Meizu m3 Note is grabbing a lot of attention soon after it was launched in India. The reason is pretty obvious and it deserves the type of attention as it falls under the same category where phones like Le 1s and Redmi Note 3 compete. It has been priced at INR 9,999 and comes with very appealing specs and features.

We unboxed the Meizu m3 Note and tested the gaming and battery as soon as we received the handset. Read the review to know how it performed during our gaming and battery tests.

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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

Unboxing

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Meizu m3 Note comes packed in a small cuboid shaped box that has the same design that we have seen in Apple iPhone packages. The white coloured box has the m3 Note branding on the top and Meizu branding on the sides; it looks very simple in with almost no graphics on the box. The other handset details and manufacturing details are printed on the back side. As we opened the box, we found the Meizu m3 Note resting on the top. And rest of the contents are placed right under it.

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Box Contents

  • Meizu m3 Note handset
  • 2-pin charger
  • USB cable
  • SIM ejector
  • User guide and Warranty card

Hardware Overview

The Meizu m3 Note comes with MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 chipset with 8 CPU cores clocked at 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 and 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53, both quad cores. For better gaming performance it has Mali-T860MP2 GPU. With 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, it looks perfect for mid-level gaming.

The display is a 1920×1080, 5.5 inch IPS LCD panel that amounts to 401 pixels per inch. The battery is a 4100 mAh unit.

Gaming Performance

I played two games on the Meizu m3 Note including the graphic intensive Nova 3 and Modern Combat 5. While playing Modern Combat 5 I noticed that there was minute hiccups in the tutorial stage which had a part of the story line, but as I progressed, I could see that the game was smooth to play. Touch response and graphic quality was great and I have no complains with the gaming performance of this device at this price point.

If you want to play games like Nova 3 on this device, then you should not be complaining about the lags and heating as they demand a lot from the CPU. Despite of the heavy graphics and details, Meizu m3 Note was handling Nova 3 somehow and the game was playable in spite of some frame drops and lags. I cannot assure that it will be running smoothly every time you play it, but in my case, it was playable.

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Highest Temperature (In Celsius)
Nova 315 Minutes6%29 degree41 degree
Modern Combat20 minutes7%33 degree44.2 degree

Battery Performance

I have been using the phone from last 3 days and have charged this device only once. Although I used is as my secondary device but I still played games, used social networking apps and it was on working 3G network for the whole time. The battery backup is very good, as you must be expecting from a 4100 mAh battery. You get through a full day even if you are an aggressive user. It is very economical in terms of standby drainage and can last for days without charging.

Below is the battery drop rate table while doing distinct tasks on this phone. You can take a look at the table for a better idea about the battery.

Performance (On Wi-Fi)TimeBattery Drop Highest Temperature (In Celsius)
Gaming (Modern Combat 5)23 Minutes5%39.2 Degrees
Video (Max brightness and volume)30 Minutes4%32.7 Degrees
Surfing/Browsing/Video Buffering20 Minutes2%33 Degrees

Terms Explained

For Gaming:-

  • Great- Game launches without delay, No lags, No frame drop, Minimal heating.
  • Good- Game launches without delay, Small or negligible frame drops, Moderate heating.
  • Average- Takes time to launch initially, visible frame drops during intense graphics, heating increases with time.
  • Poor- Takes long to launch the game, huge lags, Unbearable heating, Crashing or freezing.

For Battery:-

  • Great- 1% battery drop in 10 minutes of high-end gaming.
  • Good- 2-3% battery drop in 10 minutes of high-end gaming.
  • Average- 4% battery drop in 10 minutes of high end gaming
  • Poor- More than 5% of battery drop in 10 minutes.

Conclusion

At INR 9,999, m3 Note is a phone that has all the qualities that can impress many. We are really happy with the gaming and battery performance of Meizu m3 Note. Anyone who expects a good performance and a great software can go for this phone. Its tough to find such impressive package at such a price.