Meizu Metal: Hands on and first impressions


Meizu’s been launching phones at the rate of knots, or so it appears.

After launching the m1, m1 note, m2, m2 note, PRO 5 and the MX5 last year, Meizu also announced the Meizu Metal towards the end.

The Metal is marketed as a mid-range phone with… you guessed it, a metal build which also happens to be its USP. In essence, the Meizu Metal is a direct rival to the Xiaomi Redmi 3 — another phone that happens to have a metal build as its selling point.

I got my unit Meizu Metal a couple of days back, but only managed to spend some time with it earlier today. The phone feels superb in the hands, and it’s safe to say it feels a lot more premium than the Redmi Note 3.

This has to do with the fact that (i) the Metal is heavier (a tad too much for some, apparently) and (ii) is a lot thinner than the Redmi Note 3.

The Meizu Metal is essentially a variant of the Meizu m1 from last year. This time round, the Metal has a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC at its disposal, which is a much more potent platform than the MT6732 of the m1.

While I’m yet to face any stuttering or any issues related to RAM management, the Meizu Metal does lack a GB of RAM for the kind of phone it is. Meizu probably decided against having 3GB RAM to protect the MX5, which as you might already know, happens to be one among the favourite 2015 phones of GizChina readers.

Besides the differences in body and style, the Metal feels very much like the MX5… which is a great thing because it’s way (well… not so much maybe, but still significant-ly) cheaper than the MX5.

That said, the primary competitor to the Metal is going to be the Redmi Note 3. We’re testing the 3GB RAM version thereof as we speak, but a review of the 2GB RAM Redmi Note 3 has already been posted.

What is clear already is that the Redmi Note 3 is going to be hard to beat on the battery and software departments. On the other hand, the Metal already takes the crown for having a better build and design… and I have a feeling that it’s also going to have a better camera.

Stay tuned for a full review of the Meizu Metal in the coming few days. Check other reviews posted on GizChina meanwhile, or get yourself a Meizu Metal by following this link.

Meizu Metal: Specifications

Model Meizu Metal
SIM Card Hybrid dual SIM
Color White, Gray
Capacity RAM: 2GB

ROM: 16/32GB

Language Multi Language
Chipset CPU: MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10
2GHz octa-core
System Flyme 5 (based on Android 5)
Screen Display size: 5.5-inches

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels

Cameras Rear:  13 mega-pixel

Front:  5 mega-pixel

Network and Wireless Connectivity 4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100MHz

3G: WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz

2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz

WIFI : 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)

Battery capacity  Non-removable 3140mAh
Dimensions 15.07 x 7.53 x 0.82 cm

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