Meizu M3 launched , a slight update on the M2 from $92


meizu m3 launch

Meizu really do love the month of April with the launch of their Pro 6 phone, M3 note, and now their budget Meizu M3 making an appearance.

In the run up to the launch of the Meizu M3 there wasn’t quite the same excitement as the M3 Note and Pro 6 phones, and today with the launch we can kind of understand why as the phone is a simple update on the current M2.

Unlike its larger brother the Meizu Note M3, the M3 keeps hold of its polycarbonate body and range of bright colours (now including blue, pink ,gold, grey ,white and black). The screen is still a 5-inch unit but now has a more up to date 2.5D curve to it.

meizu m3 launch

With a polycarbonate chassis the phone is thicker than a similar metal bodied device and we see the phone with an 8.4mm thickness with a battery size of 2870mAh and an overall weight of only 132g.

Generally the battery size would be cause for concern but as the budget Meizu has a smaller HD 720 x 1280 display, and will be running an efficient octacore MT6750 chipset we don’t think this will be an issue.

meizu m3 launch

What we do find strange is that up until today all Chinese phones running a Mediatek MT6750 chipset were 3G only, but Meizu’s M3 has LTE support too. We assume that Meizu have used a piggyback LTE modem on the phone to offer full netcom 4G support for China plus VOLTE.

Like previous Meizu M range phones, the M3 has a SIM tray that will allow either dual SIM cards or a single SIM card plus a micro SD card of up to 128GB. Built-in storage is available in 16GB to 32GB of eMMC 5.0 and RAM will be offered in either 2GB or 3GB options.

Camera specs are 13 mega-pixel rear (F2.2) and 5 mega-pixel front (F2.0) which you will remember as the same as the Meizu M2 but the phone also features a claimed 0.2 second PDAF fast auto focus feature.

As for pricing, well the rumours were accurate with the base model 2GB + 16GB version of the Meizu M3 costing only 599 Yuan and the 3GB + 32GB model getting a slightly higher price of 799 Yuan ($92 – $123).

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63 Comments

  1. Millet Air Purifier
    April 25, 2016

    The problem is the battery life. If I can get a redmi 3 with 4100mah for the same price as meizu with 2800, then the choice of redmi 3 will be a no brainer. I havent seen any phone from meizu with more than 3000mah battery lately, Whats going on? Is the rent due Meizu?

    • Victor Jacquemont
      April 25, 2016

      Meizu M3 Note buddy

      • VMortens
        April 25, 2016

        Thing is, it’s way bigger. M2/M3 were an option for those don’t wanna go over 5in. The new one is a joke. Upgade like that is no upgrade at all.
        I bet it’s a YunOS one too, which makes me think it was meant for Chinese market only.

        • April 25, 2016

          For me, it isn’t just battery life to consider when comparing 5 inch phones (or any other size), I would look at weight as well. In this case, the Meizu m2 is only 132 grams while the Redmi 3 is 144. That’s quite heavy for a 5 inch phone so, if you want the bigger battery you have to put up with a heavier phone.

    • Plus
      April 25, 2016

      Meizu m3 note = 4100mah

    • realjjj
      April 25, 2016

      It’s not the same price , the Meizu is 599CNY, the Redmi 3 is 699CNY -15.4$ more in China so you would pay up to 20$ more. You can also argue that the m3 Note is just 15.4$ above the Redmi 3. Anyway, different components,different OS so you can’t just compare battery sizes and decide battery life.

      • balcobomber25
        April 25, 2016

        That’s what people do here they go just of the spec sheet and pretend everything else is equal. They don’t take into account different displays, processors, OS etc.

  2. Rob
    April 25, 2016

    Not quite sure what your on Andi but the mt6750 does have native 4g support with a cat 6 modem. Think your mixing it up with the mt6580 that has appeared in all these budget phones lately. The mt6750 has 8 A53 cores and a t860 mp2 GPU.

    • balcobomber25
      April 25, 2016

      this….

      • Rob
        April 25, 2016

        ???

        • balcobomber25
          April 25, 2016

          I agree with your comment lol.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            April 25, 2016

            is the MT 6750 gonna replace the 6735 ?
            can u explain any end-user gains with regards the the 6750 ? how good is it EXACTLY ?!

            • balcobomber25
              April 25, 2016

              It looks like it is more of 6753 with an upgraded GPU. But still too early to say how good or bad it is. The current lineup for MTK is:

              6580
              6735
              6753
              6750
              Helio P10
              Helio X10
              Helio X20
              Helio X25

            • realjjj
              April 25, 2016

              https://gfxbench.com/resultdetails.jsp?resultid=nzQbJIX25jdOuGP1JSYHSA
              That puts it just slightly bellow the downclocked P10 and bellow but not by a lot the Redmi 3
              The major upgrade is the modem, cat 6 and maybe power.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 26, 2016

              is this list in any particular order ? like in ascending processing power ?

            • balcobomber25
              April 26, 2016

              It would be from budget to flagship starting from the top.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 26, 2016

              so p10 is WEAKER than x10 ?!

            • balcobomber25
              April 26, 2016

              Yup, it’s meant to be a budget/low midrange chip.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 26, 2016

              good lord … im going to avoid looking at it now… its x10 or higher for me from now on.

            • balcobomber25
              April 26, 2016

              Personally I’m looking forward to the P10, but I also don’t play games.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 26, 2016

              oh …. where’s the fun in that :I

            • balcobomber25
              April 26, 2016

              The fun is in my Xbox One 😉

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 26, 2016

              wow…

            • Rob
              April 25, 2016

              A big improvement over the 6735 i would say. Didn’t sound bad at all, also remember it is an octa core too.

          • Snelleboi
            April 25, 2016

            Hi balco, i clicked on the link from the blackview article about the clearance sale on coolicool and i saw some other brands ALSO with the 6750 chip running android 4.2 and upwards. What gives ?

            • balcobomber25
              April 25, 2016

              http://www.coolicool.com/cell-phones-t-289

              The only thing I see is phones running MT6753 and MT6752, those are older chips and not the same as this one.

            • Snelleboi
              April 25, 2016

              Oops my bad, sorry

    • SnowyCat
      April 25, 2016

      it seems like he confused the soc with another one as i havent seen a single phone that used that soc before

    • Muhammad Yasir
      April 25, 2016

      is good?

  3. Keklikcilik
    April 25, 2016

    F*cking late notifications!!!

    • Omer
      April 25, 2016

      Nasıl yani?

  4. theozanhan
    April 25, 2016

    fingerprint?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      April 25, 2016

      sad…

  5. April 25, 2016

    I love Meizu phones, mainly for the convenience of the home button which doubles as a back button – a light tap to go back. Also, no button for recent apps, you just have to swipe up from the bottom to show them, so convenient not having 3 separate buttons. However, I would go for the Xiaomi Redmi 3 over the Meizu m3 just for the battery. The Redmi 3 has a 4100 mAh battery while the Meizu m3 has only 2870.

    • SnowyCat
      April 25, 2016

      yeah but i still pefer the recent apps in flyme 4 because it was just a little bar on the bottom and you could switch to a different app without an extra step.

    • balcobomber25
      April 25, 2016

      Battery life might end up being very similar. Keep in mind MIUI is a lot more resource intensive than Flyme and the SD616 is not very efficient.

  6. realjjj
    April 25, 2016

    Until today there were not phones with the MT6750, it’s a new SoC.

    • Marco Lancaster
      April 25, 2016

      Yep was quite unaware of this SoC since now.

  7. balcobomber25
    April 25, 2016

    It’s actually going to be interesting to see how this compares to the excellent Redmi 3. As many have pointed out the R3 has a much bigger battery but it also uses a less efficient SD616 and it runs MIUI which is heavier than Flyme. Sometimes the raw numbers don’t tell the whole story.

    • realjjj
      April 25, 2016

      As far as i can tell, not like Mediatek lists this SoC, the GPU is just a Mali T860MP2 @350 MHz so half the P10’s clocks and that will put it far behind the 616 in GPU with perf just slightly above the m2.

      • balcobomber25
        April 25, 2016

        I am not saying this will be a better phone just be interesting to see the battery life between the two.

        • realjjj
          April 25, 2016

          in gaming the m3 ,lol

          • Muhammad Yasir
            April 25, 2016

            lol wat

        • Muhammad Yasir
          April 25, 2016

          when did u become Eagle man ?

          • balcobomber25
            April 25, 2016

            I am a fan of all wildlife.

      • Steven Fox
        April 26, 2016

        It`s a lower clocked variant of what is in the P10.
        From what I know the P10 should be around 700Mhz and the 6750 shold be around 350-500Mhz range, so there won`t be too much difference in gaming, especially considering that the P10 is marketed at FHD displays and the 6750 at 720p.

        • Lazar Prodanovic
          April 26, 2016

          It will be a big difference up to 2x if it’s on 350 MHz but their will also be a large difference in power consumption (2.5~3x).
          Anyhow it’s only good for HD.

          • Steven Fox
            April 26, 2016

            Not that much of a difference(real performance discrepancy will be arond 20%). Should be on par with the 6752 in therms of performance.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              April 26, 2016

              Dream on.
              Same number of same clusters at half of the tact = 1/2 of the performance but still this is a way to go by consuming 33% power.
              It will be on pair in performance but with MT6732.

            • Steven Fox
              April 26, 2016

              You clearly have some idea how performance of a chip works, but just looking at specs and half clock speeds does not equal half performance, especially when it comes to multi-core CPU/GPU.
              Also the 6750 has 4 more cores and faster LDDR3 than the 6732 which will also boost the general and GPU performance.
              The 6750 is quite the well balanced chip when it comes to power/perfromance/price would probably be the best in the market.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              April 26, 2016

              You are funny guy!
              It can have 40 (CPU) cores in ten clusters but you will end up using two to four of them on only one cluster.
              Read what cluster is by the way. You obviously don’t have clue how things work.
              As I told they needed a year & a half to match back characteristics of their own SoC (MT6732) that they abandoned in the same market segment & that is pretty much for an applause.

    • Danny
      April 25, 2016

      More amazing math lessons from “High Flying” eagle, 2800 mAh battery will last longer than a 4100 mAh because capacity… Pick up a physics or electronics book.

      Both are manufactured at 28nm
      MT6750 – 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
      616 – 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
      same manufacturing process, same type of cores, the main difference is that the 616 features a L0 cache and a bigger L2 cache than the MT6750

      The battery of the Redmi is Li-Po while the battery of the m3 is the cheaper Li-Ion. The Redmi 3 battery is known to perform quite well.

      I have to stop reading your posts, and this is probably the last one I reply to, because reading what you write is making me angry because of how stupid it is and people are eating it like expert advise. A clear case of the dumb leading the dumber… Some people defecate thru the keyboard

      Unfortunately people like you are a cancer on the internet, love spreading shit without having one fact straight.

      • realjjj
        April 25, 2016

        Take it easy. You are spreading false information too.Very false.
        It’s not the same process.
        Even if they were on the same process, there can be huge differences between implementations.
        The CPU is just one part of a SoCs power , just like the SoC is just one fraction of the device’s power.

        Anyway, It’s not the same process , yes both are 28nm but the SD616 is on 28 LP while the MT6750 is likely on 28 HPC+, like the P10 HPC provides 10% area reduction and 30% lower power over LP. HPC+ offers 15% perf gain (or more) over HPC, lower leakage and many other additional advantages that have no place being mentioned here.
        There is a reason Qualcomm is stuck at 1.5GHz with their A53 SoCs while Mediatek goes to 2GHz without any problems.

        • balcobomber25
          April 25, 2016

          He is one of the guys who reads a spec sheet and thinks he knows everything.

        • Lazar Prodanovic
          April 26, 2016

          S615 is HPM. Geting stuck at 1GHz is grean for them all. Highest should be 1.3~1.4 GHz at planar & 1.6GHz with FinFET. Main difference between HPM & HPC+ is used lib lv optimizations & difference in power consumption is about 20% still HPC+ (optimized LP for performance, size & power consumption…) is not ment to reach frequencies that are achievable with HPM (optimized HP for power consumption).

      • balcobomber25
        April 25, 2016

        Another dumb comment from someone who has little clue what he is talking about but still tries so hard to sound smart by rattling off spec sheets. Hundreds of factors affect the battery life of a phone, a spec sheet isn’t one of them. What you conveniently left out of your little know it all rant, is the GPU, Camera, Display, Modem and perhaps the most important factor the UI that each runs. I could point out several phones that have a higher mAh but worse battery.

        Fortunately people like you are a virus on the internet, love spreading shit and proving with each post how little you actually know.

  8. Tonyle
    April 25, 2016

    the reseller’s price could be higher than 150 dollars for the 3+16 version.

  9. Tonyle
    April 25, 2016

    which model is the one could have a fight with this mid-range killer ?

  10. Muhammad Yasir
    April 25, 2016

    not bad … BUT is the 6750 32 bit ?!
    why the hell does in NOT have NATIVE LTE ?!

  11. Raul
    April 25, 2016

    https://versus.com/en/mediatek-mt6750 here it says the chip has LTE integrated

  12. Andrawid
    April 25, 2016

    What version of Android will this come with?

  13. Steven Fox
    April 26, 2016

    720p is super-fine for 5` device.
    Octa core 6750 is miles better than 6735(probably even faster than 6753)and should even run heavier games OK with the lower res screen.
    13MP 2.2 camera will take great shots in good lightning conditions, just don`t expect good low-light performance.
    Overall a killer device for 120-130$.

  14. Sirrr
    April 26, 2016

    Does the OS Flyme sits on YunOS or Android?