Meizu M2 goes official: a lot of phone for less than $100


The Meizu M2 is here and it's a lot of phone for a shockingly affordable MSRP of less than $100. Meizu is one of the growing stars in the phone industry: a brand from China, it has quickly expanded its presence throughout most of Europe, and while it has not conquered the United States yet, you can still buy its phones via multiple third party resellers (for a slight premium over their official asking price).

Naturally, buyers in the Western world might be wondering if there are any caveats to a phone offered at such a low price: the short answer is 'no'. In fact, this price tag is standard for the affordable tier of phones in China, where the Meizu M2 will enter direct competition with Xiaomi's Redmi 2 and the Lenovo K3 (among others), offered for the same price.

What makes the Meizu M2 stand out, however, is its clean and extremely smoothly-running Flyme UI running on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop on the M2. The skin has smooth animations and impressive performance (it also comes with the Google Play Store pre-installed and Meizu phones can be rooted with a single click, a stock software feature).

Here is a quick run-down of the specs of the Meizu M2:

Platform: Android 5.1 with Flyme 4.5 skin
Screen: 5-inch 720P LCD display (294ppi)
System chip: MediaTek MT6735 (1.3GHz Cortex A53 quad-core CPU, with Mali T720 GPU)
RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage: 16GB (expandable to 128GB via microSD cards)
Cameras: 13-megapixel f/2.0 main cam, 5-megapixel front cam
Battery: 2450mAh 
Colors: white, blue, pink, gray
Price: $96 (599 yuan)

When compared to its extremely popular affordable phablet sibling, the 5.5-inch Meizu M2 Note, one can see that the Meizu M2 cuts some corners: the 5-inch screen features a 720 x 1280-pixel resolution (vs 1080p on the M2 Note), and the system chip is the less capable MT6735 (vs the MT6753). We would not consider those deal-breakers in any way, though: the display is still sharp with pixel density close to that of, say, the iPhone, while the system chip is on par with the Snapdragon 410 used in devices like the new Moto G (however, the Moto G costs twice as much).

One thing that we're particularly curious about, though, is the camera. The Meizu M2 features the same 13MP/5MP (rear/front) camera setup as the M2 Note, and we're hopeful that it will also deliver the same very good quality from those snappers.

Overall, the phone has dimensions just slightly larger than the iPhone 6 (if we were to compare it with a mainstream device) and it will offer the now traditional for China dual SIM configuration (one micro SIM slot and a nano SIM slot that doubles as a microSD card slot).

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21 Comments

1. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

You buy that for your toddlers to play with.

2. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Actually it's $16 cheaper even than Xiaomi's kind of famous Redmi 2 Enhanced. It's not just cheaper, also it has more powerful chip (both CPU and GPU wise), 13MP/5MP cameras instead to 8MP/2MP, bigger screen, larger battery, nicer design, thin side bezels by any standards, it's less than 9mm thick and weigh a bit less.

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

I would also add to that the fact that Meizu phones traditionally have great build quality, while I am pretty disappointed with the Xiaomi Redmi 2 and its screaky body.

15. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Will PhoneArena be doing a review on this phone? I think it deserves an in-depth review.

20. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yes, we'll have a review as soon as it's available. Our belated Meizu M2 Note review is also coming up these days, so stay tuned.

14. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It really does have great specs for that price. It it's day to day performance is as good as it looks on paper, this is a steal!

4. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

So 138.2 x 67.1 mm is its dimension? (slightly larger than the iPhone 6)

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yes, and it have bigger screen than i6

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yes, and it have bigger screen than i6

17. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

- 5-inch with 1000:1 contrast ratio, AGC Dragontrail glass protection - 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 5p lens, Gorilla Glass 3 protective lens glass - 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, 4p lens Hybrid Dual SIM (second slot can also be used as microSD slot) - Dimensions: 140.1 × 68.9 ×8.7 mm; Weight: 131g - 3G HSPA+, WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS / GLONASS - 4G LTE band ?

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still better than iPhone6

8. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Would this get an update to Android M? Anyone have any experience with these Chinese brands and updates?

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's hard to tell, since Android M is not even out yet, so we have no official comments from the phone makers on this.

18. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

meizu and xiaomi have weekly updates, they do seem to get the latest version of android at some point, but there like samsung, they usually just take their time. Also, the redmi didn't get an update to lollipop yet, but instead they gave it a big update that included all the features of the lollipop. I think the 1 gb ram forced xiaomi to stick with kitkat, but all the other devices have had lollipop. If you want updates from chinese oems, make sure to not buy a 1gb ram phone since they usaully claim 1gb isn't enough for the latest os, buy like at least 2gb ram. Also, chinese phone's updates depend on the company, xiaomi and meizu seem good, but elephone i heard is crap on updates.

9. Anupam-Chopra

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

The only issue with Chinese manufacturers is that they are crappy at sending updates.

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Maybe there's some truth in that, but don't you find it absurd that the recently released Galaxy A7 runs KitKat while this and many other Chinese smartphones ship with the latest Android 5.1, yet cost a fraction of the price?

19. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

no they are not at all. Xiaomi sends weekly updates, do your research before spreading nonsense.

10. Rocket

Posts: 669; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

when will be available?

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Awesome. Availability is the issue in India, they just advertise on Facebook but no dates of release.

16. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

price killer for the specs,, compared to other chinese brands..

21. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I wonder... Is there any other phone with this specs AND price but with a slightly smaller screen? (4.7" like Xiaomi Redmi 2, for example)?

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