Meizu M2 Note

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Meizu M2 Note- Introduction

Meizu has been the new Chinese smartphone maker to enter the Indian market. It started off with the launch of the Meizu’s m1 note which was launched in the month of May for Rs 11,999. It has been three months since that launch and Meizu is now out with an upgrade – the Meizu m2 note.

Meizu M2 Note- Display

meizu m2 note display

The Meizu M2 Note gives the best display. The 5.5-inch 1080p display is probably the best in the sub-10K value position right now. It offers the best viewing angles we’ve seen till now on a mobile display in this price range. Colors are almost accurate and the display is easily viewable in all lighting conditions. I just have one complaint about the display and that’s because it doesn’t offer Gorilla Glass, the touch feel isn’t that slick.

Meizu M2 Note- Design

meizu m2 note design

The Meizu M2 Note’s design looks very familiar as some design tip have been taken from the erstwhile iPhone 3GS. It’s not a unique design, but it’s different, especially in this price point. Meizu has also taken a leaf out of Samsung’s design book and gives the phone a physical home button, which manage as a back button as well. Long press this button and it’ll lock the screen, double tap it to go back one screen. So, the phone has only one button doing the job of two navigational buttons.

Meizu M2 Note- Camera

meizu m2 note camera

Meizu m2 note comes with a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture 5-element lens whereas a 5MP front-facing camera with a f/2.0 aperture 4-element lens. The camera user interface gives quite a lot of exciting features for a sub-Rs 10k phone. You get the normal filters, HDR mode and Beauty mode, but there’s also slow motion video mode, light field mode, manual mode and a scan mode which is helpful when scanning bar codes.

The focusing speed isn’t the fastest, but good enough to shoot in the daylight. The HDR mode is really subtle in the sense that there’s no aggressive blowing up of highlights, which is good.

Meizu M2 Note- Performance

meizu m2 note performance

Meizu M2 Note packs with a clocked at 1.3 GHz, octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor, backed by the Mali-T720MP3 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Call quality was good and the earpiece speakers are decently loud but in traffic you’ll need to strain your ears. The benchmark scores are on most occasions lower than those seen on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC jaunty devices such as the Oppo R5, Xiaomi Mi4iYu Yureka and so on. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a slow phone.

Meizu M2 Note- Software

Most of the Chinese phones we’ve seen in the market off late, come with their own custom user interfaces. Meizu isn’t any different and it bundles its phones with the Flame user interface. The Meizu m2 note comes with the Flyme UI 4.5 atop Android 5.1. The design is totally different from the Android Lollipop. For a beginner, there are no back or task-switch keys. To go back, you simply touch the home button and you’ll be able to go back. Come to the home screen from anywhere, just press on to the home button.

Meizu M2 Note- Hardware

meizu m2 note hardware

Hardware wise the Meizu m2 note uses the similarly design language as its predecessor. It comes with a plastic unibody design that completely wraps around the phone. The resemblance to the iPhone 5c is pretty obvious. The dark grey coloured phone has quite a clean finish and the rounded edges don’t help with a rock solid grip.

The top edge has a 3.5mm audio jack, on the left-hand side you’ve the nano SIM card slot, on the right you’ve the volume rocker button followed by the power/standby button. The base has the microUSB port nearby which you’ve the opening for the speaker grills.

Meizu M2 Note- Battery

meizu m2 note battery

The phone is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery which has become nearly a standard for 5.5-inch full HD devices. The battery is non-removable. PC Mark for Android gave around 8 hrs 32 minutes of on-screen time and the phone easily serve over a day of common usage involving messaging, clicking and uploading images, web surfing, video streaming and playing casual games.

Meizu M2 Note- Verdict

Overall the Meizu M2 Note looks like a best phablet that will offer lots of bang for the buck. The last international pricing of the M2 Note will play a big role in determining how successful the M2 Note will be outside of China. We found the Meizu m2 note to do well on the most number and there were few areas where we found everything lacking as such in the phone.

The performance is a bit slower when compared to Snapdragon 615 SoC showy devices and heat is noticeable outdoors. The Meizu’s gestures and user interface may not be to everyone’s liking and we surely hope that Meizu does something about the English font optimization. Barring these drawbacks, the Meizu m2 note delivers a good battery life and camera performance.

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