Meizu m3 note unveiled with a bang: aluminum unibody, massive battery, low price
And so it begins. Meizu’s remarkable 2016 push for the domestic low-cost crown, as well as Western relevance, that is. Of course, the up-and-coming Chinese OEM is looking to warm us up with a momentous opening act before unleashing the Pro 6 headliner.
Meet the Meizu m3 note, an affordable Android powerhouse meant to even give Xiaomi chills with its spectacular bang for buck. The rumors were mostly right, as the 5.5-incher starts at the equivalent of $125 or so with a Full HD display in tow and more than respectable octa-core Helio X10 processor handling your gaming, heavy browsing and multimedia needs.
What’s totally unexpected is the m3 note’s colossal 4,100 mAh battery, which dwarfs the 3,100 mAh cell inside last year’s m2 note, yet it somehow leads to a slimmer 8.2mm device profile. Granted, you’re looking at a slightly bulkier 163-gram slab here, but the wasp waist remains an amazing engineering feat.
The same goes for the aluminum unibody construction, though Meizu scores very few points for originality, with minimal bells and whistles on the back, and a customary home physical button hiding a fingerprint sensor on the front.
Is there anything not to like about the Meizu m3 note? Actually, yes: the pre-loaded Flyme-skinned Android 5.1 Lollipop iteration feels unacceptable this day and age. Luckily, you have so many redeeming qualities, you almost can’t say no to the upper mid-ranger if you’re in the market for a sub-$150 phone… in China.
2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage space to start with. 3 gigs of memory and a 32GB ROM at an extra cost. 13 and 5MP cameras. 4G LTE connectivity. MicroSD and dual SIM support. Last but not least, 2.5D curved glass. Come on, Meizu, you can’t be so cruel as to keep this Moto G killer exclusive to your homeland!