Meizu M5 Note goes official: strong-ish specs for the smaller budget
posted by Ben R.
Dec 06, 2016, 5:19 AM
After plenty of build-up, the Meizu M5 Note is now official. As expected, it carries a relatively strong array of internal hardware, and a rather tidy outer profile to boot.
The display is a 5.5-inch, 2.5D, 1080 x 1920 curved glass affair. Though not among the ranks of the quad-HD panels we see throughout the higher tiers of the smartphone industry, the resolution should be okay for those content with a strong, if not cutting-edge experience. The M5 Note offers fairly standard mid-range fare, with a 1.8 GHz Helio P10 and 3 GB RAM / 16 GB storage at base level. For those willing to pay extra, there's a 3 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM model on offer, while the highest variant gets 4 GB / 64 GB. Prospective M5 Note owners seeking versatility will be able to benefit from further expansion via the dual-SIM hybrid tray, which can host either two SIM cards or one SIM with a microSD.
Elsewhere, there's a 13-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED and PDAF, along with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The device also packs a fingerprint sensor, a 4000 mAh battery and the usual array of connectivity including 4G with voLTE, Bluetooth and GPS (though no NFC). Software is taken care of by Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the new Flyme OS 6.0 custom overlay.
As for the form factor, it measures in at 153.6 mm x 75.8 mm x 8.1 mm and weighs 175 grams. Available in either champagne gold, silver, blue or gray, the 3 GB RAM / 16 GB storage Meizu M5 Note has a price tag of 899 Yuan, or $130 US. The 3 / 32 GB model arrives at 999 Yuan ($145), while the 4 / 64 GB version is considerably steeper at 1499 Yuan ($218).
Meizu Welcomes New M5 Note to the M-Series Smartphone Family
DECEMBER 6TH, 2016. Leading smartphone company Meizu officially releases the all-new Meizu M5 Note, which features a full metal unibody design and a 5.5-inch Full HD display.
As the latest member of Meizu’s celebrated M-series, the M5 Note is designed for consumers who seek affordable smartphones with excellent industrial design and easy user experience.
Meizu M5 Note – More Performance, More Beauty
- Beautiful hardware
The new M5 Note has the classic full metal unibody that has gone through 12 steps of 3D sandblasting for smoother touch, and comes in four colors: champagne gold, silver, grey, and blue. The speaker hole located at the bottom of the phone is carved in a rectangle shape and made by CNC equipment for more natural and even sounds.
- A delightful viewing experience
The 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D glass features the latest smart eye-protective mode to ensure a more comfortable viewing experience. The display produces vivid colors and lively visuals.
- Powerful new generation processor
The powerful new generation 8-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor has a peak frequency of 1.8GHz. The M5 Note is equipped with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and users can choose between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of internal storage to satisfy every kind of user.
- High battery capacity and fast charging
Although the M5 Note is only 8.1mm thick, it is powered by a 4000mAh battery that can support 32 hours of talk time, eight hours of browsing on 4G or five hours of playing heavy games. Meizu specifically chose the safest battery cells from international suppliers to guarantee strong and stable performance. Backed by 18W of power, it takes just 90 minutes to charge the Meizu M5 Note.
- Capture all your precious moments
To better document the moments in life, the M5 Note has a 13 megapixel rear camera with 0.2s high-speed focusing. The 5 megapixel front camera comes with a real-time beautifying function that allows users to improve their selfies.
- Easy and fast fingerprint recognition
The M5 Note also brings a fingerprint recognition experience that makes mobile payment easy and fast. It has a recognition angle of 360° and a response speed of 0.2 seconds.
Aber Bai, President of Meizu, remarked that out of the M-series, which is defined as “Quality for Young,” Meizu Note products sold more than 20 million during the period of two years in which they have been launched. The previous generation Note device achieved seven million in sales.
“The M-series and the Note product lines have not only been recognized by the market, but are also seen as a leader in bringing high quality smartphones that are budget-friendly,” said Bai. “This newly launched M-series M5 Note device is the first one in the series to be equipped with the NMT antenna that’s mostly used in high-end flagship models. We believe this model will offer more value options for our users.”
“The Meizu M5 Note supports Band 20, which is an important development for Meizu in terms of becoming more successful in European markets,” said Ard Boudeling, Global Brand Manager of Meizu.
It is disappointing that OEM's are making their phones heavier with each iteration. The M2 Note was only 149 grams, the M3 Note was 163. Now the M5 Note is 175 grams! Where is this headed?? Will the M8 Note be 200 grams??
I don't know about you, but I prefer my phones to be heavier...
And to me a Phablet weigh in at 175 Grams is PERFECT...!
I absolutely love how iPhone 4 feel in the hands...! Nice and solid... The 5 feels quite flimsy in comparison... (140 Grams vs. 112 Grams).
My Lumia 430 is also quite heavy at @ 130 Grams and hence feels pretty nice and solid... For comparison, my S6 is 2 Grams lighter and has a 1.2" Bigger screen... And I honestly don't like the feel of it...
Kids these days...
Guess even a flower puts a cramp in their arms...
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