Chinese brand Meizu is back with the next installment of flagship. Interestingly, a price of 10000 rupees for Indian market remains when many turn around could be spotted in terms of specifications and features. The M2 Note has better hardware, latest software, mighty battery power and DSLR camera management. It is a compact (gross weight is 149 gram, thickness is 8.7 mm) gadget in spite of lots features, which are rarely seen in a 10000 rupees smartphone.
This device is a choice of exceptional camera, brilliant call quality, superb battery life, and astonishing web browsing. Meizu has added USB OTG support, which makes it adaptable for memory expansion on demand.
I am great admirer of Huawei Honor 4x and Lenovo K3 Note in 9000 to 10000 rupees price band. Also, Xiaomi Mi4i is an excellent choice if someone looking for a better camera phone. However, Meizu M2 Note does better than Honor 4X and K3 Note particularly in Camera management. I would still prefer Honor 4X for being a complete smartphone, but camera and clarity in calling with long battery life makes Meizu M2 Note a hot chocolate cake. Its current selling price 9999 Rupees is after heavy discount in the official MRP 14499 rupees.
M2 Note Highlights
- Android Lollipop 5.0
- Dual SIM, Indian 4G LTE
- Octa Core Processor
- 2GB RAM, 16GB internal, 128GB microSD card Support
- 5 inches FHD display
- 13MP, 2MP, FHD Recording camera
- 3100 mAh battery
- SAR Value : 0.345 W/Kg head; 0.928 W/Kg body
- SIM Ejector Tool
- USB Cable
- 2Amp wall charger
- Earphone (not in-ear type)
Built and Design
The M2 Note sports a regular form factor measured in 150.9mm long, 75.2mm wide and 8.7mm thick. Its gross weight is 149gram. Meizu has made changes in control key that works bit awkward for the first time user. Here, Home key works as a master control button requires practice for better usages.
On the left side of the phone has volume rocker and power button. Card trey, which follows hybrid design for both -SIM and MicroSD card insertion, is placed at the right side of this phone. M2 Note is a dual SIM phablet supports either two micro SIMs or one SIM and one microSD card.
At the top of the device has 3.5mm jack for audio out. Going to the bottom, main speaker, USB port and primary MIC are placed side-by-side. 13MP Primary camera, which is main feature, has got placed at the rear along with double tone LED flash.
LED notification placed at up front indicates notification based on user’s setting barring battery charging status. 5MP front facing camera sits right there as well.
Overall look and feel of this phone is not extraordinary. It is sleek, simple and, in spite of wider screen quite adequate for single hand operation. Most of us habituated using phone in left hand, the M2 Note is designed do that convincingly. It has rounded design at sides makes good to hold in the hand. Its back is flat, no camera hump, and much easier to keep on a flat table.
Unlike a regular Android capacitive buttons, M2 Note has a master Home Key clickable for going back, apps navigation, touch action or return home screen directly. You need at least two to three days of regular usages for easiness manoeuvre over the phone.
I did not find exceptional feature in the built. Multipurpose Home Key does get appreciation though I disapprove compromise in SIM management. Dual SIM feature is a need so no concession accepted particularly in Indian context. Since this device is branded for photography, external memory is needed to store large media contents.
2GB RAM Memory
In terms of memory management, the M2 Note is the best in class with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and 128GB MicroSD card support. USB OTG inclusion makes this gadget an ultimate choice for HD content playback. After the first boot, approx 780MB free RAM and 11.50GB free storage is available for users.
I am really disappointed for 780MB free RAM from 2GB installation. Once again it emboldens my claim of stock Android being much better than something custom tried by new days brands.
Lithium-ion 3100mAh battery has longevity, despite hard usages and constant multitasking. The M2 Note is not a choice in gaming so adds advantage for better usages of battery fuel. Sealed-in battery is a passable design does not require further amplification.
In a closest comparison with 3000mAh battery in Honor 4X, 2900mAh battery in K3 Note, the Meizu M2 Note packs 3100mAh – quite sufficient for 4 to 5 hours of active screen. If power saving module is active, battery backup might be extended further.
The 5 inches FHD display is an IPS LCD panel has a pixel density of 401 PPI. Corning gorilla glass protection is inducted for better safety against undue incident. I cannot say the display is a trend setter although in 10000 rupees Meizu offers magnificent screen has nice punchy colours, wide viewing angles, no brightness distortion along with some noticeable factor to emphasize betterment.
Processor – 6/10
The M2 Note offers terrible gaming experience. Today’s benchmark for 10000 rupees is much higher in terms of gaming. Its competitor does better for top games such as Asphalt, Nova, FIFA, Modern combat and so on. In fact, M2 note cannot even play Asphalt 8 in medium setting, which is easily playable at most of low cost phones. The reason obliviously points to custom UI, which is not conducive to free CPU and RAM for high-end gaming. Furthermore, 780MB free RAM makes terrible for gaming in top setting.
Meizu M2 Note is powered by a 64bit Octa core MediaTek processor, coupled with a Mali T720 MP3 graphic unit and 2GB RAM.
This phone is not an ideal choice for gaming. You will be welcomed with frequent lag, overheating, frames drops. In fact, M2 Note is the first flagship phone does badly in gaming and hard multitasking. Although I am not a big fan of Smartphone gaming but heating while multitasking is certainly not accepted. At many occasions, I had encounter heating notably around camera placement at the rear.
In spite of some problem in software hardware integration, the M2 Note is a great device below 10000 rupees for casual usages. I would commend the brand Meizu for doing well in the early stage. If this is progress, I can predict Meizu to be the next Gionee, which is selling a device in every 7 minutes to Indian consumers.
- Subway surfers – Smooth and easily playable
- Front line Commando D-day – Playable, but gets heated very quickly
- Dead Trigger 2 – Easily playable
- Asphalt 8 – Only in low setting.
- Modern Combat 5 – You have to play in basic graphic setting
- FIFA 15 – Wow! Brilliant colour reproduction, smooth lag-free play
- Riptide GP2 – Just minor lag and huge frame drop
- Leo's Fortune – Sharp contrast, brilliant colour reproduction, good in playing
- Nova 3 – Terrible experience
- Quadrant: 16529
- AnTuTU 5: 32369
- Vellamo: 1769
- Linpack: 252.112
- Geekbench 3: Single Core = 572, Multi Core = 2649
- Nenamark 2: 56.6 fps
- GFXBench: 676.7
- Base mark X: 5.153
- Base Mark OS II: 805
Having 5.5inches FHD display makes M2 Note a suitable gadget for multimedia experience. However, main speaker is not well and does not offer high audio out. I am not saying sound output is low rather not too loud as compare to its competitor and recently reviewed Redmi 2 Prime. I am impressed with sound clarity and bass balance along with the fact of being better in terms of calling in speaker mode. In addition, main speaker does not rattle on high note, maintains balance between bass, treble and midrange. Here, user can play FHD video from YouTube, OTG and internal storage.
Calling & Connectivity
I would highly recommend this phone for loud and clear calling. M2 Note is consistent in quality whether on speaker mode or earphone mode – call quality remains the best. Yes, you can make laudable speaker call in noisy ambient.
I am impressed with Indian 4G speed result, which fluctuate between 10 to 30 MBPS on Airtel 4G network. Also, it does fine in 3G HSPA mode with a consistent speed of 4 to 5 MBPS. It also does well in EDEG and GPRS mode. In fact, I had good web-browsing experience in 2G mode.
Meizu’s M2 Note offers wide range of connectivity options. Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 5GHz, Mobile Hotspot, GSP (A-GPS) and USB 2.0 are some majors for hassle-free device-to-device and network connectivity.
Nowadays, I am quite taker of GPS assistance. All credit goes to Indian government for launching a satellite for better GPS navigation across country. The M2 Note offers instant GPS, which locks in a second.
Operating System and User Interface
I am not able to rear logic behind a custom user interface, which does nothing to improve user experience. Meizu’s Flyme 4.5 is not a better solution for stock Android UI. Yes, I would agree for Camera modules, which offers easiness for a regular user to attempt for quick professional photography. I am really excited with simplicity in camera application, which takes image rather quickly in optimum quality.
Meizu M2 note runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. It is not stock Android and Meizu attempt for custom is in poor taste. Meizu’s Flyme 4.5 user interface takes a big slice of processor-power and RAM-memory in the regular operation. When a phone based on Stock Android shares 1.3 to 1.4 GB free RAM out of 2GB RAM installation, Meizu’s Flyme UI dares with only 780MB free RAM. I am disappointed with usability further embolden by heating and terrible gaming experience.
- Indian languages are not supported
- Video calling does not work
- Keypad do not feature number rows
- User cannot edit quick setting toggle
- Call recording is enabled
- Widget support for easy application usages
- Gesture control makes application access, lock and unlock quite easy
- Web-browsing is quite easy thanks for fast network and flexible pinch-to-zoom and smooth scrolling
- DND ( Do not disturb) option for block calls from unwanted number
- Colour temperature optimization
The Flyme user interface adds multiple home pages filled with many apps. You can customize them with in-built custom launcher. Even though I question Flyme usability factor, but the fact is it is nicely built user interface does fine in basic usages.
Much like “MIUI” and “Inlife”, Flyme offers option to control notification. However, the process is bit complicated here. At the time of application installation, user has option to choose between ON or OFF for
Auto Lunch – Be part of system restart or boot
Auto Notification – Alert mention in system notification list
Home Button – I like quick clickable feature of the Home Key, which is designed as a fingerprint scanner. Basically it is a multipurpose multifunction master key for all operations.
Single Tap – Back similar to capacitive control button
Easy Press – Behave like a home key. You will be taken back to Home-screen
Long Press – Power OFF the display
First I do not endorse custom user interface, then Flyme with destitute built does not go well for me. My rating of seven points goes to the latest Android, camera application and a magical home button.
13MP 5MP Camera
I can make a statement firmly that the Meizu M2 Note is the best camera phone below 10000 rupees at present. Brilliant focus, quality result and speedy response are three basics in both front and rear camera module.
Primary and selfie camera offers awesome result in image and video content output mode.
- One of the fastest camera phone below 10000 rupees
- Fast shutter speed
- Camera module offers control over shutter speed and ISO
- 1080P recording from front and rear shooter
- Output image and video have very good background details when subject remains in focus constantly
- Duel LED flash makes the primary camera a rear monster in low lightning condition
- Front camera is no lesser than the primary camera in terms of quality, focus, and speed.
- One of the best selfie shooter phone in 10000 rupees
The M2 note offers simple camera interface, which is quite easy for taking a HD picture and FHD video. At the first camera interface offers three touch buttons for video recording, snap shooting and recent gallery. User can swipe on the display to change mode for the best output settings.
Auto mode is by default. Slow motion shoots 60 second video. Other modes are Scene, light-field, panorama, beauty (smile, smoothening and Whitening) along with manual mode, which offers setting for exposure, ISO, shutter-speed and flash-control. User should try manual mode for better performance in low light.
- Metering separation
- Store location
- Level Gauge
- Photo size from 4:3 to 16:9
- Record 1080P video in 16:9
- This is a brilliant camera phone
- Buy this phone for excellent call quality
- A suitable choice for web-browsing
- Long battery life
- Main speaker loudness is just OK
- Poor Gaming
- Frequent heating
- Limited service center stores
I have explained this phone in great details. I cannot rate it a paisa Vasool smartphone and the reason oblivious. Also, Meizu is limited with few service centers in India. I consider it an excellent gadget for basic usages and advance camera performance.
|Magic Box||Handset built-in Battery, 2Amp Charger, USB Cable, Earphone|
|SIM||Dual, Hybrid, Nano, GSM, 4G/3G+2G/1G|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.3 GHz, MediaTek MT6753|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 128GB SD card Support, USB OTG|
|Screen||5.5 inches, FHD, 1080×1980 Pixels, IPS LCD, 401 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Camera||13MP[P], 5MP[F], Dual-LED Flash, 4X ZOOM, 1920×1080 @ 30 FPS|
|Battery||3100 mAH, Li-ion, Non-removable|
|Connectivity||BT 4.0, USB 2.0, FM, 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, OTG|
|Body||8.7 mm[Th], 149 grams [W]|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Hall, IR Gesture, Light, Proximity|