Meizu today launches the successor to the m1 note, a cheap entry-level smartphone that still manages to pack enormous value for its price-range. The m2 note has a 5.5" Sharp manufactured IGZO display coming in at 1920x1080 resolution.

The most interesting aspect of the m2 note as opposed to the original m1 is the inclusion of 13 frequency bands including FDD-LTE frequencies. This ensures that the m2 note can be used in a wide range of global regions. We're still not sure exactly which frequencies are included, as for example we saw the MX4 Pro not provide the 800MHz band for FDD networks.

  Meizu m2 note
SoC MediaTek MT6753
8x Cortex A53 @ 1.3GHz
Mali T720MP3 @ 450MHz
NAND / Storage 16/32GB
microSD slot
Display 5.5" 1920x1080 Sharp IGZO Display
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
Dimensions 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7mm
149 grams
Camera 13MP Samsung sensor F/2.2 Main camera

5MP Omnivision OV5670 F/2.0 Front camera
Battery 3100mAh
OS Android 5.0
with Meizu FlymeOS 4.5
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT 4.0 + BLE, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS
SIM Size nanoSIM + (nanoSIM or microSD)

The device is powered by MediaTek's MT6753 which employs 8 A53 cores clocked in at up to 1.3GHz and a low-end Mali T720MP3 at 450MHz. This is definitely a low-end performer, but it will be interesting to see how battery life pan out as the device comes with a large 3100mAh Sony battery.

On the camera side, Meizu employs a new Samsung 13MP sensor with a F/2.2 lens module as the main rear camera, and a 5MP Omnivision sensor on a 68° wide angle F/2.0 front camera setup.

The device itself is falls in norm for a 5.5" display, coming in at 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7mm and a rather lighter 149 grams. I was generally impressed with Meizu's build quality and in the press shots the m2 note looks to be a very attractive phone.

The phone comes with Meizu's new Android 5.0 version of FlymeOS 4.5, making this the first Meizu phone to come out with Lolipop out of the box while older devices are currently being updated to the new OS version.

It's the price that is most interesting: At CNY999 which corresponds to about $160 this device offers quite an incredible value for its price. Usually Meizu prices devices slightly higher in western markets as for example the m1 note can be gotten for 225€ at European online retailers. This puts it in direct competition with other higher quality low-priced phones such as Motorolla's Moto E which we've review just a couple of months ago.

Source: Meizu

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  • der - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

  • pavlindrom - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The first shall be last.
  • nikaldro - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    Good. Now learn how to write.
  • jjj - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The price is 799CNY(129$) and the 32GB version is is 999CNY, that was the big surprise.
    They did go for lower clocks and no Gorilla but they added microSD, all in all great price for now. As far as i know only TCL Meme Da 3S gets to this price with 1080p ( excluding inventory dumping ) but that's at 5 inch.
  • wudicao05 - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    I've got a Meme Da 3S.I think 5 inch is suitable for one hand handling.But the battery can only last for one day middle usage.Regret for buying it.
  • Mondozai - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Decent phone but still worse than the Lenovo K3-T50. It has a better SoC(higher clocks) and also a better GPU. It already has support for FDD-LTE.

    I imported it to Sweden from Aliexpress and paid 160 euros for it all, including DHL Express. You can get freight for free but you wait like 30-40 days instead and I wanted it within the workweek.

    So a step up from Meizu but still not as good as Lenovo's attempt(worse specs and more expensive), and Lenovo's phone is by now 4 months old. (The T50 version, there's an older, crapper version, too).

    Still, the Chinese OEMs are doing really well. People just don't understand how much they overpay for their phones. You shouldn't need to pay more than 180 euros for a really good phone. The performance of the SoC in the K3-T50 is above the S801. The only thing missing is Wifi AC.

    Nevertheless, guys, don't be afraid to important Chinese phones if you can't buy it from your local retailers. Don't be dumb and overpay. Save tons of cash.
  • jjj - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The K3 Note, TCL Meme da 3N, Jiayu S3 or Orgtec Wa are 145$ vs this one at 129$. I do agree that it's not worth saving that little for the lower clocks but they'll sell on marketing, 8 core at record low price.
    Lenovo has the k3 and k3 Note at great prices but they've just changed the head of mobile, we'll see if they get more aggressive or less.Their sales are not great for both Lenovo and Moto so we'll see.
  • Gemuk - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    Hopefully Meizu releases a 5.0" m2 (or smaller!) as well.
  • J_Tarasovic - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    A version shipping with Ubuntu would be clutch.

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