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

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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 offers great value for the money

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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posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:09 2

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 06:16 2

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 !!!

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:11 6

2. hmd74 (Posts: 489; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:16 1

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 09:41

12. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 08:07

14. newsman (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)

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posted on 28 Mar 2015, 01:08

15. ThrowsCharts (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Mar 2015)

Amazon my friend.... and eBay!

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:13 1

3. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:20 1

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:20

6. Wiencon (Posts: 2023; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

It would be awesome if Meizu included their amplifiers in lower models too.

And why there is Killzone shown on 4. Picture?

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 03:52 1

7. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 04:34

8. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 348; Member since: 30 May 2014)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 07:36

10. TBomb (Posts: 848; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

lol.... 4 skin

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 08:00

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Isn't the resolution 1280x768?


posted on 28 Jan 2015, 14:36

13. shaman (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


looks cool, but specs (

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