Meizu has not had much success in the Indian market for smartphones, but they have very good looking handsets in their portfolio. Take, for example, the new Meizu Note m3 that was announced at an event in New Delhi May 11. Now it is not significant lighthouse, but on paper it sounds like a nice blend of design and specifications with competitive price of Rs. 9,999.
But with the likes of Lenovo and Xiaomi, LeEco there a chance? Here are our first impressions of the smartphone.
Like many other smartphones in this price category, the m3 Note comes with a metal Uni-body design, although the Meizu iPhone inspirations are clearly visible. Nevertheless, it seems and feels good at something only 10,000 bucks. The aluminum structure gives it a high-end finishing and overall design feels solid, but similar to its predecessor, the Note m2. At 8.2mm, it feels relatively stylish and fits well in the hand thanks to the winding construction in the back.
The front has a 5.5 inch screen and is just above the front camera, the ambient light sensor and earpiece aligned carefully. Meizu does not offer traditional navigation buttons on Android so there’s just a home button below the display that doubles as a fingerprint reader.
The right side houses the volume rocker and power/sleep button, which all feel solid. On the left side there is a slot for the SIM tray hybrid, so you can either put two Nano SIM card or a Nano SIM card and micro SD card. The lower edge have the Micro USB port and speaker grilles. At the rear, there is the 13MP camera with dual LED flash and Meizu brand.
The handset does not offer something unique in terms of design, but it is not all bad. In fact, the clean and simple look works very well.
Meizu has kept the same Full HD screen of 5.5 inches which translates to 403 pixels per inch. It seems strong and vibrant. We could not test it in the sunlight, but it offers sufficient brightness, we assume it should work pretty decent, even under the harsh sun. Colors look nice and search through the user interface peppy, they seem to come out. Even the response of the touch screen seems fluid and showed no delays. The panel looks pretty good and at par with others at this price selling smartphones.
Chipset, RAM and storage:
The rocks of the new smartphone chipset MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 which has an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four at 1GHz. In terms of storage, there are two versions of the device, a memory of 16 GB and 2 GB of RAM and a variant 32GB storage and 3GB of RAM variant, but only the top version was made available without confirmation 16GB version of the ROM + 2GB RAM. Of course, memory is expandable through the slot for hybrid SIM card and a microSD card can be installed up to 128GB.
The combination of hardware and software seemed pretty good for the few minutes we tried the handset. It performs well and it felt pretty smooth, with no signs of slowing. Of course, actual results may be determined once we test properly.
Note the m3 has a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 lens aperture, the autofocus phase detection system and a dual LED flash tone. It seems almost like the phone last year which had a pretty good camera. Probably the only camera area does not follow the video mode you can shoot 1080p videos rather than 4K.
The front has a 5MP snapper with a lens f/2.0 aperture and the ability to record 1080p video as well. In our first impressions we thought it can draw good-looking selfies when shooting in a well-lit environment, otherwise you end up with a soft and noisy image.