Call Quality

Meizu M5 Review

We had no major issues with call quality on the Meizu M5. Sure, it does not have the highest quality speaker or mic, but it is able to convey callers voices in a loud and clear enough manner.

Battery life

Battery life is decent, the phone can get you through a full day of use, but re-charge times are excruciatingly slow.

The M5 comes equipped with a decently sized 3,070 mAh battery that does a better than average job.

Meizu M5 Review
We found it easy to get through a full day of use and averaged around a day and a half on a single charge.

Here are the official battery numbers by Meizu: 5 hours of video recording, 9 hours of gaming, 37 hours of calls and 66 hours of music playback. Not too shabby.

We also ran our custom battery test that we do for all phones: we set the brightness at 200 nits, a level comfortable for indoor use, and we run a workload that simulates typical usage. The result we got is way above the average and near the top: the Meizu M5 scores 9 hours and 18 minutes.

What we were not happy with, though, is how long it takes to recharge the phone. Using the in-the-box 10-watt Meizu wall charger (5V at 2 amps), it took us an excruciatingly long 3 hours and 9 minutes to get the battery from 0 to 100%. This will not be much of an issue for nightly charges, but those who want to top up their battery at lunch time just to get that needed battery boost, will find it way too slow.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Meizu M5 9h 18 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G4 8h 48 min (Excellent)
Meizu M3 Note 11h 6 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Meizu M5 189
Motorola Moto G4 110
Meizu M3 Note 150


Meizu M5 Review

The Meizu M5 is a likable affordable phone made in China and made for China, with an international version targeting India and a limited number of European countries.

The goal of our review, however, is to understand how it will perform for the Western customer.

First, let’s consider the price: while in China you can buy if for $100 for the 16GB model and $130 for the 32 gig version, international shoppers can go with one of two options. One is to wait for the phone to launch in their market: in Italy and Spain, the M5 will cost 169 euros for the 16-gig and 189 euro for the 32GB model respectively. Option two is to import it from a third-party retailer for $150 for the 16GB and $200 for 32GB version. At those higher prices, the phone loses some of its competitive edge.

The lack of proper 4G LTE support for the US should be considered, but let's keep in mind that the phone is intended for other markets. The more important drawbacks of the Meizu M5 are its slightly washed out display, the interface that feels somewhat foreign and the slight stutter that accompanies the start of every app.

What are your alternatives? You can buy the better Moto G4 Plus for just slightly north of $200, yet it’s a much better phone in all aspects: it’s faster, features an interface that is made for Western markets and features fast charging, (plus, it has full 4G LTE compatibility with major US carriers).

The new Honor 6X is also a nice option with a metal design, faster chipset, better and sharper screen, and a larger battery.

Even more affordable phones like the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) and the Alcatel Shine Lite can give the Meizu M5 a run for its money.

While it is definitely a great value in its home market of China, the Meizu M5 is less of a bargain in Europe and it faces some tough competition from established brands that often offer more in terms of design and support.


  • Affordable
  • Camera focuses fast and takes decent quality pictures
  • Good battery life
  • Fingerprint scanner is reasonably quick


  • Imported phones lack proper service and repair support
  • Display has bluish, slightly washed out colors
  • Noticeable stutter before opening every app makes it feel a bit slow
  • No 4G LTE support for U.S. carriers
  • Battery is very slow to recharge

PhoneArena Rating:




1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

5 rating is INCREDIBLY harsh for a $100 phone, Phonearena. Your cons list is a complete joke considering the price. Also - 2 of the items on your cons list are based on global availability/compatibility, which the Company chooses. When the original iPhone was released, did you knock it for only being available in limited countries?

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Positives, taken straight from your review - Price is great - Battery life is great, mitigating long charge time for inexpensive phone - Camera is great - Design is great - Performance is beyond acceptable - Call quality is fine - Limited Global Availability/compatibility was intentional! They should not be knocked for this! You guys state apps pause when opening, but they run smoothly once doing so. Please - Reconsider your 5 rating considering the price. You guys are expecting a flagship phone at a low-range price lol? WTF Phonearena? Rating should be at minimum a 7.5

8. Rydsmith unregistered

Did you even read the review or did you just jump to the pros - cons, and then decide to complain? "The Meizu M5 is a likable affordable phone made in China and made for China. The goal of our review, however, is to understand how it will perform for the Western customer."

13. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

"The goal of our review, however, is to understand how it will perform for the Western customer." Incredibly stupid to do this, come to the conclusion it's a great phone if it's NOT for a Western customer, then award it a poor 5 rating. This is like me reviewing an AT&T iPhone 7 Plus in Antarctica and giving it a 2 because it didn't work.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Also they reviewed the phone as if the intended distribution method is grey import. It's quite baffling that they reviewed the phone from a US point of view as opposed to the point of view of the intended markets. If they can do they, they should've reviewed the Exynos S7.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nice...PA gimme the phone I'll kindly have it.

4. tunewar123

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

Meizu M5 (Charging time 189 mins) - Listed as con for "battery is very slow to recharge" Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Charging time 197 mins).... Slow to recharge was not even mentioned once.. Well played phonearena... well played...

5. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Meizu M5 Price: $100 iPhone 7 Plus Price: $769 Phonearena - A phone almost 8x more expensive wasn't knocked for charging time. I'm not trying to be rude here, but you guys seriously need to wake up. Consistency is crucial when you're a reviewer. This review was simply poor.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and on other note.. Meizu M5 beat iPhone 7 Plus on battery benchmark :v

6. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

It will be the end of the world before iCrapArena gives 9.xx to any Android phone.

9. Rydsmith unregistered

You mean like the Galaxy S line and several other HTC and LG phone?

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*any entry level android phone.... they giving fair score back then... i.e moto G 9/10, moto G (2014) 8.5/10, moto G (2015) 9/10 and then everything change since they became tame apple press... moto G4 7/10, and other low/mid-ranger (especially chinese brands) get turd-like score, no matter how great value it was..

11. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The 32GB M5 is available for only $135.99 on sites like TO2C. Like most Chinese phones, it comes with LTE Bands 1, 3 and 7, no good for the US but OK on 4 Canadian carriers - Rogers, Fido, Bell & Virgin all of which have LTE Band 7 (2600) - not Telus or Koodo though - need Band 4 for these carriers. A much better phone for this price range is the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime - bigger battery (4100 mAh) and SD430 - a great, speedy SOC.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Eh, be careful with Band 7 coverage. For Bell, it is *very* limited. Outside of pockets of major cities, you won't get any coverage on Band 7.

18. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Not a problem on Fido, but then I don't travel from home very much so I have never noticed any problem. I've been using Chinese phones on LTE Band 7 for about 3 years now with no lack of coverage.

16. Mystell

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I find people stupid for not understanding Meizu and it's flyme os, it's seriously the best in out there, use a flyme os for a month snd you will understand my point

17. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Typical review shows ignorance of Canadian LTE bands. So typical to talk about LTE availability in Asia, Europe and the US, not knowing that there are 4 carriers in Canada with LTE Band 7 (2600) so that this phone along with many others made in China DO get LTE access in Canada on those carriers. At least this reviewer didn't make the mistake of referring to North America as if that covered every country in North America.

19. salvo unregistered

Wow a really good review, but have you seen the agm a2??

20. rudra964

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 10, 2017

Absolutely every reviewer on every website somehow fails to mention while reviewing a Meizu device that every Meizu phone can be rooted from Settings without losing warranty, software updates and even OTAs.

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  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3070 mAh(37h talk time)

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