Meizu is a popular brand in the sub-10,000-rupee smartphone segment. This Chinese company used to sell MP3 and MP4 initially but later shifted its focus on mobile phones.
During the month of April, the brand announced two new smartphones: M3 Note and M3 in its home country. While the former one is already available in India, the Meizu M3 is expected to become available in the month of June.
This article focuses on what special the M3 Note and M3 smartphones have to offer.
As per the Chinese announcement, the Meizu M3 flaunts many impressive features. The company will present this smartphone as an alternative for people who cannot afford the already launched M3 Note.
Let us take a deeper look at the pros and cons of this device.
Plastic Outer Shell
Although the shape of the M3 is very much similar to the M3 Note, but its looks are not. It does not feature any fancy material on the outer shell. Meizu has not used even a single piece of metal on it. I would like to point though the phone does not look that bad either.
The quality of plastic is quite impressive. Users will get a good grip while holding it in the hand. Its home button has chamfered edges and performs multiple functions. It works as a back key, home key, as well as power key.
Meizu has taken inspiration from Xiaomi products while designing the back panel of M3. It covers the battery as well as the frame of the phone.
IPS Display Panel
The Meizu M3 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display. It offers a slightly low resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels, though that is manageable considering the price of the phone.
High contrast ratio and wide viewing angles enhance the experience of users. Its screen generates well-balanced tones with no distortion of colors.
A 2.5D curved glass sits on top of the display giving a premium feel to the whole setup. Thin bezels minimize distractions while watching videos and playing games.
An Average Performer
At the heart of this phone is a MediaTek MT6750 chipset featuring an Octa-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. However, you will not get a high performance with it.
The Meizu M3 is just an average performer but acts like a perfect daily driver. One can use it for watching videos, browsing the internet, making calls and playing casual games.
This smartphone is available in two variants: one offers 2GB RAM /16GB Storage and the other comes with 3GB RAM/16 Storage. Both variants are great at multitasking.
If you have not used a Chinese Android smartphone earlier, it might take a couple of weeks before you get comfortable in using the interface of this smartphone. It runs Flyme 5.1 OS (Android Lollipop based) out of the box. Despite heavy customization, the UI offers a fluid performance.
As a budget smartphone, the M3 has highly impressed me on the front of camera performance. Its 13 MP rear shooter captures great images and is capable of recording 1080p videos as well. Phase-Detection Autofocus is another feature that will impress videographers.
Its camera app, too, is providing a number of manual controls. The front 5MP camera has an aperture of F/2.0, which is excellent for shooting wide angle images and videos.
Hybrid SIM Slot
The Meizu M3 is a dual SIM phone and also supports Indian 4G networks. You cannot put two SIM cards and a microSD card in this phone at the same time as it sports a hybrid slot.
Other Important Features of the Meizu M3:
The phone hails a 2870 mAh battery capable of giving full day battery backup on a single charge.
A Gyroscope sensor onboard makes Meizu M3 compatible with VR headsets.
- Solid build quality
- Indian 4G support
- Attractive looks
- 13 MP rear camera
- No fingerprint reader
- Display resolution could have been higher
The Meizu M3 does come with a number of advanced features; however, it is still not the best budget smartphone in Bharat, today. Some manufacturers are even offering fingerprint reader and better display resolution at this price point. The phone is good, but a late arrival in the Indian market.
Meizu M3 Note
Samsung was the first brand to use the term “Note” for a smartphone. People who follow the smartphone market will remember the launch of Galaxy Note in the year 2011. At that time, no one had even a single idea of how famous large display smartphones will become in coming days.
Today, manufacturers follow a simple strategy to boost sales. Generally, they offer two variants of their potential smartphones: first, with the screen size actually proposed in the blueprint of the phone; and second, with a slightly bigger/smaller display to attract people who like larger/smaller screens. The Meizu M3 Note is a result of the same strategy with a bigger display.
Generally, the Note variant of a smartphone does not differ from its original version in terms of looks. In the case of M3 Note, the above fact does not stand valid. It is different from the M3 smartphone on the outside as well as inside.
Interested people can purchase this device for a highly competitive price of 10,000 rupees.
Beautiful Outer Shell
The Meizu M3 Note is one of the most attractive budget smartphones available in the market. In fact, it looks even more beautiful than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
It features a unibody all-metal outer shell with a thickness of just 8mm. The back of the phone reminds me of iPhone 6S. A big downside of a metal body is: it might easily slip out if the hands are sweaty. Therefore, users will have to take extra care while using it.
Meizu has placed a powerful speaker at the bottom. This placement avoids muffling of audio when the phone is sitting on a table or a flat surface.
On the left and right side is a total of four bands that are supposed to help signal reception. There is no multitasking and back key on this phone. Both these functions come inbuilt in the central home button.
Bigger and Brighter Display
The USP of “Note” version of any smartphone is its big screen and so is the case with the Meizu M3 Note. On its front is a big 5.5-inch display built with IPS technology. No matter from which angle you look at the screen, there will be no color distortion.
The full HD resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels results in a high pixel density of 401 PPI. The M3 Note is also a good media consumption platform. Like its smaller variant, the M3 Note, too, features a thick layer of 2.5D curved glass.
I was excited to see how great this phone performs after reading that it sports Helio P10 chipset featuring a 1.8 GHz Octa-core processor. My real experience though was much different.
The phone is available in 3GB and 2GB variants. None of these variants is good at gaming. Games like Nova 3 and MC suffer from frequent frame drops. Asphalt 8 is absolutely unplayable on the M3 Note because of the choppiness it suffers from.
There is no problem with the hardware of this smartphone. Actually, Meizu has not done proper optimization of Android Lollipop based Flyme OS, Meizu custom user interface for honoring better experience to users.
Its 2GB variant offers 16 GB storage, out of which users get only 10GB on the first boot. On the other hand, the 3GB version comes with 32GB of onboard storage.
Satisfying Camera Performance
There is not much difference in the camera performance of the M3 Note and the M3. Both smartphones sport similar camera units: 13 MP on the back and 5MP on the front.
Its rear shooter is great for macro photography. Shallow depth of field helps in blurring the background and giving a professional look to images captured by it. I would like to admit though this phone shoots 16:09 images in 3MP mode only.
I would advise you to go for the M3 Note instead of the M3. It not only offers a better build quality and better display but features a fast fingerprint reader on the front as well.
In coming days, fingerprint reader equipped smartphones will get more prominence as they would allow users to safely pay bills, transfer money, and do net banking as well.
A high-resolution display always demands a bigger battery. This is the reason why Meizu has powered the M3 Note with a 4100 mAh battery. On moderate usage, a single charge will easily last for more than a day.
Other Important Features Of The Meizu M3 Note:
- Hybrid SIM card slot (Second SIM/MicroSD card)
- Compatible with Indian 4G bands
- Available in three colors option
- Long battery life
- Captures impressive macro shots
- Metal body
- Superior design
- Speaker is at the bottom
- Captures 16:09 images at 3 MP
- Hybrid microSD card slot
- Bad gaming performance
The Meizu M3 Note is not a gaming device. For all other purposes, this phone will suffice the needs. It has a solid looking outer shell, feels great in the hand, captures decent images, and features a high-resolution display panel, too. We cannot demand anything more at this price point.