Meizu is most renowned for the Meizu MX4 and Meizu MX4 Note, but the Chinese company has various other smartphones, including the Meizu M2 Note which deserve at least some attention from Android fans. The Meizu M2 Note is a relatively new device which has a few characteristics that stand out from the crowd of Lollipop phablets on the international market. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer tried to pack a lot of features into the Meizu M2 Note, and it succeeded with flying colors.
The Meizu M2 Note’s most prominent feature is that it supports dual 4G. That means that the dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE on both SIM cards, although only one at a time can be used to actually make use of the data connection. The dual SIM ports can also be used for external storage if a microSD card is inserted, which makes the Meizu M2 Note a great phone as a daily driver or for business use in general. Dual SIM phones are usually more expensive than regular ones with a single SIM card slot, but Meizu managed to make the M2 Note as affordable as possible.
The retail price for the Meizu M2 Note is set at about $180, but if you pre-order the phone on GearBest until July 5 and use the coupon code M2NOTE, you can buy the phone for only $169, which is quite attractive for a phone that can be considered a flagship device. Although its chipset and specs make it more of a mid-ranger, its design and features do put it pretty high up on that ladder, bordering flagship specifications and utilities.
The Meizu M2 Note comes with amassive 5.5 inch display which has a 1080*1920 resolution. The display is sharp and crisp, similar to what you would find on the HTC One M8 or even iPhone 6 Plus, although it doesn’t surpass those in quality. The design of the phone is pretty appealing, and although not what you would call premium off the bat, it’s certainly close. It’s got a polycarbonate unibody around a metal frame to provide for a sturdy construction, but removing in the meantime the possibility of switching out the 3100 mAh battery that is harbored within the body.
Meizu slapped an octa core 64 bit Mediatek MTK6735 CPU on the Meizu M2 Note, backed by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The microSD card slot that doubles as a second SIM card slot can hold up to 128 GB extra storage for those that have a lot of media to store on their phone and are not fans of the cloud. The device comes with a 13 MP camera on the rear, flaunting an LED flash and autofocus and a 5 MP camera on the front with extra beautifying features.
Flyme 4.5 is on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Meizu’s proprietary UI has received a lot of positive feedback for its embracing of the Material Design elements that Lollipop harbors within. The skin itself is simple, elegant and easy to use, and doesn’t impact the phone’s performance as TouchWiz did on older flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, for instance. Flyme OS, although not that popular, is lightweight and fun to use, so that shouldn’t deter possible buyers of the handset.
The design of the Meizu M2 Note is sleek and thin, with thin bezels on the sides and a sturdy home button on the front. The phone weighs about 150 grams and is only 8 mm thin, which is rather acceptable considering the 3100 mAh battery that lies within the device. The battery life of the Meizu M2 Note should last for about a day and a half with moderate use, which is rather average for a phone with a large phablet display.
If you decide to pre-order the Meizu M2 Note from GearBest using the coupon code above, be aware that shipping will only begin after July 5, when the presale period comes to an end. Although you might have to wait a bit to get your hands on the cheap phone, it will most likely be worth the wait. Any takers?