Monsters from Asia: the incomprehensibly cheap Meizu Blue Charm Note (M1 Note)

A month from now it'll be a full year since the first entry in our fortnightly Monsters from Asia column, but, so far, we've been mainly focused on the high-end devices that China (among other non-mainstream brands from other Asian countries) churns out at an incredible pace. For this episode, however, we wanted to highlight a lower end device that still offered killer specs at incomprehensible prices, and it just so happens that Meizu today finally unveiled its rumored Blue Charm Note device. It fits that bill perfectly.

Meizu's "Note" phablet is quite worthy of the spotlight. To start off, we're looking at an impressive-for-the-category 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution IGZO display by Sharp, good for the excellent 403 pixels per inch. The panel in question is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and Meizu claims that it can reach brightness levels of up to 450 nits, though their testing methodology is unclear. Moving on, we've got 2 gigs of RAM, along with a 64-bit MediaTek MTK6752 octa-core processor with its ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and its dual-core Mali T760 GPU at 600Mhz.

On the back of the Meizu Blue Charm Note, we've got a Samsung-made, 13-megapixel sensor (1/3.06'') with f/2.2 aperture lens and two-tone LED flash. Up front, there's a worthy selfie cam – a 5-megapixel OmniVision sensor (OV5670) with 1.12µm pixels and f/2.0 lens. 

The Blue Charm Note is an LTE-enabled, dual SIM device (secondary slot supports 2G GSM) with an embedded infrared blaster for control over home electronics and support for Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz Wi-Fi, and A-GPS (GLONASS). The juicer within is also extremely generous, at 3140 mAh.

The Meizu Blue Charm Note is a very compact device relative to its screen size, with dimensions of 5.93 x 2.96 x 0.35 (150.7 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm) and a weight of 5.11 oz (145 g). It will be available in a number of colors, including white, blue, yellow, green, and pink, and cost ¥ 999 (~$160)/ ¥1199 (~$192) for the 16GB/32GB storage version, respectively. Impressive deal, really, especially if Meizu manages to produce enough of these to actually offer them outside of China, where it'll surely struggle to meet demand.

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1. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Hello? iPhone 5C?!

13. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Hello dear ! I am the iPhone 5c copycat from China !! nice to meet you !

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Hello iPhone 5C! I am your evil twin sister and I am about to steal your customers! Muhahaha!

26. Nafarione

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

hello dear im from china but i m better 1000 times and cheeper 2000 times haha

20. kevintangi

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Not just the looks, the colors also. It's just too obvious imo

27. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

And don't forget the Lumia's! Where the iPhone 5C got it's design from.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

iClone 6C Plus? To bad it won't get 4G on USA networks (probably). I would hope it has some sort of tap to-wake-function, because that's a long ass way to reach for the power button.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I just watched the MX4 review, and the "button" is a capacitive home button. Actually, the whole bottom part is capacitive, and you swipe up to bring up the app switcher. No mention of a way to wake or sleep the screen other than the power button, unlike the MX4 Pro where you can hold the physical home button to sleep it.

10. Ray.S

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

There is double-tap to wake the screen.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Cool. Thanks.

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I bet this iClone doesn't bend though :p

3. G3ro-

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

why do Meizu phones try to look like Apple handsets???

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I think the answer to that is pretty obvious.

6. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

This would be a good phone if they used their own design.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its their own design. I don't remember iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having such high screen to body ratio. Seem like we can't make any decent product without iFan making a big fuss! I understand they could be a bit mental after having paid Apple inflated price tag. Remember iPhone has the lowest screen to body ratio of 65%. I can't find any phone that has a lower score.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Recent HTCs have pretty low screen ratio, but with good reason - those speakers. The M7 and M8 have ~65--67% ratio, same as the iPhone 6 and 6+. The 5 and especially the 4 have horrible screen ratios.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Did you make the phone? Because it reeeks of iphone design and you should feel bad. Seriously put an apple logo on it and no one will know.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yeah! iPhone 5c is smallish 4" screen and a screen to body ratio of 60%. How can it even compare? Does Apple has a patent of blue plastic now?

19. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

iFans should always be reminded that iPhone 6 design is based on Meizu MX3 and iOS8 is on Flyme UI. Everybody's copying everybody so people shouldn't praise Apple like it's a godsend original gadget.

21. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I am not Apple fan, but this phone is tottaly a clear copy of iPhone 5C.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So does every other things. Does TV manufacturers make noise that every TV is a rectangular box. No? If not, why are phone so special?? Because Apple said so? I am sure if Apple ever make a TV and every other manufacturer will be accuse of copying them because that has always been their business tactic. Only Apple Fan will buy their story wholesale.

9. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Even the color options are the same as iPhone 5Cheap

12. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

They should have put dual front facing speakers to deviate from the apple design.

14. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

copycat gonna copy, but iphone still the best

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's what an iFan believe but the fact is Apple owns no technology of their own. They buy all the parts from OEM like Samsung to assemble in offshore company like Foxconn. Apple main weapons are marketing and indoctrination. That's where RareCandy come in.


Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH best phone ever . only 180$

25. shadowchaser

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

i don't really care if it looks like apple, whats important is in the inside and display resolution... the price also...every one should know that we are copies of our ancestors.

28. newsnews

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 24, 2015

I receive my Meizu M1 Note from It is really nice device. Love it.

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