Meizu M3 Note with aluminum body, a nice set of specs, and bargain price announced

Right on the lock, buzzy Chinese smartphone maker Meizu announced the newest "too-cheap-to-be-true!" Android phone. Priced between $129 to $150 (CNY 799 – 999), the model seems to offer a lot of good value for the money. For starters, the M-series's plastic shell is replaced with a 6000 Series Aluminum body that looks very similar to other handsets by the company, such as the Meizu Pro 5. It's an elegant, understated design that may feel a tad too reminiscent to the iPhone for some, but we can't imagine too many customers complaining! With the addition of a metal body, the M3 Note is better equipped to compete with the aggressively priced Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p-resolution screen, the smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core chipset and accepts two SIM cards or a single SIM card and a microSD card. It has full support for Chinese LTE networks, but alas, the rest of the world will have to wait for a global version, possibly powered by a Qualcomm or Samsung chipset. Regardless, with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC 5.1 flash memory, and Meizu's breezy Flyme interface, we can safely assume the high-end M3 Note moves quite swiftly when it comes to everything but the most graphically demanding games. That was our experience with the Elephone P9000, which is another interesting Chinese phone powered by the same chipset. The same goes for the entry model, which downsizes to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both are powered by a considerably large 4100mAh battery.

The M3 Note features a 13MP rear camera that sits flush with the body, and a 5MP front cam to handle selfies. There's also a fingerprint sensor, built inside the physical home button which doubles as a back and multitasking key as well.

Starting sales in China on April 11, the Meizu M3 Note will come in a dark grey back/black face or gold back/white face color schemes. We're pretty sure Meizu will announce a global version down the road, so those interested should stay put.

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M3 Note
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P10, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh



1. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I tried the Meizu M2 Note for a while. Found it very impressive - especially the great battery life. The only downside is that the display is a finger-print magnet. Hopefully the M3 Note has a better quality display.

2. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Great looking smartphone for a bargain price, well done Meizu.

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Have the M2 Note, regular monthly updates, but the only disadvantage is that they first release the Asian ROM, then the international is a waiting game. Flyme 5.1.4 Stable release just came out 3 days ago for the Asian ROM, still running lollipop. But M1 Note got updated to Lollipop from KitKat, so I hope it is eventually released this year.

6. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What's your screen on time for m2 note? I'm curious to get the new release so I'm trying to know the quality of their products more.

9. NoAllegiance unregistered

5-5.30hrs average usage. But can deviate anywhere to 4 heavy usage to 8 when using wi-fi, instead of cellular. It is nice not having to charge your phone at night, i never let my battery go less than 30 percent and charge it to 90 percent.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Another day, another phablet. Yay

5. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Always mentioning iphone in the article if it's needed, eh?

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

while its obviously more look like Mi5 and Oppo R9, lol and backplate is just look like others meizu's, or xiaomi's phone this site is seriously infected by apple pollen, lol

12. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

sigh... once again people have to resort to Xiaomi if they want IR from cheap adorable phone. The m series was nice for its price, not perfect, but better build quality than Xiaomi. I have the m2 note. The mediatek 1,2Ghz octacore is a turd, but manageable. Tried putting add-on IR blaster that plugged to the 3.5mm slot, but it doesn't work. Looks like it's Redmi 3 Pro after all, when it finally available from importers.

13. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

153.6mm is a bit tall for a 5.5 incher, close to iPhone 6s plus, but large battery is a good excuse for that. Furthermore for that price I wouldn't dig that issue even if has a smaller battery. Top and bottom parts are probably made of plastic like MX5 and Pro 5. Not a big issue. It isn't a powerhouse for budget phablet category like Redmi Note 3 Pro, but considering things like those - Most efficient LCD type which is LTPS, - Large battery, - big.LITTLE setup instead to true octacore, - More efficient HPC+ manufacturing process than HPM of Helio X10 and even more efficient than LP of SD615/617, - More reasonable clock speeds of Cortex-A53 comparison to Helio X10 Unless a bug gonna ruin it, that one probably will have an unmatched battery life for the Chinese budget phablet class. Also eMMC 5.1 storage is a big plus for the category. Both vanilla and Pro models of Redmi Note 3 got slower eMMC 5.0. Redmi 3 has even much slower eMMC 4.5. One thing needs to be clarifying. Flyme had build on YunOS instead to Android at the Metal. What about this?

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