About Meizu M1 & Meizu M2 Note

The M1 Note has not been around for a particularly long time, but that hasn’t stopped Chinese OEM Meizu from releasing its successor. Does this latest low-cost offering from Meizu prove to be worthy of an upgrade? We find out in this detailed Meizu M2 Note review!

Things largely remain the same between the M2 Note and its predecessor as far as the design language is concerned. The inspiration behind its aesthetics remains very obvious, down to the available color options. That said, the lack of creativity doesn’t translate to a poor design. The polycarbonate unibody design with a glossy finish and the rounded edges and sides at the back make for a device that feels great in the hand and sits nicely in the palm. The curves aren’t as prominent as seen with the M1 Note though, allowing for a better grip overall.

Going around the device, the volume rocker and the power button are found on the left side, which is a much appreciated change with regards to the power button, having been moved from its place at the top, as seen with the M1 Note. The buttons allow for a solid tactile feedback, and are all within easy reach. The dual SIM card and microSD card slot combo is on the opposite side. The headphone jack and the microUSB port are found at the top and bottom respectively, with the single speaker unit found next to the latter.

An incredible trend we’ve been seeing in the Android smartphone world is the fact that price is no longer entirely indicative of build quality, and that is certainly the case with this smartphone. The design may not be particularly unique, but the build quality is solid and certainly doesn’t feel cheap. And that goes beyond what the sub-$200 price tag of the Meizu M2 Note would suggest.

Meizu has announced five devices thus far 2015, the Meizu M1, M2, M2 Note, MX5 and PRO 5. The latter two devices are the meizu high-end offerings, while the first three are entry-level and mid-range smartphones. MeiZu being said, the latest device this China-based smartphone OEM has announced is the Meizu PRO 5, which is also the company’s most powerful device to date. The Meizu M2 Note was announced back in June, while its predecessor has landed back in December 2014. Assuming Meizu plans to stick to their release cycle, the M3 Note should arrive before the end of the year, and according to a new leak that might happen sooner than expected, read on.

Meizu M3 Note Incoming?

The company has released an official image on their official Weibo (Chinese social media) webpage in which they tease an upcoming October 21st 2015 event. Now, the company did not reveal what will they announce at the event, but we believe it will either be a new variant of the M2 Note, or the M3 Note handset. The Meizu M57A has actually surfaced on TENAA yesterday, and according to that listing, the phone will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) 2.5D curved display along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 13-megapixel camera will be located on its back, and a 5-megapixel shooter will be available up front. The phone will be powered by an octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, and if TENAA’s listing is correct, the phone will be fueled by the YunOS 3.1.6.

Now, if this device will really run YunOS, then it’s probably a new variant of the M2 Note, not the M3 Note. The M3 Note will almost certainly going to be powered by Android with Meizu’s Flyme UI installed on top of it. That’s not all though, Chinese media started getting event invitations from Meizu, and to make things interesting, Meizu has basically revealed that the upcoming device will sport a metallic back cover. This is kind of mind boggling considering it seems odd Meizu would release a new M2 Note variant made out of metal and put YunOS on top of it. So, the questions remains, will Meizu announce a new variant of M2 Note, or will we see M3 Note announced ahead of time?