The newly-launched Meizu m3 is the successor to the Meizu m2 released last year, offering some upgrades while maintaining the budget price. The smartphone is equipped with a more powerful octa-core processor, robust cameras, a larger battery and 4G LTE support.
Design and Display
Meizu has decided not to do much to conceal the budget classification of its new m3 in terms of look. The Chinese phone maker decks out the device with a shiny polycarbonate chassis. The phone is 8.3mm thick and weighs 132 grams. It will be available in white, gold, grey, blue and pink colours. Nothing has changed when the display size and resolution are concerned. You still get a 5-inch unit with an HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. However, it is protected on the front by curvy Schott Xensation cover glass.
Camera and Storage
If you are the type that can hardly stop snapping images with your phone, you are going to like the Meizu m3. It is equipped with a powerful 13-megapixel rear camera having an f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash for superb images. The selfie shooter is also impressive with 5 megapixels and f/2.0 aperture. The phone is available in 16GB and 32GB integrated storage variants. MicroSD storage expansion is supported as well.
Processor, RAM and Software
Last year’s Meizu m2 was equipped with a quad-core MediaTek processor; its successor boasts an even more-powerful MediaTek MT6750 CPU with twice as many cores. Four of the Cortex-A53 cores run at 1.5 GHz and the remaining four at 1 GHz. The Meizu m3 promises significant more enjoyable performance and impressive multitasking. The 16GB variant features 2GB RAM, while the 32GB offers RAM of 3GB capacity. The phone runs on Meizu’s newer Flyme OS 5 software, still based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The m3 looks to offer longer battery life with a larger 2,870mAh juicer, meaning you may be right to expect rated talk time of almost a full day. It offers dual SIM card slots, with one of these being a hybrid supporting the use of either a second SIM or a microSD card. In addition to super-fast LTE connectivity, the phone also offers Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for making wireless connections.
Pricing and Availability
The Meizu m3 is already available for pre-orders in China, but it is not certain if and when it will be available elsewhere. The price for the base model (2GB/16GB) is currently about $92, converting to a price less than N30,000 in Nigeria. The 3GB/32GB variant goes for about $123, according to GSMArena. At this rate, the m3 compares decently well with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Lenovo Lemon 3, especially the latter.
Meizu m3 at a Glance
– 5″ HD display with 2.5D glass
– 13MP PDAF rear and 5MP front cameras
– 1.5GHz, octa-core MediaTek MT6750 CPU
– 2GB/3GB RAM
– 16GB/32GB onboard storage
– Flyme OS 5 (Android 5.1 Lollipop)
– 2,870mAh battery
– Dual SIM
– 4G LTE