Maze Alpha Review | Product Summary
Maze Alpha is another low-budget Bezel Less smartphone, but with a large screen making it categorized as Phablet device. Equipped with MediaTek Helio X25 processor with next-gen technology, improves bandwidth by up to 70%, and delivers more processing power and less heat. Combining power-saving features and increased multi-tasking efficiency, Alpha contributes to improved user experience.
With a sharp 6.0 inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution bezel-less screen, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Alpha gives a huge screen-to-body ratio for a vast view in a smaller space. It just displays looks as vibrant as real life.
Equipped with 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras with f/2.2 aperture and a front selfie 5.0 MP Camera the Alpha allows you to view virtual objects in your actual environment in excellent detail. It becomes easy to capture and memorize every amazing moment. Let experience be alive in memory.
The Maze Alpha is available in two main variants, based on different memory and internal storage configurations. The cheaper one has 4GB RAM + 64GB of storage, and the more costly model with 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM.
Overall, for a price of $189.99 (including shipping) you get a good device with above average hardware specifications capable of running Applications and heavy games very smoothly under the new Android 7.0 Operating system. That said, The phone is on sale for a price of $189.99, but when used with a coupon, the basic edition price drops to $177.89.
Maze Alpha | Product Introduction
Maze Alpha Review Focus:
- Reviewed Model: MAZE Alpha Phablet ( 4GB/32GB )
- Product introduction
- Specs & Product Main Features
- Package Content
- Appearance & Design
- Software, Display, Cameras, Speaker, Microphone, Navigation, Battery, Charging
- Pros & Cons
- Final Verdict
- Maze Alpha Review Rating
Maze Alpha Features:
- Product Name: MAZE Alpha Phablet
- Operating System: Android 7.0
- CPU: Helio P25 ( MTK6757 ) Octa-Core ( 4 x 2.5GHz + 4 x 1.4GHz )
- GPU: Mali T880
- Memory & Storage: 4GB RAM 64GB ROM, External Memory: SD card up to 256GB
- Cameras: Front 5.0MP, Rear 13.0MP + 5.0MP with SAMSUNG S5K3L8 sensor
- Battery: 4000mAh
- Interface: USB Type-C
- Sensor: Fingerprint Sensor, Hall, Gravity, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer, E-Compass, HotKnot
- Display: Bezel-less Screen 6.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen, 2.5D Curved Glass, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 83 percent Screen-to-Body Ratio, Scratch Resistant.
- SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby ( Dual Nano SIM cards )
- Feature: GPS, Glonass, Beidou
- Bluetooth: V 4.1
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
Maze Alpha Package
Unboxing Main Package
Unboxing Secondary Package
- 1x USB Type-C Cable
- 1x Warranty Certificate
- 1x Quick guide
- 1x MAZA Alpha phone
- 1x Screen protector
- 1x Sim Eject Tool
- 1x Power Adaptor / Charger [5V-2A, 9V-2A, 12V-1.5A ]
Appearance & Design
From my personal impression, build quality, design, and appearance all looked very impressive. MAZE Alpha body is composed of a solid metal frame with a glossy black plastic cover that can easily get fingerprint marks when holding it, but its something you can avoid if you buy a protective case. That said, If we would compare the MAZE Alpha external looks vs Doogee Mix device, externally they look very similar with the front camera located on the right corner, and also the location of the LED flash and shape of the housing of the rear camera that looks pretty much the same on both devices. The main difference is the size of the device, weight and the MAZE Alpha big 6-inch display.
MAZE Alpha Weight
MAZE Alpha vs Doogee Mix Appearance
MAZE Alpha | Full view
MAZE Alpha USB Type-C Interface (Plug Compatibility Issues )
The USB Type-C™ cable plug provided inside MAZE package was not the correct one. It didn’t hook up to the phone port and was free, therefore couldn’t charge the phone. The reason I wanted to point this matter out is that I didn’t see any tech reviews discussing this problem. To avoid confusion, both MAZE Alpha and also Bluboo S1 Phones are using a USB Type C ver 3.1 Gen 1 Plug, and not the commonly used USB Type C 3.0 plug. If you are asking what is the difference between both connectors?. the lengths are not similar and the v3.0 connector is larger in size.
This leads to a few compatibility issues. If you have plans on buying the MAZE Alpha you need to the into account you will need to buy a few extra cables as a backup. especial if you are going to use it with a power bank or a portable charger. Although we are not talking about a defect or a flaw in the design. Perhaps this type of plus was selected because it is capable of achieving high current and voltage with minimal power loss as a main consideration. Nevertheless, It’s not clear why MAZE decided to select this type of USB Type C interface for their phones when the standard Type-C 3.0 is still very commonly used worldwide.
Powered by MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, The MAZE Alpha phone is powered by an MT6757 Octa-Core processor (8 core) running at frequencies between 247MHz- 2.5 GHz. Similar to the previously Bluboo S1 and Doogee Mix devices. From my personal impression, the phone performed well with a relative high AnTuTu score of 61084. The additional 4GB RAM with combining with the Helio P25 SoC contributes to a more smoother user experience running applications as well as high graphic games under Android 7.0 OS.
MAZE Alpha | AnTuTu Benchmark
MAZE Alpha | CPU-Z
MAZE Alpha comes with a stock Android ROM based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS, without any special launchers, just a simple and clean system. Overall user experience was smooth and good, No complaints here.
MAZE Alpha | Android System
MAZE Alpha comes with an excellent 6.0 inch 1920 x 1080 sharp and bright display. As a user planning on watching movies on this big screen device, I had no issues about its quality.
- Speaker – Produced average, but very decent sound.
- Microphone – Performance was pretty average as in most Chinese phones.
- Cameras – After updating the latest ROM via Wireless Update (OTA) launched on 17/10/017 the general quality of the photos produced by the main camera and the front selfie camera looked decent or very average. In low light conditions, the photos came out very grainy and blurred.
MAZE Alpha comes with Magnometer (Magnetic field) and Gyroscope sensors, that Both Worked well and tested with ‘GPS-Test‘ and with ‘HERE WeGo‘ navigation App in offline mode, without an internet connection.
According to my test, the MAZE Alpha 4000 mAh Lithium-ion Polymer battery provides approximately 7 hr:20 min of “light” usage performing basic tasks, such as playing few youtube videos, Browsing, using IM Applications. It’s not the best battery selection in the world for a device equipped with a 6-inch display, but considering the phone price, it’s a very reasonable pick that should be enough power for a half a day of normal usage on a single charge. beyond it, you will need to use a power bank or just charge it again.
Maze Alpha Battery Life
After fully discharging (draining) the 4000 mAh battery it took 02:07 min to charge it. A very reasonable result based on my previous tests checking other Chinese phone brands, equipped with a smaller 3000 mAh battery that was also charged in ~1:40 Min.
MAZE Alpha Battery Charging
The Maze Alpha is a good phablet with an excellent 6-inch display. experience playing with the phone was excellent, and overall it’s a great pick for users that like to use their phones for gaming and watching movies. Bottom line, it’s a good buy for the hardware specifications and I highly recommend.
Pros & Cons
- Big 6-inch Screen
- Great Display
- Design & Build Quality
- Battery life could be better
- No LED notification function
- Average camera