Meizu M2: A Value-for-Money Smartphone
After having tiptoed into the Indian handset market, encouraged by the success of Xiaomi, Meizu has been struggling to gain a foothold in the country. Meizu happens to be one of the leading manufacturer in Chinese market, however, the success is eluding them on Indian shores. Now, it seems that the brand has now found that one handset, which is capable of kickstarting its success story in Indian market. As we all know, we Indian are a price conscious bunch of buyers who are always looking for a maximum value for the money they invest in a smartphone. With Meizu M2, the Chinese handset maker has finally managed to create something that will appeal to the price consciousness of Indian buyers.
Design and build quality
Coming to the design, Meizu has kept M2 quite simple with the same design as it features on all of its smartphones. The handset boasts of an all plastic build with genuine looking metallic finish that might fool an onlooker into thinking that it has a metal body. The design of Meizu M2 is intended to be ergonomic and functional. One of the unique trait of Meizu M2 is that the brand has done away with the physical or on-screen capacitive soft keys. How do we operate the handset without the back or home button you ask and your question is valid as well. Meizu answer in form of mBack button, which is the physical home button on the front. This button has a capacitive touch surface so that a single press brings the user to homescreen, a single tap on the button goes back a page and holding the button for 3 seconds will lock the handset. This gives a unique twist to the way users operate their smartphones and is bound to intrigue new users.
Meizu has placed a modest 5-inch display on the front panel of the handset, which does a decent job of playing the multimedia content and gameplays. The display of the handset offers a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which allows users to enjoy their multimedia files in high reolution and images with enhanced clarity. Meizu has protected the display with an Asahi Dragontrail Glass layer that offers durability to the display of the handset. One of the drawbacks of the display is that it tends to lose its visibility in direct sunlight to some extent.
Hardware and specifications
Meizu has equipped the new budget segment smartphone with MediaTek MT6735 64-bit Octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz. The processor of the handset is accompanied by a RAM of 2 GB and Mali-T720 GPU. This configuration itself is capable of delivering a good performance and Meizu’s own software optimisations enhances the performance further. Meizu has equipped the smartphone with 16 GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 128 GB using a microSD card. Out of 16 GB memory, users have 10 GB of memory at their disposal.
Meizu M2 comes with a powerful 13 Megapixels primary snapper on rear panel that has an intuitive camera UI with different filters, beauty mode as well as a QR code scanner. A welcome addition to the camera is the presence of manual mode, which lets users tweak with various settings like shutter speed, ISO and white balance to name a few. This is definitely a rare feature to appear on an entry level smartphone. The front panel of the handset also features a 5 Megapixels snapper that will appeal to selfie lovers.
The Chinese handset maker has pre-installed the last generation Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system on the new smartphone. The stock Android experience has been enhanced by Meizu’s own Flyme OS, which is a drawer-less interface and has been optimised to perform well on the existing hardware and software. The user experience is further enhanced by the mBank physical button mentioned, which takes some getting used to and then turns out to be more convenient than conventional soft keys.
On the connectivity front, Meizu has launched the budget smartphone with support for dual-SIM functionality for the convenience of its users. The handset supports both 4G LTE and 3G bandwidth in the country and offers high speed Internet browsing speeds to its users. Other connectivity options on the handset include the likes of Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, microUSB and GPS.
Meizu has placed this smartphone slightly under INR 7,000 in the Indian handset market and for this price, the handset is a steal deal. With a unique Flyme OS, mBack button and software optimisations out of the box, make the experience of operating this smartphone quite delightful. It might take some getting used to, however, once you are versed with it you will start to enjoy the unconventional interface and snappy performance.