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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 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P10
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
    Meizu Flyme UI

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