Meizu m3 note, Pedal to the Metal

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Meizu m3 note

The Meizu m3 note is the third generation of the Note lineup and it boasts a 5.5 inches wide screen of Full HD resolution (1080p), just like its predecessor m2, but there’s more than that. The new Meizu m3 note can be described as being bigger, better, faster, more, as it features a relatively premium all-metal chassis, a bigger battery and a faster processor.

This droid is basically an incremental evolutionary step compared to the previous gen, and the most important thing about the m3 is the very potent Helio-powered system on chip, the P10 version kept alive by an impressive 4100 mAh battery. The rest of the smartphone is, how should I put it, inherited from the m2 generation, i.e. a 13 megapixels snapper, 16/32 gigabytes of internal storage capacity, dual SIM capability, LTE and a multipurpose (cleverly designed) Home button.

Similar to its Pro 5/6 kin, the latest Meizu m3 note is all about biometrics, as it comes with a fingerprint scanner incorporated into the Home hardware button, located on the front panel. But the most striking and alluring improvement is the high quality-premium looking metal-made chassis, which boosts confidence, together with the excellent workmanship and an improved design and built quality over the precedent generations.

But let’s take it slowly, shall we?

Starting with the hardware overview of the Meizu m3 note, let’s note that the smartphone measures 153.6 x 75.5 x 8.2 millimeters and weighs approximately 163 grams. The display is protected with a supposedly shock/scratch resistant glass coating, namely Dinorex T2X-1, which features the hugely popular 2.5D effect. Let me tell you just that: Dinorex has nothing in common with Gorilla Glass, and I don’t mean that in a pleasant way. Other than the Dinorex gizmo and cutting corners in the display-protecting department, the  Meizu m3 note is a solid smartphone, just don’t drop it on the pavement display-first.

The smartphone feels good in hand, and it can be maneuvered easily, it fits nicely in your pocket and the grip is secure enough. Ergonomics wise, the  Meizu m3 note is as good as it gets, long story short.

Now, let’s talk a little bit about the generous 5.5 inches wide display. The Meizu m3 note comes with a LTPS IPS LCD panel with full HD/1080p resolution, with great viewing angles and vivid colors. At 403 pixels per inch density, the display is very sharp and of above average quality, being comparable with some QHD variants out there in terms of color saturation, contrast and things like that. The only drawback is its sunlight legibility, as the glass that protects the display is highly reflective and it will definitely impair your vision in sunlight.

The battery is quite impressive, to say the least and thanks to its huge capacity, the Meizu m3 note offers a respectable 93 hours of endurance rating, flying high above its direct competitors in the autonomy department. As per connectivity, there’s more than enough on board to satisfy regular users: 2G/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA and HSUPA, quad-band 3G, LTE cat.4 , Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, micro SD, micro USB 2.0, Miracast, GPS, Glonass, BDS, everything is there.

The Meizu m3 note runs on Android  Lollipop out of the box, with the Flyme OS 5.1 on top, a Chinese ROM with Chinese exclusive services aimed at replacing everything related to Google. The good news is that everything works great, smooth and without hiccups.

In terms of performance, the Meizu m3 note is powered by a pretty cool MediaTek Helio P10 system on chip, i.e. an octa-core architecture featuring Cortex A53 CPUS clocked at different speeds assisted by 2/3 GB of RAM. However, the GPU is quite uninspiring to say the least, and I’m talking about a sub-mediocre Mali T 860 MP2, as in dual core, which manages to throttle the smartphone’s pretty nice overall performance when it comes to games and stuff like that.

Meizu m3 note 1

The camera is a 13 megapixles variety featuring a dual tone LED flash, but really, there’s nothing to write home about in this department. Video recording is limited to 1080p@30 fps and the quality is decent.

As per my final words, I would describe the Meizu m3 note as a small upgrade without the bang, compared to its previous m2 generation. There’s more refinement, due to the 2.5D glass and the metal chassis, the LTE feature and the micro SD slot. However, even if the SoC is pretty good, taking performance one step further, the GPU is really the weak link in the chain.  Overall, the Meizu m3 note makes for a pretty credible smartphone and it offers quite a lot for its asking price.

 

 

 

 

 

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