Meizu M1 Note: Cheap Is The New Cool
Chinese smartphone companies appear to have this motto: “Cheap is the new cool.” One of the most popular phones of this year was OnePlus One, and the reason for its popularity was that it offered high-end specs in just about $300. Now we are about to see a new phone which might not be as powerful as OnePlus One or Galaxy S5, but will certainly be the best phone by value.
We are talking about Meizu M1 Note that the company announced this week. Apparently, M1 Note is Meizu’s take on Xiaomi Remi Note which has also gained popularity because of its low price. While Meizu’s phone also maintains low cost, it goes a step beyond Xiaomi by offering better specs than Redmi Note that seems to good to be true.
M1 Note features a 5.5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution. The screen has decent 400ppi density. To power this device, Meizu has picked MediaTek MT6752 processor which is an octa-core, 64-bit, 2GHz chip with 2GB of RAM. Redmi Note, on the other hand, has a 5.5-inch screen having 720p resolution with 267ppi.
While the specs are on par with Galaxy S4, M1 Note looks like Apple iPhone 5c. It will be released in variety of colors. The polycarbonate unibody will come in green, blue, pink, yellow, and white. It will be just 8.9mm thick which is not as good as other flagship phones but it is slimmer than Redmi Note. It is also lighter at 145 grams.
Other than a 13-megapixel rear camera produced by Samsung and a 5MP front camera, another impressive feature of M1 Note is its battery which is 3140mAh. So you don’t have to worry about the battery time as (on paper) it is enough to power a 5.5-inch device.
The device will also offer an option of 16GB and 32GB internal storage, and will run Android 4.4.4 Kitkat under Meizu’s Flyme user interface.
So what is your guess about its price? About 8 months ago, a device having such specs would have cost $500 without contract. But surprisingly, Meizu will be selling M1 Note in China for just $160. It really sounds too good to be true, in fact the company is offering more value per money as compared to OnePlus One.
The release date is not revealed yet but it will be available internationally through Meizu’s own online store.