The Meizu M3 is official with super-fast memory chip and sub-$100 price-tag

The Meizu M3 is official with super-fast memory chip and sub-$100 price-tag

Lovers of exotic handsets are probably well aware of the Meizu brand – hailing from China, the company is a worthy competitor to Xiaomi, as both are well-known for offering smartphones with pleasant designs and top-shelf hardware for aggressive prices. Getting your hands on either of them on a Western market is a bit harder, but Meizu does seem to be just a bit more accessible internationally than its compatriot.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw the reveal of the Meizu M3 Note – the company' budget-priced phablet-class device. Now, wasting no time, the smartphone slinger follows up with the Meizu M3 — the re-iteration of what is Meizu's “entry-level” line of handsets.

Unlike its bigger sibling, the M3 Note, the Meizu M3 didn't adopt a metal body, but that's easily justifiable, given the entry-level class.. Overall, the handset's design doesn't steer far from that typical Meizu shape – a rectangle with soft corners, noticeable arches on the sides of its back, and thin, thin side bezels. The M3 also features a fingerprint scanner on its home button, a commendable feat for an entry-level class device.

On the hardware side of things, we have a 5-inch 720x1280 display, an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC, 2 GB / 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB / 32 GB of expandable internal memory. The storage chip inside is of the eMMC 5.1 variety – introduced by Samsung, it's a tech that offers about 50% faster random read speeds, and nearly doubles random write speeds, compared to the older eMMC 5.0 chips. The M3's main camera is a 13 MP, phase detection AF-assisted shooter with a dual-tone flash. On the front, we have 5 megapixels. The phone carries a 2,870 mAh juicebox in its backpack to keep the lights on.

The handset is currently up for pre-order at the prices of $92 for the 16 GB / 2 GB model and $123 for the 32 GB / 3 GB one. It will be a while before the M3 makes its way to 3rd party retailers, so you probably won't be able to get it internationally just yet. Word of warning, though — if you are considering one of these exotic midrangers, bear in mind that they might work with your operator only partially (no LTE) or not at all; that you will have to pay shipping and / or import tax, which means that the phone will end up costing more than the lucrative $92; and that some 3rd party retailers like to fill handsets with malware, so they are best to be avoided by folk that don't want a tech challenge on their hands.

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9 Comments

1. NoAllegiance unregistered

How about a redmi 3?

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

redmi3 FTW.. it have better processor and battery.. MT6750 in this phone is just downclocked helio P10.. and both of them didnt come to my country :D

9. alumoyo

Posts: 389; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

I think the Redmi 3 wins the spec battle. Bigger battery with fast charging, CDMA/EV-DO network, IR Blaster, better processor and noise cancelling mic. Only issue is that the Redmi only has 16gb storage and 2gb ram - but I expect they will make a "pro" model to bring up the storage and ram. Personally I would go for Meizu because I like Flyme OS, and Xiaomi uses two design elements that I prefer LESS on a smartphone: speaker on the back and the three capacitive buttons. However if I was recommending a phone to someone else I would say the Redmi 3 is a far purchase.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Please clarify the screen resolution, 720 X 1280 is not FHD. And Galaxy S6 have UFS, not eMMC.

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Yeah, that is really bad, was uncertain about it myself.

5. paul.k

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Well, that was an unfortunate brain-derp. Thanks

7. Asylum1621

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2016

Not only is this eMMC not UFS, it is v5.0 eMMC, not the v5.1 eMMC you listed above. If you watched the announcement video they clearly show the memory as 16GB v5.0 and 32GB v5.0, no mention of eMMC v5.1 anywhere in the announcement presentation.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

$114 CAD...I wouldn't mind getting one

6. bm985

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

That's a deal to beat. Plud its a nice phone

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