The third presentation of a new smartphone for three months. Perhaps a couple of years ago, no one could have expected this from the Chinese Meizu, the company of one of the smartphone – the flagship, updated once a year. Practice, on the one hand, argued that the selected Meizu way allows the company to stay afloat and maintain the line, releasing a new device once a year, on the other hand, against the backdrop of a competitor, Xiaomi, Meizu looked paler and expressionless. Despite the interesting device, it was at one Meizu, Xiaomi while gradually from one model release moved to a small thoughtful lineup includes some very affordable smartphones, as well as the flagship. In 2014, Meizu has received a new investor, it is the largest Chinese company Alibaba, and this moment can be considered as a transition, no more of that modest Meizu, occupies a niche with a high quality smartphone.
Autumn announcements Meizu, MX4 in October and MX4 Pro in November revealed that the company is willing to invest more in new devices. At the same time, little has changed and the principle of presentations, has more references and declarations of love for Apple (Xiaomi doing it for several years, for example), as well as candid shots in the direction of Xiaomi. Both principles have been evident precisely in this presentation in December Meizu m1 note.
But let’s start the story about the device, as usual, with technical details.
Meizu m1 note – Technical characteristics
- Materials: glossy plastic (polycarbonate), glass Gorilla Glass 3 (front panel), magnesium alloy (base case)
- Operating System: Android 4.4.4, Flyme 4.2
- Network: GSM, WCDMA, LTE (FDD-LTE) (microSIM), two slots for SIM-card
- Processor: an eight, 64-bit, A53 Corteh at a frequency of 1.7 SG platform Mediatek MT6752
- Graphic subsystem: Mali T720 MP2, 600 MHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Data Memory: 16/32 GB
- Card Slot: No
- Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n) Dual-Band, Bluetooth 4.0, connector microUSB (USB 2.0) for charging / synchronization, 3.5 mm headset
- Screen: IPS-matrix AUO / Sharp, diagonal 5.5 “, the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (FHD), ppi 403, automatic backlight adjustment, protective glass Gorilla Glass 3
- Main Camera: 13 MP sensor Samsung, 5 lenses, f / 2.2, blue glass IR filter, speed shooting up to 30 frames per second video recording in 1080p and slow motion
- Front camera: 5 megapixel without autofocus, the sensor OVS670, angle of 69, 4 lenses, f / 2.0, the imposition of effects in real time
- Navigation: GPS (support A-GPS), Glonass
- Extras: accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
- Battery: 3140 mAh
- Dimensions: 150.7 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 145 grams
At the presentation, it was noted that the company is creating a new brand for the line – Blue. That is, the device is called China Blue m1 note. At the same time, on the English site Meizu left the usual name of the Meizu m1 note, so that we can offer that «Blue» – just an idea for the domestic market. Here and below, I will call a smartphone Meizu m1 note. If the unit starts officially sold in Russia, it is likely that it was under this name.
As always, the first couple of minutes walking success story Meizu: more than 10 million pre-orders Meizu MX4, more than 6.7 million pre-orders MX4 Pro, as well as 16 times better sales than last year. In the wake of this success, Meizu announced the discovery of more than 1,000 new points of sale in China next year.
With Meizu m1 note the company enters into new segment of the most affordable smartphones. Immediately Looking ahead and say that the first pancake is not exactly a success, if we talk about the Chinese market. At a price of 1,000 yuan Meizu m1 note offers very good performance and design, although the latter is, of course, raises questions.
Externally Meizu m1 note – enlarged copy Apple iPhone 5c. Similarly, as Xiaomi recently introduced tablet, made in the likeness of iPhone 5c, Meizu introduced a smartphone. In both cases, the company explicitly mention iPhone 5s in the description of their products. Meizu m1 note 5c almost similar to screw up – glossy plastic (polycarbonate), unibody-body, such as the shape of the tray under the SIM-card solutions with a ring dynamics, choice of colors. Unless m1 note cam is centered, and not in a corner of the housing.
At the same time, m1 note has a clear and easily traceable similarity with previous models of the company – if you put m1 note next to the MX4 and MX3, you will see the same body shape, firm touch the circle below the screen, and, as I said above, a similar implementation “back “to the middle chamber.
At the presentation of his Meizu compared m1 note with the same device from Xiaomi – Hongmi Note, and comparison, as you know, has always been in favor of the former. In the coming years, I think Meizu and Xiaomi between unfold bitter struggle with constant injections each other’s presentations and even in the press. Some years it was considered China’s Xiaomi daring young company, it is easy copying Apple and carrier striking new advertising ideas, now Meizu wants to take away that status.
Xiaomi shots towards the presentation expressed in a simple comparison of “our» note with “them”:
New Meizu m1 note fits well in the hand due to the successful hull shape and smooth transitions between the planes. Surely it will get dirty as iPhone 5c, but it looks as a whole, the unit nice and impressive. Again, as 5c.
All of the features of firm touch kruglyasha in place – you can turn off the screen and holding it if the swipe your finger from the sensor to the screen. Unlocking a double tap of the same on the display on the site, as well as the ability to quickly move the camera swipe from right to left or to the main screen, swipe from the bottom up on the screen off.
The smartphone is set to 5.5 ” screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Pay attention to the aspect ratio, it is a standard, which is atypical for Meizu, uses non-standard ratios.
Talk about the quality of the screen will probably be overkill. Close to the natural color reproduction, very good stock of brightness, the maximum viewing angles, the feeling that the image is drawn directly on top of the glass, and is not for him. All that we see in the screens Meizu. Perhaps some will pay attention to a small slope to the cold tones, but this is, again, a familiar feature of all screens in the smartphone Meizu.
The smartphone is based on an eight 64-bit platform Mediatek MT6752 with a frequency of 1.7 GHz cores (Corteh A53). Graphics – Mali T720 MP2 600 MHz. Opportunity to test the device in the games I have, unfortunately, was not, but to the speed of the interface no complaints, all very smoothly and quickly, without a hint of podlagivaniya or delay.
Within the 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal flash memory for data storage slots for card not present.
Now, about the camera. The main camera with a resolution of m1 note 13 MP sensor from Samsung, f / 2.2 is equipped with a flash of the two LEDs of different colors. Front with a resolution of 5 MP sensor OVS670, angle 69 degrees, f / 2.0 has a mode of applying effects to improve a person in real time, so you can see the stack, before taking a picture.
Expect from a camera in stunning quality m1 note, of course, not worth it. Meizu has raised the bar very high for Chinese manufacturers producing smart phones under their own brands, especially with MX4 and MX4 Pro. Both devices take off very well and now includes the top ten smartphones with a better camera (along with Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Vivo Xshot, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and some other devices). In this case, Meizu m1 note – this is a different level, entry-level smartphone, so that the camera is much easier.
As MX4 Pro, the new Meizu m1 note will go directly to Flyme 4.1, or rather, even with 4.2. Changes in comparison with the “Quartet” is not too much, in the case of the MX4 Pro they can still be seen (the new system an unlock different gestures, etc.), but m1 note – no. However, Flyme 4 – fully completed, both in terms of opportunities, both in terms of design envelope. Beautiful, accurate, simple and at the same time, to the best customizable.
Oddly enough, but the beginning of a presentation is not a story about all of these parameters, and by talking about the support of wireless interfaces. It is the presence of dual-band Wi-FI, Bluetooth 4.0 and a new version of 4G in the company paying the most attention. In Meizu m1 note officially supports FDD-LTE, but used in the Russian frequency FDD-LTE device is not supported, unfortunately.
The smartphone is a tray for two SIM-cards, one slot for GSM, the second for GSM / WCDMA / LTE and data transfer.
Battery capacity in m1 note – 3140 mAh, according to Meizu, that’s enough for a smartphone for two days with active use. How will actually learn when we take the device to the survey.
The company began taking pre-orders for the new Meizu m1 note just an hour after the end of the presentation, and will go on sale December 30 smartphone. Cost – 999 yuan for 16 GB version and 1199 yuan – for 32 GB. It is about 160 and $ 190 respectively. Price in rubles specify, based on the course, this is not too important, but at 55 rubles to the dollar in Russia Meizu m1 note will cost approximately 11 000 and 13 000 rubles for 16 and 32 GB versions. This is a preliminary and very rough information.
In short – at Meizu was very attractive budget smartphone. Compare it with the Xiaomi Hongmi Note directly makes no sense, the latter was introduced in March of this year and in all respects inferior to the new m1 note. Quality display, beautiful and simple shell, high speed (judging by first impressions) – all in the Meizu m1 note at expensive devices and the device inexpensive and will be available in the coming weeks in China and in Russia, most likely, in the middle or end of January.