$130 Meizu m2 note now official, and it features a physical home button


After weeks of hype, leaks and rumours, Meizu today finally showed off what the m2 note looks like in the flesh. There’s a lot on the phone that resembles the first gen note from the company — the m1 note — but then there’s perhaps just enough to differentiate between the two.

To start off, the Meizu m2 note has a 5.5-inch full HD 1920 x 1080p display. It is an IGZO panel that comes from the Sharp facilities, which should be up to par with other phones, perhaps even more expensive ones. The grunt of the m2 note comes from the 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6753 1.3GHz processor that is has on board along with 2GB RAM and 16/32GB of on-board storage.

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It was easy to predict what the m2 note would have on the imaging side of things. Yeah, you’re right; it is an f/2.2 13 mega-pixel sensor (with dual LED flash) on the rear, and an f/2.0 5 mega-pixel front snapper.

Android 5.0, overlaid with Meizu’s ’64-bit Flyme OS’ will take charge of software on the phone, with a 3100mAh battery looking after power supply. The dual SIM phone will offer 4G LTE connectivity (FDD- and TD-LTE), along with an expansion slot (microSD), so it is assumed that you either use the phone in dual SIM mode or in single SIM + microSD. The m2 note will be 8.7mm thick, 0.2mm down from the m1 note’s 8.9mm.

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As mentioned, the m2 note will be available (starting tonight) in 16GB and 32GB variants, which will set you back by 799 (US$130) Yuan and 999 Yuan (US$160) respectively. The phone will be available via JD.com and the official Meizu store in China.

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84 Comments

  1. csak1user
    June 2, 2015

    Looks great! SD card, lollipo, gray color.
    I hope it uses the same camera sensor as the m1 note, it will support Band 20 LTE and the real price will right (below 200 USD).

    In that case, this will be my next phone. (except in the time Xiaomi release a perfect redmi note 2)

    edit: the camera sensor is the same as on m1.
    see announcement: https://translate.google.hu/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=hu&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fbbs.meizu.cn%2Fthread-5619790-1-1.html&edit-text=

    • David
      June 2, 2015

      Think twice mate… Try to use your phone for one day without pressing back and menu buttons. That is flyme OS, wellcome

      • csak1user
        June 2, 2015

        Built in apps has “soft keys” and the bottom part of the phone has gesture support, so you can hide the “soft keys” for these apps and use the back button and app switching functionality as it would on the screen like phones with soft keys, but it doesn’t takes up space from screen.

      • Airyl
        June 2, 2015

        Except there are back and menu soft keys in every app?

    • realjjj
      June 2, 2015

      They claimed the image processing software is much better on this one.

      • csak1user
        June 2, 2015

        I hope so, but hope they doesn’t change the sensor to some shitty 13 MP one too.

        • balcobomber25
          June 2, 2015

          It’s probably the same 13mp Samsung sensor that was in the last one, that was surprisingly good.

  2. Chickens
    June 2, 2015

    -The phone will be available via JD.com and the official Meizu store in China.

    When?

    • June 2, 2015

      – As mentioned, the m2 note will be available (starting tonight) in 16GB and 32GB variants, which will set you back by 799 (US$130) Yuan and 999 Yuan (US$160) respectively.

      Today onward. 😉

      • Chickens
        June 2, 2015

        Then I should’ve waited a while more, I just bought a flash sale Umi eMax a while ago.

        • praveen
          June 2, 2015

          will this one work in india

        • balcobomber25
          June 2, 2015

          The eMax looks like its going to be a great phone.

          • Chickens
            June 2, 2015

            With every other phone getting 3000-4000mAh, it seemed one of the main selling point of the phone is becoming just a standard.

            • balcobomber25
              June 3, 2015

              Two other phones that offer the same level of specs as the emax and can be bought for around $170 are the P7000 and Jiayu S3. The P7000 has a 3450mAh and the S3 has 3000mAh. The battery in the emax is still bigger than both of those.

              But the battery isn’t the only selling point of the Umi. It also features the excellent MT6752. And it’s a lot easier to buy at the discounted price than the two I previously mentioned. For $160 it is a great midrange option plus it will support Rootjoy giving you endless options for ROM’s.

        • Max
          June 2, 2015

          Have you received it yet? So far I haven’t had any luck trying to grab one on flashsale, what site did you use?

          • Chickens
            June 2, 2015

            Shipping is on June 5, probably +10-12 days hopefully without Customs problems (lol PH). I used Banggood, busiest site for the flash sale is probably to2c, pandawill’s the most expensive (99.99+18 shipping), antelife seems ok but only has silver (wait for the deal on their Deals page around 5:00-5:30PM Beijing time), geekbuying’s kinda fast but seems possible to get one. Banggood’s sale seemed slower than the others and probably easier to grab.

            I put it on the shopping cart and F5 until the supposed time, then press paypal once the shopping cart goes 109.99. I only recently bought one because I was thinking maybe something’s gonna pop up which would offer a better deal for $110 or less. Or if maybe the Alcatel Flash Plus is a better deal (720p compared to 1080p but has IMX214 compared to interpolated 8mp)

    • realjjj
      June 2, 2015

      Preorders starting today and retail on june 12.

  3. Dalibor Pencik
    June 2, 2015

    les powerfull CPU and GPU, but physicall button(in comparsion with M1 note)….i dont know what to choose

  4. Atomicrus
    June 2, 2015

    Now, who wants to buy OnePlus on flash sales?)))

    • Fred
      June 2, 2015

      You made a point but it is still 1.3GHz processor with only 2GB RAM

    • David
      June 2, 2015

      Everyone how wants good phone, not this crappy and no warranty unusable thing

      • Airyl
        June 2, 2015

        It’s actually a pretty good phone. It’s just not meant for idiots.

      • balcobomber25
        June 2, 2015

        Meizu makes excellent phones.

    • MaxPower
      June 2, 2015

      Well, this price is meant for Chinese market. Resellers will add at least 50$ so the final cost is going to be 180$ or more. My guess is that you won’t be able to find it at less than 200$.

      Now sit and hope the phone goes through the customs without risking to get charged for fees and VAT.

      If you are able to get OPO for 249$ directly from their official store with no risk of custom fees, no VAT, real warranty, no risk of fraud from resellers…Well, I know which one I would pick,but this is simply my opinion.

      Of course, buying OPO from resellers doesn’t make any sense, I would go for any other phone out there.

      • csak1user
        June 2, 2015

        OPO’s 249 USD price is also excluding VAT.
        The official site sell it for 260 EUR (285 USD) in Europe (Hungary).
        I saw the m2 note for 169 USD on AliExpress, so it will be cost for me 215 inc. VAT.
        This is 70 USD difference.

        • MaxPower
          June 2, 2015

          Let me ask you one thing:
          How many times have you successfully bought a thing from a seller on aliexpress with zero feedbacks,zero transactions?
          Good luck with that purchase.

          • csak1user
            June 2, 2015

            I haven’t purchased from such a seller.
            And I don’t plan to do it, but I hope that after the first hipe of the m2, this price can be reality.

            • MaxPower
              June 2, 2015

              Well, that was simply my point. When you have to pay 200$+ while you can get the OPO for 249$ with no scam, no customs, no VAT (I confirm this again) and real warranty my pick is easy.
              When the hype is over and resellers will lower the price then the gap will be significant and people will easily go for the Meizu

            • balcobomber25
              June 2, 2015

              But with the OPO you have to hope you are lucky enough to buy their phone for $249 during their flash sale. If you can it is no brainer that it is a better overall deal. But we all know the history with OPO and how nothing is every simple with them.

            • MaxPower
              June 2, 2015

              Of course, the whole statement had sense assuming you live in one of those supported countries and if you are lucky to get one on those flash sales.that’s why I said that it doesn’t worth buying it from resellers.

            • Johan Bjäreholt
              June 2, 2015

              You can apparently buy the OPO on aliexpress for 260$ free shipping. Just ask the seller to mark the package as a gift and the VAT will be gone.

              The Meizu note m2 can be found for 170$ on ali too, and you can do the same trick there. You’d have to wait ~2-3 weeks for the package to arrive though.

            • MaxPower
              June 2, 2015

              Seems you haven’t read my previous comments.

              I didn’t say you will pay, I said the “risk” to pay which you have even if you mark as gift.
              Just Google it and you will figure out that the trick doesn’t work 100%.

              I also said the risk of finding scammers through aliexpress and you just referred to one of them saying that m2 costs 170$ because only sellers with zero transactions and zero feedbacks have listed that phone at that price.

              Trusted sellers listed that at about 200$ which is 50$ less.
              Now, even if you mark it as gift, the risk of paying taxes is still there and at these conditions “in my opinion” the OPO through flash sale is a better deal.

  5. balcobomber25
    June 2, 2015

    It has the same looks as the original which IMO is a good thing. Seems like a good budget option especially if your like me and you love Flyme.

    • Airyl
      June 2, 2015

      True. BTW, have you seen Muhammad Yasir? He’d love this.

      • Riccardo Benzoni
        June 2, 2015

        only if it was sub 100$ and had a reflex’s camera 😛

      • balcobomber25
        June 3, 2015

        It’s still $129.99 to expensive for my good friend Muhammad.

  6. gaborgabor
    June 2, 2015

    What about frequencies? I need but do not hope FDD-LTE 800MHz (B20)

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      June 2, 2015

      it is called “worldmode SoC” for a reason… it supports 4G LTE-FDD B1 B3 B7 B20

      • Sere83
        June 2, 2015

        you know that for sure?

      • Anders Ellegaard Hansen
        July 31, 2015

        Hello Riccardo. Can you confirm that the SoC supports the B20 band (Meizu claims it´s not…)

    • csak1user
      June 9, 2015

      No B20 sadly. I have to look for other phone.
      Just received the bands from Meizu support:

    • Lucam
      July 6, 2015

      No 800mhz (Like the m1)

  7. Ulti
    June 2, 2015

    I’m playing devils advocate here but what is revolutionary about the home button? Looks to be just the same as Samsung ones…

    • Miko
      June 2, 2015

      The only “different” that it does is that if you press you go back to home screen BUT if you tap it’s like the “back” function so you go 1 step back. Other than that it doesn’t have fingerprint scanner
      TBH, it’s not like revolutionary but it’s a nice addition.

    • Airyl
      June 2, 2015

      My thoughts exactly. Too much hype for something pointless.

    • dax
      June 2, 2015

      Only revolutionary thing is that ZTE succeeded to make them to launch a second generation product for Note line in less than 6 months.
      Rest is not that impressive

  8. David
    June 2, 2015

    Beware guys, I’ve owned m1 note and there is a reason why thia phone is so cheap. You get what you pay for

    • Airyl
      June 2, 2015

      Tell us that reason, oh wise one. Because from what I’ve gathered, the only reason you dislike it is because you weren’t smart enough to press soft keys or do simple gestures.

      • Exlitrit
        June 2, 2015

        Delay on notifications for whatsupp, connection fail for email with wifi internet connection. Non responsive browser. Lags on heavy web pages and apss.
        People tryed to discuss them, but someone here killed discussins. So, It is not about ui or buttons.

        • Airyl
          June 2, 2015

          I never had those problems back when I used my M1 Note, and this guy just happens to hate the M1 Note due to
          silly reasons.

          • Exlibrit
            June 2, 2015

            i recpect his expectations. But he needs to pay min. double!
            I am also facing delays on wifi internet but not important for me. Meizu gives update very well. I am sure that meizu will fix them.
            m1 note still good phone with its specs and flyme os. I wont downgrade with m2 note.

            • csak1user
              June 2, 2015

              I’m sure it doesn’t worth to change from m1.
              But from older phones if price have a relative big weight it is a reasonable option.
              (I plan to switch from a Huawei G510. This would be a huge step for me)

    • balcobomber25
      June 3, 2015

      You get an excellent phone that is well made, uses high quality components and runs an amazing OS.

      • Exlibrit
        June 3, 2015

        Meizu is developing fast as well as flyme os. But it can be better.
        And you can buy your fist Meizu handset and give support for fast development. I am really waiting for your long term usage experience with Flyme os on Meizu. Let’s see you in action -_^

      • Exlibrit
        June 3, 2015

        Meizu is developing fast as well as flyme os. But it can be better.
        And you can buy your fist Meizu handset and give support for fast development. I am really waiting for your long term usage experience with Flyme os on Meizu. Let’s see you in action -_^

        • balcobomber25
          June 4, 2015

          I have never actually own a Meizu device. I use Flyme on a tablet I bought in China though and I love it.

        • balcobomber25
          June 4, 2015

          I have never actually own a Meizu device. I use Flyme on a tablet I bought in China though and I love it.

  9. realjjj
    June 2, 2015

    Great price and great that they got microSD now.
    Not so great that the SoC is clocked so low ,that the phone got taller to accommodate the new button, or that it has a button.
    But great price,that was a shocker (followed the launch live).

    Not that i endorse Antutu but there is a score for it now http://img1.mydrivers.com/img/20150602/09d70b36ab484d4da721321fb5163749.jpg

  10. Chandler Bing
    June 2, 2015

    It’s actually a downgrade, worse cpu and gpu. Damn it Meizu, why?

    • Jason45
      June 2, 2015

      It is also cheaper though, with the option of an microsd card slot.

    • Airyl
      June 2, 2015

      You missed that it’s also cheaper than the M1 Note. It’s not an upgrade, and it’s not intended to be an upgrade.

      • Chandler Bing
        June 2, 2015

        Well everyone is calling it upgrade… Plus when you change a 1 with a 2 that is usually intended as a new version of something. But yeah, just like the movies, sequels happen to suck sometimes. 🙂

        • balcobomber25
          June 2, 2015

          A new version doesn’t automatically mean upgrade.

          • Chandler Bing
            June 3, 2015

            But it should. In a perfect world. 🙂

            • balcobomber25
              June 3, 2015

              Not necessarily, all depends on the product.

            • balcobomber25
              June 3, 2015

              Not necessarily, all depends on the product.

  11. Guaire
    June 2, 2015

    16GB variant has great value for price. Though 32GB M2 Note seems overpriced comparing to 32GB M1 Note. Too much downgraded but the price not followed that.

    16GB M2 Note also could hurt old M1’s (not Note) sales assuming it’s not discountinued.

  12. david
    June 2, 2015

    Hi! Can someone help me here. Jd.com says that they can ship many of their products internationally. However, they say that tablets and phones are excluded. But then, when I read further, they claim that many products (including tablets and cellphones) can be shipped to Japan (where I live), so we have a bit of a contradiction here. I just wondered if anyone knew if they can actually deliver mobile phones to Japan. If not, is there any other Chinese websites with chinese pricing that will ship mobile phones world wide? Many thanks!

    • Kiyashi Shizoku
      June 2, 2015

      I second this question. Does anyone have any idea?

    • johndebur
      June 2, 2015

      I once ordered a phone from JD´s international page (shipping to Germany), this was last year. I recieved everything.

      But now it seems like they closed their international page? When I try to load it, it goes to some russian page. Not sure why.

      This used to be their global page: en.jd.com/ Where you could buy phones, but not working at the moment. At least for me.

      • csak1user
        June 2, 2015

        You can switch to English, but the store isn’t available. You can’t click anywhere except the coupon form.

        • Qidamin
          June 2, 2015
        • johndebur
          June 3, 2015

          yes but still its only seems to be russian. The site alsways switches to ru618.jd.com

  13. Uzeir Mansuri
    June 2, 2015

    Meizu should name it “m0 note” and next version should be “M-1 Note’

    jokes apart.. everything is perfect though.. except 1.3 GHz .. that’s just backstep.. rest is perfect for midrange.. will surely buy when it will be available to india..

  14. Mankiw
    June 2, 2015

    Meizu M2 Note has tempered glass and not Gorilla Glass 3 as M1 Note.

    M1 specifications: http://www.meizu.com/en/products/m1note/spec.html
    Display protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

    M2 specifications: http://www.meizu.com/en/products/m2note/spec.html
    Display protection: Tempered Glass

    A ugly detail, this smartphone is not for me. Regards.

    • csak1user
      June 2, 2015

      I like this phone.
      Probably I will get used to with the physical home button. (I haven’t used a phone with physical home button in years).

      The price is now 169 USD for the 16GB version on Aliexpress and 210 on Coolicool.
      I haven’t decided the storage what I need, since I may use an SD card later If I choose the 16GB version, but I don’t want to spend 210 for this phone.
      169 is reasonable.

    • Sirrr
      June 2, 2015

      i second this

  15. Muhammad Yasir
    June 2, 2015

    gonna be $250 for internationals !

  16. Riccardo Benzoni
    June 2, 2015

    isn’t MT6753 1.5 ghz? is it an M version? doesn’t seem a smart choice to pair it with a FHD display (heavy gamers beware)

    • June 2, 2015

      There doesn’t seem to be an M mentioned in the end (yet). It is a 1.3GHz CPU on the m2 note, they’ll maybe update the page later with the exact CPU version.

  17. Exlibrit
    June 2, 2015

    Respect to your posts, I hoped socs and ram upgrade for m2 note. Not downgrade. This specs is suitable for m2 mini, i think. Actually, Heilo x10 was perfect choose with 3gb ram for m2 note between 200 and 250$. And heilo x20 with 4gb ram for mx5. No mx5 pro, anymore. I have m1 note and wont downgrade to m2 note. Thanks,

  18. June 2, 2015

    Meizu m1 note vs Meizu m2 note – What’s Different ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt59ckCVc1w

  19. aminiesta
    June 2, 2015

    Everything I’m hoping from M1 is here SD card, gray colour… except the front button. The halo button is very great looking and this new button has completely changing the elegant face of M1. I hope the new functionality will worth it.

  20. massimo musella
    July 28, 2015

    during the last update 4.5.2 were eliminated from some language firmware (at the moment Italia and Russian).
    It seems to want to block the installation of gapps in the next release versions for C, A and U
    I think is a shocking news