pay by PayPal and hope for the best. Worst case scenario is raising a claim with PayPal if the phone is not as described and you will eventually get your money back. I don't see anything about whether it comes with Google Apps or not. Maybe it doesn't and can't run them straight out the box and that's the trade off?


Paying with PayPal didn't help me last time I bought from these con merchants. It's all in the t&c and doesn't really leave you a leg to stand on, PayPal were useles.
I'm after 5.5inch screen with as small bezels as possible and fingerprint on the front. Any recommendations?

P2 bit too big
OP too expensive
Edited by: "hassanomar" 21st Jun 2017
​From the FAQs: By Gennaro Jun-20/2017 02:06:30

Question:
in this software is there playstore?

Reply::

Hello Gennaro, 

Yes, it comes with Play Store.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Also:
Package contents: 

Cell Phone: 1 
Power Adapter: 1 
USB Cable: 1 
Tempered Glass Screen Protector : 1 
SIM Needle: 1.

Let me know if you need any help.




By maoyuan Jun-19/2017 11:06:09

Question:
NFC support?

Reply::

Hello maoyuan, 
Thank you for your inquiry.

It does not support NFC.

Let me know if you need any help.

Buying a new model from a new manufacturer from gearbest - only for the brave..
If demand is high expect a runaround from gearbest on stock and despatch estimates.
Personally I'd wait till some decent reviews are available - for the price with the reported specs it sounds a bit too good to be true.
I've done a bit of homework on this one and the company isn't that new (formed 2012) and have had 2 other models ​on release with much lower specs than this, but marketed as budget phones. The previous one called Maze Blade had 3GB of RAM with a 32GB ROM. Saw it for £95 on Gearbest. It only has a 1.3Ghz MTK Processor though. There are 3 other resellers of this as well as GB, but all seem to be shipping from HK, probably the same factory and all in the £125 range. In August they plan to release a 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM version of this which I'd be much more inclined to buy as long as this one doesn't flop in the meantime. Haven't read anything about it receiving security updates though even if it never progresses beyond v7.0 and that would be a deal breaker for me. They've got a pretty nice looking website of their own that reassures me they're not some fly by night company but still, no updates = no sale for me.
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Infiltrator

Buying a new model from a new manufacturer from gearbest - only for the … Buying a new model from a new manufacturer from gearbest - only for the brave..If demand is high expect a runaround from gearbest on stock and despatch estimates.Personally I'd wait till some decent reviews are available - for the price with the reported specs it sounds a bit too good to be true.



​With Chinese budget phones, I don't think it's ever "too good to be true". I have a Chinese phone with very good specs, it cost £115. It's also been updated to Nougat. Can't grumble...
Edited by: "danielrosenthal" 21st Jun 2017
danielrosenthal

With Chinese budget phones, I don't think it's ever "too good to be … With Chinese budget phones, I don't think it's ever "too good to be true". I have a Chinese phone with very good specs, it cost £115. It's also been updated to Nougat. Can't grumble...



I'm on my fourth Chinese phone and watch developments closely, good specs can be ruined by poor design, shoddy construction and rubbish software. There are only 2 or 3 who have almost got it right, and even they have the odd issue than needs sorting.
Infiltrator

I'm on my fourth Chinese phone and watch developments closely, good specs … I'm on my fourth Chinese phone and watch developments closely, good specs can be ruined by poor design, shoddy construction and rubbish software. There are only 2 or 3 who have almost got it right, and even they have the odd issue than needs sorting.



Infiltrator

I was literally so close to buying this phone and then I've read your comment, is there something better in this kind of price range you would recommend? I'm looking at Xiaomi redmi note 4 also
Cheers
rich6891

InfiltratorI was literally so close to buying this phone and then I've … InfiltratorI was literally so close to buying this phone and then I've read your comment, is there something better in this kind of price range you would recommend? I'm looking at Xiaomi redmi note 4 also Cheers



Redmi note 4 would be my choice, Xiaomi are probably the best Chinese manufacturer at the moment. We have a note 4 and a mi max, both excellent phones.
do gearbest charge on dispatch? i couldn't find anything on this. This phone looks like it maybe worth a gamble.
tchau

do gearbest charge on dispatch? i couldn't find anything on this. This … do gearbest charge on dispatch? i couldn't find anything on this. This phone looks like it maybe worth a gamble.


No. They charge at purchase.
Dose anyone know of a good case for this device as I can only find the generic cases on ebay.

Thanks in advance.
Would you recommend this as an upgrade for a Samsung Galaxy S5? Also how much storage is there for games and apps?
Edited by: "StewartHardie" 25th Jun 2017
Infiltrator

Redmi note 4 would be my choice, Xiaomi are probably the best Chinese … Redmi note 4 would be my choice, Xiaomi are probably the best Chinese manufacturer at the moment. We have a note 4 and a mi max, both excellent phones.



Cheers mate
I've also looked at the Doogee Mix and Umidigi Crystal because of the slim bezels but Xiaomi seem a far more established brand.
pokemonfan92

Dose anyone know of a good case for this device as I can only find the … Dose anyone know of a good case for this device as I can only find the generic cases on ebay.Thanks in advance.



Same cover as the 4x, I bought a few from aliexpress for my wife's note 4, here's her favorite and you can see from the description the the note 4 and 4 x share phone covers.


s.aliexpress.com/vy6…eQn
Thank you very much for your response, but the problem with this case s.aliexpress.com/vy6…eQn is the camera placement holes are wrong for this device, the maze alpha is in the top left corner and not in the middle but it is a nice case, anybody else got any recommendations.
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StewartHardie

Would you recommend this as an upgrade for a Samsung Galaxy S5? Also how … Would you recommend this as an upgrade for a Samsung Galaxy S5? Also how much storage is there for games and apps?



​64GB storage, should be more than enough. As for replacing Galaxy S5, I'm a big fan of Chinese phones. They tend to have excellent specs at a fraction of the price of branded phones. I've never tried this particular phone, but with proper research and reading reviews etc, Chinese phones are often amazing for the price
danielrosenthal9 h, 8 m ago

​64GB storage, should be more than enough. As for replacing Galaxy S5, I'm …​64GB storage, should be more than enough. As for replacing Galaxy S5, I'm a big fan of Chinese phones. They tend to have excellent specs at a fraction of the price of branded phones. I've never tried this particular phone, but with proper research and reading reviews etc, Chinese phones are often amazing for the price


Thanks
I took a gamble on this phone and ordered from gearbest, i can only hope it is as good as its specs suggest, i already ordered a leagoo m8 pro from gearbest and had no trouble from this company, and the phone is superb for the price, who knows, maybe this company is the new xiaomi of the future. Their website suggest they have 80 employees working solely on technical, software, and hopefully OTA issues for the future.
How easy is it to navigate around this phone?




















Any ideas on sound output on this only things thats putting me off tbh
hassanomar21st Jun

I'm after 5.5inch screen with as small bezels as possible and fingerprint …I'm after 5.5inch screen with as small bezels as possible and fingerprint on the front. Any recommendations?P2 bit too big OP too expensive



I received my Doogee Mix 2 nights ago .. it was posted 26 June!! ..quick delivery. so far loving it
I'm yet to ANTUTU it though , but quick performance so far.
The phone doesn't have ANT+ capabilities ( which that Elephone S7 has ) , but no matter I'll just have to use normal bluetooth to connect my sports peripherals
I actually also own that 5.5" LG Stylus 2 & straight away one notices how sizeably smaller this Doogee due to the min bezels.
I think the backplate might be glass too as the phone is quite heavy( actually heavier than my larger Stylus 2 handset)
yeah the Doogee Mix has some heft to it .feels solid.
Currently I'm using their simple plastic case that came in the package . Fear to drop the phone as it definitely wouldn't survive.
There's a PET film already installed on the display and also a spare in the box.
Ordering a couple of tempered overlays.
Does anyone know of a robust phone case with similar dimensions to this handset as the flip cases on offer on AE & BG look rather meh
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