Factory flooding reportedly caused by a typhoon hitting Southern China delayed the release of flagship smartphone Meizu Pro 5, according to earlier news reports. However, there seems to be a different cause for the delay.
Earlier reports have said that several floods caused by a typhoon which hit Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu's production facilities in Southern China were behind the shipping delay of its flagship smartphone, the Meizu Pro 5. However, Meizu has just announced that it will be setting aside $1.5 million in compensation to appease consumers for what is believed to be a six-day delay.
The company also said that the delay was not caused by factory flooding at all, but an issue that cropped up involving the phone's metal NFC rear panel. Meizu has also reiterated it will be shipping its flagship out by October 18.
Users who purchased the Meizu Pro 5, but experience a shipping delay will be receiving free accident insurance in compensation, worth $31. Consumers who ordered the phone's 32GB model will also receive a free headset from the manufacturer valued at $20, while purchasers of the more expensive 64GB iteration will get the headset, plus $20 worth of Flyme coupons.
With all the merchandise and coupons prepared to appease its consumers for the shipping delay, Meizu will be spending approximately $1.5 million in compensation.
The Pro 5, which was expected to arrive this week, will feature a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED 2.5D curved display over an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC, supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Sporting a 21MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter, the handset carries a 3,050mAh battery, and supports 4G LTE connectivity. Its design offers users an all-metal build, and is available in three metallic colors.
The smartphone costs $439 for the 32GB internal storage option, and $486 for the 64GB internal storage iteration of the handset.