The Meizu M1 Note, nicknamed Blue Charm is the newest announcement from the company that gave us the powerful Meizu MX4 and Meizu MX4 Pro. The Chinese manufacturer announced the phablet earlier this month and while its specs are pretty decent, it doesn’t really feel like an original smartphone. That’s because its chassis and overall appearance resemble Apple’s iPhone 5c more than you would have expected.
The Meizu M1 Note is a very cheap handset, with a price tag of $160 for the 16 GB model, which is pretty cheap for the specs the smartphone boasts with. The Meizu M1 Note features a 5.5 inch Sharp display with a 1920*1080 resolution, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The device is powered by a 64 bit octa core MTK MT6752 CPU backed by 2 GB RAM and either 16 or 32 GB internal storage. You also get a 13 MP rear camera with an LED flash and a 5 MP front camera to sweeten the deal. The device runs on the heavily modified Android variant called Flyme OS version 4.0. You also get two SIM card slots in the phone, which seems to be a trend in Asian markets nowadays. All of that is powered by a 3140 mAH battery, which should be good for a day and a half of mixed use, in my mind. For that price, the Meizu M1 Note seems to be quite the steal.
Although the handset is made mainly for the Chinese market, we might see it pop up at international retailers, too, but we’re not sure yet. What’s more surprising about the phablet is that it unnaturally resembles Apple’s budget phone, the iPhone 5c, down to the color scheme. While we are used to seeing phones resembling iPhones coming from Meizu, the Meizu M1 Note tops it all. Design-wise, it is almost identical, albeit a lot bigger than the iPhone 5c and the company offers the same color options as Apple does for its older model, namely white, blue, yellow, green and pink. Regardless of design, the Meizu M1 Note seems like a great device to have with its mid-range specs and large display. It should become a favorite in China, as there people are more attracted to phablets than regular-sized smartphones. To be fair, the phablet-trend has come across to the U.S. as well, seeing as how even Apple launched its own large-screen smartphone with the iPhone 6 Plus moniker.