Though Meizu M1 Note hasn’t been around for a long time, the Company still decided to bring in the successor of Meizu M1 Note, Meizu M2 Note into the market. The great thing about the Company is it did not change show the significant difference in the successor. The Meizu M2 Note Specs are top notch at this price range offering. Apart from specs summary, Does this low budget Smartphone offers something that other companies cannot provide? Let’s take a dig at Meizu M2 Note!
There are no particular changes between the predecessor and the successor in the design area. Though the mobile design lack some creativity from top to bottom but it offers a great deal with glossy finish and the rounded R-Design curve. The device feels pretty great in the hands and sits comfortably in the palm. The Volume rocker and the power button are placed on the left side which makes us feel comfortable about it. The buttons also gives an immediate feedback and all are within the reach. On the other side, we have the dual SIM card and microSD card slot as a combo. Like other Smartphones, the headphone 3.5mm jack and microUSB port are found at top and bottom respectively. The Speaker looks great at the bottom of the Smartphone and you can found it next to the USBport. The most notable change is the addition of a physical home button up front, replacing the circular capacitive key that also doubled as a notification LED.
The Meizu N2 Norte comes with a brilliant 1080p display with IGZO display and offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The sharpness of the display also results great with a pixel density of 403 ppi and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel. The best thing about this Smartphone is that Display which is exactly like its predecessor that comes with excellent viewing angles and brightness. This time, the successor is a step ahead in this area with colors even more vivid than the predecessor. There are also some other elements that make the Display best in the market at that price range which includes adaptive brightness which works great and also response well to the changes in the environment. There is a new system which allows us the control over the color temperature through new system. So I think the Smartphone leaved us stunned with the Display and its amazing features so far and moreover the price is a bit lower. Finally, it’s well furnished with packed features at low-cost offering and this screen is certainly the best we’ve seen when compared to other smartphones that fall in this price category.
Every time when we start reviewing a Smartphone we basically look at its performance more than anything. The Meizu M2 Note comes with a octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, clocked at 1.3GHz, which is backed aby a Mali-T72MP3 graphical Processor Unit and covers it with 2GB of RAM. The highly efficient multi-processing technology, allows the CPU and GPU to work together perfectly. The 64-bit processor is powered by the all-new Flyme OS 4.5 based on Android 5.1 to deliver a smooth user experience. The perfect synergy between the 2 GB of onboard RAM and Samsung’s advanced 16 GB eMMC 5.0 high-speed flash memory performs far beyond anything else in this price range. You will never have to worry about a shortage of memory. With less pre-installed apps, large internal memory and Android 5.1, the MEIZU m2 brings the same fluent high-end experience as the MX5 provides.
The disappointing thing is that the processor is clocked at a lower rate than the M1 Note. This results in the 25% lower performance than its predecessor and also reflected in the benchmark scores. That doesn’t make this Smartphone keeps drag, the availability of 2GB of RAM is a big advantage and makes the multi-tasking smooth. You can even play the high performance games with ease by the support of GPU.
The M2 Note comes with 16 GB and 32 GB of storage options and you can even expand the memory via microSD card support up to 128GB which is very commendable. Like M1 Note, this device also allows the second Sim card slot to function as the microSD card slot. That leaved the user to decide on whether to expand the memory or to utilize dual-Sim card option. M2 Note is not a just a successor to M1 Note but it also brought some remarkable changes like the better connect iity options, fixest o some GPU issues which are faced in the M1 Note and many more. Though, the M2 Note offers the high-internet speed via 4G LTE but before buying you have to check it with your network operator. Unfortunately, the device is limited to HSPA+ on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the US. In India, the 4G services are just starting and there is no need to worry it in the current instance.
The audio quality seems to be same with the both Smartphones but it gets loud and we can experience some distortion at the highest volume level. The placement of the speaker is unique and you don’t need to worry while holding the phone in the landscape orientation. Coming to the battery, it comes with a massive 3,100 mAH and comfortably allows us to use the phone full day with some heavy usage. With the brightness set to auto and while using HSPA+ for most of the day, the device lasted for around 14 hours, with just over 4 hours of screen-on time, with usage that included taking a lot of pictures and using navigation for 20 minutes.
The MEIZU m2 note is equipped with a Samsung 13 megapixel CMOS camera, which produces rich, sharp and extremely detailed pictures. The premium dual-tone flash delivers an accurate white balance, even in low-light environments. The zero-delay shooting technology captures every beautiful moment for you. The upgraded FotoNation beatifying system in the 5 megapixel front camera was upgraded to accelerate the process, meaning that your pictures can be shared without waiting! The image quality is unstabilizing and it is obvious an impressive camera offering for a device at this price point. There are some issues with the exposure but some great shots are possible with this camera and the take images feature good color with detail reproduction.
The camera application is simple and interface also fairly minimalistic with auto mode that is very easy to use. Apart from it, the camera also allows us great manual control over the camera which allows us to shot at our liking.
Almost all the chinse Company’s Smartphones ship with their owned custom ROM and Meizu also ships the M2 Note with the latest Flyme OS 4.5.1, a custom version of Android based 5.1 Lollipop. This Flyme Operating System gives a lot of things but at the same time some flaws might show up during the usage and it is obvious to all smartphones. For example, as expected, there are no Google Play services available out of the box, and while there are a few Google Installer applications in the Meizu App Center, features like Google Now are still missing.
The Voice-assistant and Drive mode system are limited to Chinse version and there are some other chinse applications which aren’t useful much. TO surprise, these apps can be uninstalled from the phone and saves us some valuable memory. For now, users will also be limited to free features only, as you will be unable to purchase any music subscriptions, apps, or themes. Finally, the default keyboard isn’t very good for non-Chinese speaking users. As mentioned though, it will all be a very different story with the international version of the device.
These negatives aside, there is a lot that is great with the software experience as well. For starters, the gesture wakeup feature is fantastic, and letter gestures can be customized and added to directly open a particular app, with the device executing everything very quickly. You also have the ability to choose which apps can be launched from the lockscreen with a swipe to the left or right.
The system apps are all beautifully designed, and the music app comes with a large collection of free to stream music. The Tips application is very useful, Smart Touch is a fun feature to use, and the device also packs power saving modes that go beyond what is offered with stock Android. Finally, the transitions between the various elements of the UI are consistent, and provide a very nice visual experience.
1920 x 1080 resolution, 403 ppi
|Processor||1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753
expandable via microSD up to 128 GB
|Camera||13 MP rear camera with dual LED flash
5 MP front-facing camera
|Connectivity||HSPA, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Software||Flyme OS 4.5.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Dimensions||150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm
|Colors||Grey, White, Blue, Pink|
As a whole, the Company offers a great deal of package in the Phablet range and it also give the value for every buck. The final international pricing of the M2 Note will play a big part in determining how successful the M2 Note will be outside of China. Although it’s very unlikely to match the 799RMB (around $129, £85, AU$168) or 999RMB (around $161, £106, AU$210) Chinese price tags, if Meizu can get the price somewhere near that figure, it could have a hit on its hands.