Meizu m3 Note Review : New experience on an affordable price
Meizu, the Chinese based company which is now trying to get a permanent position in the Indian smartphone market. Meizu offers simple yet powerful Android experience with affordable pricing. Meizu smartphones are not much expensive and a normal person can afford its pricing, just like other Chinese based OEMs such as Xiaomi, LeEco. Meizu;s one of the big plus is that they can deliver simple, yet quality products for consumers and hence, all the Smartphone models have very simple user interface. These user-friendly models ensure that you spend minimal time in figuring out how the device works, and more in actually using it.
Meizu launched their one of the best device m3 Note in India back in April, 2015. Just like other Meizu models, the m3 Note also comes as an innovation.The m3 Note is one such model, which is sure to bring you the best of all smart features. These lightweight stylish Smartphones come with advanced cameras, processors and user interface to offer you an efficient performance. In simple words, m3 Note is designed to let people experience the brilliance of these next generation Smartphones.Because of many plus points like the design and pricing, m3 Note always rocks.
- 5.5 inch GFF LTPS capacitive screen, 1920×1080 pixels
- CPU:Helio P10 MTK6755 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 1.8GHz x4 + ARM Cortex-A53 1.0GHz x4
- GPU: ARM Mali-T860
- Flyme 5.1 based on Android 5.1, 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
- Dual Nano SIM Card, Dual standby (SIM1/2 support 4 g network, can be set up in the interface switch SIM1/2 data business mode, another card slot only support the GSM at this time, SIM1 Nano – SIM card compatible with the microSD card, can be used according to demand)
- Dual Cameras, 5.0MP front camera, 13.0MP back camera with flashlight and auto focus
- Support FDD LTE/4G/3G/GPS/Wifi/Bluetooth/Mtouch 2.1/4100mAh
- Networking:2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, CDMA: Bc0
- 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- 4G: FDD LTE: 1800/2100/2600MHz
|Operating System||Flyme 5.1 based on Android 5.1|
|CPU||Helio P10 MTK6755 Octa Core ARM® Cortex®-A53™1.8GHz x4 + ARM® Cortex®-A53™ 1.0GHz x4|
|ROM||32GB / 16GB|
|Screen type||GFF LTPS capacitive screen|
|Screen size||5.5 inch|
|Screen resolution||1920×1080 pixels|
|Screen color||16000K colors|
|Wireless connectiveity||GSM, 3G, 4G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth|
|Frequency||2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, CDMA: Bc0|
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz, TD-SCDMA: B34/39MHz
4G: FDD LTE: 1800/2100/2600MHz, TDD: B38/39/40/41MHz
|WiFi||Yes, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless network|
|GPS||Yes, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Camera type||Dual cameras (one front one back)|
Corning ® Gorilla third-generation lens protective glass
ƒ / 2.2 aperture
PDAF phase focusing
Flash color temperature
f / 2.0 aperture
FotoNation 2.0 intelligent beauty
Enhanced Face Face AE Exposure
|SIM card slot||Dual Nano SIM Card, Dual standby (SIM1/2 support 4 g network, can be set up in the interface switch SIM1/2 data business mode, another card slot only support the GSM at this time, SIM1 Nano – SIM card compatible with the microSD card, can be used according to demand)|
|TF card slot||Yes|
|USB slot||Micro USB|
|Audio output||Yes (3.5mm audio out port)|
|Video format||3GP, MP4, RMVB|
|Audio format||WAV, AMR, MP3|
|Image format||GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG|
|FM radio||No Supported|
|Language||English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese|
|Sensor||Infrared distance sensor, Gyroscope, Environment, Touch sensor, Electronic compass|
|Additional features||4G, 3G, WIFI, GPS, FM, Bluetooth, Ebook, Email,Messaging, wallpapers, calendar, calculator,clock, camera,tethering & portable hotspo, Touch ID, etc|
|Standby time||About 2~3 days|
|Charger||USB, travel charger|
|Dimension & Weight (Main Product)|
|1 × Phone|
|1 × Built-in Battery|
|1 × USB cable|
|1 × Power adapter|
1) Design and display
Meizu m3 Note is a mid range Android smartphone with 5.5 inch display. It is a full HD display and it posses 1080×1920 pixels resolution. If we looking more at the display part, we can understand that it is a 2.5D curved glass design. The display of the device is good in that category, but it is not excellent. Also it doesn’t stay better with the other devices in the same price. The brightness is not up to mark, because it is little bit fade than other devices. So it is very hard to read in sunlight. But for this price, Meizu trying their best to deliver the quality display as well. It is not enough for some pro users, but it is not too bad.
The design of the device is very nice as it feels like a premium device. Additionally,it features a physical Home button which also works as the fingerprint scanner. Which is nice and that physical Home button imparts more beauty to the device. The fingerprint scanner in the Home button is a nice thing, but it is not as much good because the scanner failed many times while testing the fingerprint unlocking feature. It features a metal body which gives a gorgeous look to the device. It also boosts the premium experience of m3 note.
2) Software – Flyme OS
Just like all other models of Meizu, m3 Note also comes with the cool custom UI, Flyme. Flyme is a custom ROM developed exclusively for Meizu products. It is based on Android and it packs with some great tweaks and features with the full power of Android operating system. Meizu m3 note comes pre-installed with the Android Lollipop 5.1 with the custom UI, Flyme. If we use the Flyme ROM for some time, we will notice a big thing – Flyme OS is almost same as the Apple’s iOS user interface. The system animations, app menus, settings windows etc. are 90% same as the iOS. Simply, Flyme is an iOS inspired custom ROM like all Chinese based device ROMs. LeEco’s EUI, Xiaomi’s MIUI etc. are showing some small similarities to the iOS, but they are not much same as Flyme. Because in a funny way, we can say that Flyme is a modified form of iOS. The disappointing thing is that m3 Note still on Android lollipop instead of latest Marshmallow. But we can expect Marshmallow update in future. Because the device has the capability to run higher operating systems. One of the bad thing in the m3 note is that we can’t root the device. Root support not available for the software yet. It is a sad thing for some super users.
Meizu packs the m3 note with one of the best quality cameras. You will get a 13 megapixel PDAF auto-focus main camera as well as a 5 megapixel front cam. For this pricing, the camera is awesome and is very suitable for this price. 13 megapizel PDAF auto-focus rear camera gives some cool pics even in low light as well as day light. The front camera is also good one, it gives some good selfies even in low light conditions. The 13 megapixel main camera of the Meizu m3 note uses cutting edge technology in both the sensor and the TrueBright ISP engine to ensure exquisite photos and videos. With advanced PDAF auto-focus technology, you can capture even more details. Overall, Meizu succeeded in providing importance in the camera part of the m3 note.
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4) Performance and features
Meizu m3 note has some good features and specifications. And the specifications are really great in that price range, because it offers good hardware specs as well as features for only Rs. 9999. Which is the most inspiring (somewhat innovative) factor in the Meizu m3 note.
As you already know, the devices which are running on Mediatek Helio processor are not much good. Because the Mediatek processor is not much good for the performance. So you will face a lot of performance issues in a Mediatek powered device. But Meizu m3 note rewrites the story. It runs flawlessly on the Mediatek Helio P10 processor which is clocked at 1.8 GHz. Meizu m3 note doesn’t lag or freeze while heavy usage like gaming. At the same time, 95% of Mediatek powered devices are lagging while performing even small tasks. But the heavily customized Flyme OS cuts down the performance of the device in a small extent. m3 note has a 3GB of RAM and a 32GB of internal storage. You can also expand the storage space by adding microSD card and it will support up to 128GB. The storage is somewhat acceptable factor in m3 note. The 3GB RAM provides better processing and loading speed. If we are looking at the battery, we can see a 4,100 mAh battery. This huge battery gives some good battery backup, but the heavily customized Flyme OS sucks the battery life. It lasts up to 2 days in normal usage.
The connectivity options are 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. The device has some heating issues while playing heavy games and applications. But it is not very hot. As you know, devices with metal body will become more hot in heavy usage than in other devices. We hope a new OTA update in future will resolve the noticeable lags and heating issue.
Should I buy or not ?
This is the most important section in this review. Hope you have read the review completely. Did you like the product ?. We are recommending this product because of this nice affordable price. You will get all the super specialities of an advanced new generation phone for only Rs.9999. So you can buy it without second thought. But be sure to compare it with the other products like LeEco Le 1s, Xiaomi redmi Note 3 etc.