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

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.
Meizu's lineup, the Blue Charm on the right

Meizu's lineup, the Blue Charm on the right

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: 539; 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: 1186; 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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