Meizu Blue Charm (m1) Metal unveiled: brings exquisite aluminum design and fingerprint scanner to budget phones

Meizu, one of the emerging phone stars out of China, has just taken the wraps off its first affordable metal phone and it features an exquisite design, MediaTek's most powerful Helio X10 system chip, a fast fingerprint scanner and a large battery: the 5.5-inch Meizu Blue Charm Metal.

All of that for a full retail price of less than $200. 

Interested? Hold your horses: the Meizu Blue Charm Metal will initially be available in China only, and while you will be able to import it via re-sellers, you will be getting the Chinese versions (with all its quirks) and you'll have to pay a slight premium on top of the official price.

Apart from that important disclaimer, the Meizu Blue Charm Note is a true beast clad in an iron armor: its metal body is practically unprecedented at this price point and so is a fingerprint scanner. These are the two key features that make the new Meizu phablet stand its ground against its biggest competitor in China: the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, a phone with the same, powerful Helio X10, but lacking the metal build and fingerprint security.

Specs Highlights

First, let's take a closer look at the dimension of the Blue Charm Note and what's under the hood.

Platform: New Flyme 5.0 skin on top of Android
Dimensions: 150.7 x 75.3 x 8.2mm
Weight: 162g
Screen: 5.5-inch LTPS LCD with 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution 
SoC: MediaTek Helio X10 (8x Cortex A53 @ 2.0GHz)
Cameras: 13-megapixel rear cam with f/2.2 lens, 5MP front with f/2.0 lens
Internal storage: 16GB/32GB (with microSD expandable storage)
Battery: 3140mAh

The Meizu Blue Charm Metal comes in 5 color versions: a white, grey, blue, gold, and pink ones. Take a look at the beautiful official lifestyle images showing the phone in its best light below.

New Flyme 5.0 skin

The Meizu Blue Charm Metal also acts as the launch pad for Meizu's new version of its Flyme custom Android skin. It has graduated to version 5.0, and comes with some profound changes: first, the look has evolved with modernized icons and improved style, but we're also seeing some great new apps. Meizu brings a new e-reading app and 'lifekit' that is the company's official entry into health and fitness. There is also support for cashless payments with the new fingerprint scanner, a feature that seems exclusive to China at the moment.

Blazing fast: Helio X10 and Meizu's camera chops

The Helio X10 is certainly the star of the show: MediaTek's best chip to date appears in $600 phones like the HTC One M9+ and that's why it's especially impressive to see it in a phone that costs less than $200. It's a fast chip, featuring eight Cortex A53 cores running at up to 2.0GHz, and humming along with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

We haven't seen camera samples, but judging from the 13-megapixel sensor of the camera, chances are that it produces the same good-looking images that we're used to seeing from Meizu in its m2 note.

Price and release date

The Meizu Blue Charm Metal goes on pre-order right away today, but do keep in mind that this is a phone that will officially be sold only in China initially (of course, you can import the Chinese version via third-party re-sellers for a slight premium). 

The official release date is set for November 2nd when the phone will go officially on sale at the Meizu store and China's Lynx Mall, with a second edition with additional 4G bands expected to go on sale in December.

Prices for the Meizu Blue Charm Metal are set as follows:

  • 16GB model - $173 (1,099 yuan)
  • 32GB model - $205 (1,299 yuan)
source: Meizu (translated)



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Redmi Note 2 = Meizu Blue Charm except for looks and fingerprint scanner. This makes Blue more better than Note 2 since they're priced about the same. I'm expecting Blue Charm to hit the shelves earlier than Note 2, which might not arrive at all.

2. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Not that simple. Remember how M1 Note and M2 Note had much better battery life comparison to Redmi Note 2 thanks to IGZO display. This one gonna be even better thanks to LTPS. Redmi Note 2 cheaper and its Prime model has faster Helio X10 variant. Probably most important difference is that Meizu Metal isn't exactly an Android phone. Meizu's Flyme UI topped on a forked Android called YunOS for this phone.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

*claps* Well done Meizu. Definitely got my attention!

3. carlemillward unregistered

Damn, M1 Note, M2 Note, now Metal. Meizu on that 4 month cycle. Hope Orange store sells this. Was going to get M2 Note.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

The value, damn. Welcome to the western market any day.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Open all day, 24 hours 7 days a week. Only a man can dream.

10. dazed1

Posts: 811; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Nah, you guys should opt for Lumia 550 or something similar from Windows for around 200-250$, because Windows is optimized and can run even better then Helio X10/2GB ram vs S210/1Gb ram. Windows fanboys never miss the chance to amaze.

5. Levon

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Looks better than HTC A9

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Damn those are impressive specs and prices.

9. Elfmonster unregistered

Is the only way to buy these Chinese phones directly from their sites, or is there a reputable stateside retailer?

11. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Can someone explain what LTPS LCD is? Is it better than IGZO display that Meizu used previously?

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

A very quick Google search got me this:

14. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

So touch response is faster?

15. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Just one kind of IPS display

12. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

I want that silver color...damn it is beautiful

16. youssefizk

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 10, 2015 have 19usd coupon for Meizu metal: $19 coupon code: 19meizumetal

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