The Meizu m1 note has been on sale in China for a few months and in India a few days, here is our unboxing and first impressions of this mid range Mediatek phone.
If you look at the current range of Meizu phones, the m1 note really is the no brainer of the bunch. Sure the Meizu MX4 Pro has a 2K display ,but is that really necessary? Sure the MX4 and MX4 Pro have 20.7 mega-pixel camera, but isn’t a decent 13 mega-pixel still respectable?
The Meizu m1 note costs around $220 through international resellers which is a fraction of the cost of the MX4 and MX4 Pro, the build is good and hardware isn’t tone sniffed at either.
Under the smooth unibody construction of the Meizu m1 note and behind that 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display is a 64bit octacore MT6752 processor, 2GB RAM and from 16GB internal memory. The m1 note is currently the only Meizu device to have room for dual SIM cards, but (and it is a big but for many) there is no space for a micro SD card!
Most current Meizu news is about the possible fact that Meizu are moving to physical home buttons and getting rid of the much-loved(?) smart bar navigation system in Flyme, but for the m1 note the we have a traditional Meizu set up including a lovely halo “breathing” home button and onscreen navigation.
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In the hand the Meizu m1 note reminds me a lot of the Meizu MX3, and that’s a good thing as I still feel the MX3 was built to standards rather than to meet price points. So while this is a unibody plastic phone, I have to say I prefer the feel of it to Meizu alloy flagships.
The unibody rear means there is a nice smooth finish with no lip, common on the MX4 and Pro due to the removable rear. The only detail that distracts from the overall feel is the SIM tray which does not sit flush with the frame.
You can see the Meizu m1 note unboxing and hands on in the video below.
Meizu m1 note unboxing and first impressions
So far I have only had a quick play around with the Meizu m1 note, but so far so good. The camera is nice, the speed of Flyme OS is good and the build quality is good. What more could you possibly want from a Meizu phone? Are the MX4 and Pro really worth the extra cost?
Thanks to ibywind.com who sent us this m1 note for review and who are also offering GizChina readers a $10 discount of the Meizu m1 note dropping the price to $209. Coupon code: gizm1note.