When you search for affordable, where do you look? The answer is simple even when it comes to smartphones: China. And China offers everything you need, from a colorful Android smartphone, to an affordable price tag and good performance, all in one, especially with the release of Meizu M1.
Now, we all know China is widely known for its copycat devices and products, but bear with me for a few minutes and maybe you’ll change your mind with this Meizu M1.
After Meizu’s smartphone M8 sales were freeze by the Apple Company, by ordering Meizu to stop selling their model because of design plagiarism, the company seemed to learn its lesson. But it’s clear as day, especially after Meizu wasn’t shy about “borrowing” Apple’s design, that their new model M1, has some similarities with Apple’s iPhone 5C series. However, Meizu M1 is actually an answer for its competitor of another Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi which newly launched its Redmi Note 2 model, earlier this month. And if you can get passed the striking resemblance between the three devices, I am sure you’ll be able to see Meizu’s M1 good points.
Now, moving on to more interesting details, the Meizu M1 it’s not only colorful, being available in 5 different colors and white, but is also very affordable, having a price tag of almost $110. This makes it a great choice in matter of price value and performance. And unlike its competitor Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Meizu M1 is a little bit larger, with a 5-inch display that comes with 1280 x 768 resolution and a 300PPI pixel density.
The Meizu M1 provides a 64-bit MediaTek MT6732 SoC, clocked at 1.5GHz, featuring a quad-core Cortex-A53 and a high-end Mali-T760 GPU, while Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 features a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 chip. The smartphone’s internal hardware will have 1GB of RAM, unlike Redmi Note 2 which is superior in this case, having 2GB of RAM. The Meizu M1 also has 8GB of internal memory, and can be extended up to 128GB through microSD card, but an internal memory of 16GB would have been more useful than a huge memory card.
More, the M1 has an unexpected 13Megapixel rear camera and a 5Megapixel front camera which comes with an F2.0 aperture and a Pure Cell noise reduction technology. The sensor on the front camera seems to be similar to the sensor on the Meizu M1 Note and MX4 Pro. Meizu also outdone itself by incorporating a 2610 mAh battery, again shadowing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 which has a 2200 mAh battery. Furthermore, Meizu has GPS, 4G LTE (Chinese bands), Glonass and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Meizu will run on Android 4.4 KitKat with their Flyme 4.2 skin on top of it.
Meizu also has a 5.5-inch display M1 version, called the M1 Note. The Meizu M1 Note has more or less the same specifications as the 5-inch M1, but instead comes with 2GB of RAM, it will be available in 16GB and 32GB of internal memory, but without the microSD slot card. The M1 Note will also have a 64-bit octo-core MediaTek processor (MT6752), powered by ARM’s Cortex A-53. It has a 3140mAh battery and it’s Dual-SIM.
The lack of microSD card is a slight drawback for the M1 Note, but this doesn’t change the fact for either of both versions, that M1 is a capable device and for the price tag it’s sold is convenient as well. As in matter of design, we all got used for the China’s bold subtlety to look for inspiration at other popular designs and I’m sure we can overlook it just because this time, the Meizu’s efforts to enter on the smartphones market is finally paid off. They definitely created a product that can compete with their rival, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and with any other mid-range handset.
The Meizu M1 smartphone will be available for pre-order in China, starting February 5th, for CNY 699, or $110, in your choice of color: peppermint green, pink, yellow, green, blue or white; while the M1 Note is going to be sold at a price of under $200.
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