Meizu has launched its much awaited m3 Note today in India and it has been priced at INR 9,999. Luckily, it has launched the 3 GB variant and skipped the 2 GB variant for now. We have seen this device before, but again we got a chance to try our hands on the m3 Note and it looks like a good example of craftsmanship. The device looks classy and also has a lot of interesting features to fall for, but the only question in our mind is about the Flyme OS. The Flyme OS looks soothing but we are still waiting for a fully optimized version for Indian markets and a better after sales service in the country.

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Let’s not waste any more time and start with the initial impressions of this device.

Meizu m3 Note Specifications

Key SpecsMeizu M3 Note
Display5.5 inches LTPS display
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.8 GHz Octa-Core
ChipsetMediatek Helio P10
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP with
Battery 4100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual-SIM Hybrid
WaterproofNo
Weight163 gms
Price INR 9,999

Meizu m3 Note Photo Gallery

Also See: Meizu m3 Note FAQ, Pros and Cons

Physical Overview

Meizu m3 Note comes packed in an aluminum body, and looks a lot like the Meizu MX5 in terms of the design. It has a 4100 mAh battery and also has a 5.5 inch display, this could have made it a bulky handset but it still manages to weigh just 163 grams. The front has 2.5D curved glass, which makes it look curvy and smooth from the front, and also enhances the feel.

It feels solid in hand and also premium if compared to other smartphones in the same segment. We have seen this design language before as well, but for Rs. 9,999, it is very good.

The front top has earpiece, 5 MP front camera and proximity sensor.

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The chin has just the home button, which also acts as a fingerprint sensor.

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A good looking camera module, which looks the same we have witnessed in previous Meizu phones, is at the center top of the back panel. The LED flash is placed right under it and Meizu branding is also found in the center.

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Volume rocker and power keys are on the right edge and they are made out of metal.

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On the left edge, you will find a SIM tray that accepts 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM and 1 micro SD.

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3.5mm audio jack and secondary microphone is on the top edge,

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whereas the speaker grill, primary microphone and USB port is at the bottom.

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Meizu m3 Note Display

Meizu M3 Note boasts of a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080P) LTPS display with 403 pixels per inch. The screen looked very vibrant and colourful with crisp details but the viewing angles of the device could have been better than this. The touch screen response was very good, but the glass on the panel was very reflective, which may turn irritating while using phone under sunlight.

User Interface

Meizu M3 Note runs Android 5.1 Lollipop topped with the Meizu’s own Flyme OS. Last time when I used this OS, I was really impressed and it was way too different from most other custom Android skins. This OS uses a very highly customized version of Android, but still has the app drawer like most of the Android devices. It does not have navigation keys like Apple iOS, in fact it offers navigation shortcuts on the screen itself. The notification panel, menu icons, settings menu, and quick settings options look very different from what we see on usual Android phones.

In our opinion, the software of the phone is different, exciting and is surely something worth exploring.

Camera Overview

Meizu m3 Note boasts of the most common camera pair found in phones of this range and the performance is also not something extraordinary. We shot some pictures using the 13 MP rear camera on the phone and we had mixed emotions if the camera performance is considered. Quality of pictures was just about average whereas the details were good, but the colour reproduction is something we had a complaint with. The rear camera has an aperture of f/2.2 and the camera lens is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

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As far as the front camera is concerned, it has a 5 MP sensor that us capable of clicking some great pictures in good light, but performs very basic when comes to low light scenarios.

Price and Availability

It has been priced at INR 9,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon.in. Registrations are open from 2 PM onwards from today and the first sale will commence on 31st May.

Conclusion

Meizu m3 Note looks like a great smartphone for a price tag of INR 9,999. It will compete with the likes of Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 1s with the kind of overall package it offers. It has everything that can be availed in such low cost and the features also look pretty impressive, everything else depends upon how it stands against the competition in different areas.