Meizu Blue Charm unveiled: the best affordable Android phone you've never heard of


When it comes to affordable Android smartphones, China is king. You might have heard about the huge success of Xiaomi, a company often referred to as the 'Apple of China', but sharing nothing of Apple's affinity for premium pricing and large profit margins.

Now, a new star has risen on the horizon of affordable Android smartphones that are reliable: it's Meizu, another brand from China having its roots in the music player industry, and building a competitive portfolio in a direct rivalry with Xiaomi. This battle for Asia is driven by sales for ultra-affordable devices, which are now dominated by the Xiaomi Redmi (or Hongmi), a device sold for just $100 off contract.

The newly unveiled Meizu Blue Charm (aka Meizu M1) is a direct answer to that: with a full retail price of $112 (元699), it brings even more to the table: a larger, 5" 720p display, a modern quad-core Cortex A53-based MediaTek MT6732 running at up to 1.5GHz, a 13-megapixel camera, and a large, 2610mAh battery. All of that runs on Meizu's simple and modern-looking Flyme 4 skin on top of Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Meizu Blue Charm thus fits as the most affordable phone in Meizu's portfolio. Slightly more expensive, at $160 (元999) is the Meizu M1 Note (aka Blue Charm Note), a 5.5-inch 1080p handset with an octa-core MT6752 chip and a 13-megapixel camera. 

Then, you have the Meizu MX4 priced at $288 (元1799), boasting a 5.36" display, a more powerful, MT6595 octa-core chip and a 20-megapixel camera. 

Finally, you have the Meizu MX4 Pro ($400, or 元2499), the current flagship phone for Meizu, boasting a 5.5" Quad HD-ish display with an Exynos 5430 system chip, a metal frame, 20-megapixel shooter, what Meizu calls 'hi-fi' audio, and a fingerprint scanner.

The Meizu Blue Charm release date is set for February 5th, but unfortunately, initial availability will be limited to China only. Experience shows that third-party resellers put a slight premium on the official $112 price, but we do expect the price for Western markets (if you buy the phone via unofficial channels) to be around the $150 mark, which is still very competitive.

source: Meizu

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15 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Improved 5c... and the Flyme skin looks super cool.

9. seven7dust unregistered

you mean copy !!! I really like meizu phones and flyme UI is really smooth experience unlike touchwiz. but they should stop copying Apple !!!

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

The only problem is we can't buy it :| Ohh these china onlyzzz

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I'm glad that Meizu is in my country (Malaysia), almost all of the popular Chinese manufacurers is in my country except those cheap cheap s**tty brands like Goophone or Dakele etc.

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

You can order it, but the shipping costs are probably not worth it.

14. newsman

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

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15. ThrowsCharts

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 27, 2015

Amazon my friend.... and eBay!

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

They shouldn't have used the glossy plastic, with those color options it just looks kinda like iPhone 5Crap. But still a good phone, really like Meizu's Flyme UI.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I love the white one, shame that it's China only :(

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It would be awesome if Meizu included their amplifiers in lower models too. And why there is Killzone shown on 4. Picture?

7. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It might have nice specs, but will never get and OS update and in a few months / year will be slow as hell

8. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

The specs are greater than A5, except the chipset and UI

10. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lol.... 4 skin

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

13. shaman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

youtube.com/watch?v=YIsYvqPVTOM looks cool, but specs (

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