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MEIZU is a company that has been around for a while, but only now the smartphone manufacturer gets renown due to its high-end handsets with a reasonable price tag. Indeed, if you visit MEIZU’s official website, you will see only a few smartphones in their portfolio, but despite that you will easily like one of them because of the feature-rich Flyme OS that comes pre-installed with all devices and low price.

The one we are going to review here is the MEIZU m1 note smartphone which is the biggest one along with MX4 Pro with display diagonal of 5.5″. This phablet isn’t marketed as a flagship, but we cannot say for sure that it’s a mid-ranger either. Spec-wise the smartphone can easily compete with flagships from last year or from 2013. However, we are eager to see what this device has to offer at this price range because everything looks just awesome on paper. Continue reading as we are going to assess every aspect of the handset – display quality, battery life, performance, software features, camera performance and more.

Contents


Video review

Retail package

The handset comes in a big white box containing all the usual user manuals, pin for extracting the double SIM-card slot, a USB cable, and AC charger.

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M1 Note charger

Design and construction

At this price range we doubt that we are going to be impressed with the build quality, but on the contrary, this device actually is really well-built except the fact that premium materials are out of the equation. It’s entirely made of glossy plastic that kind of reminds us of the good old Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 (both former flagships from Samsung). Still, it’s important to note that we are talking about a smartphone placed in the mid-range class so let’s not get too picky.

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Let’s start with the glossy plastic back of the phone which accommodates the 13MP sensor, the dual-tone LED flash and MEIZU’s logo on the bottom. Furthermore, the back side of the phone is a bit curved at the edges so you can easily hold the phone when using it with only one hand. This really improves the grip especially considering the 5.5-inch display. We can even say that it resembles a bit the iPhone 5c when it comes to the curved edges.

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Speaking of which, the left side of the phone contains the volume rocker, the right side has the double SIM-card slot while the micro-USB port, loudspeaker, and the main microphone are on the bottom. Again, a strong resemblance to the iPhone 5c. The top side of the device, you will find the power button, secondary microphone and 3.5 mm jack for headphones. Due to the size of the smartphone, the positioning of the power button seems a bit odd or even uncomfortable, but thankfully MEIZU has added tons of useful gestures to turn on the display so probably you will not use the power key at all. More on that later in the “Software” section of the review.

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The front panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which should protect your smartphone from light drops and scratches, but don’t think that the glass is unbreakable as it will shatter just like every other smartphone without the proper protection. At the top you will find the front-facing 5MP shooter, the light and proximity sensors and at the bottom is located the home button. It’s a touch capacitive LED backlit circle with more than one functionality. The bezels around the screen are relatively thin and compared to the ones on the LG G3, m1 note’s are a tad thicker. Nevertheless, the 5.5-inch device is quite easy to hold with one hand and operate with one thumb.

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After all, we were quite pleased with the build quality since we didn’t find any irregularities, gaps, dents or anything that shouldn’t be there. The back of the phone uses glossy plastic that makes it a bit slippery but at the same time the curved edges improve the grip. It’s quite light for a phablet – 145 g with 8.9 mm thickness makes you wonder how MEIZU managed to cram up that 3140 mAh battery.

Display and sound

MEIZU uses either AUO or Sharp as main supplier for its displays, because only handful of manufacturers have the rights to the so-called IGZO technology. Speaking of which, you can check the Aspire S7’s review, more precisely the “Display” section, as we introduced the technology briefly. However, this isn’t the only cool feature about the smartphones display. It has GFF full lamination and Panel Self Refresh (PSR) technology. The first one significantly increases readability under direct sunlight and turns up the maximum brightness. The second one is more power-efficiency oriented. The PSR technology cuts the connection between the video processor and the panel itself in order to save power. Why is that? Well, when viewing your screen the video processor refreshes the image at least 60 times per second, if it supports 60Hz refresh rate, of course. But when the image is still there is no need of that kind of refresh rate and it leads to unnecessary power consumption.

However, let’s get to the usual part where we test the display’s properties. The panel presented here measures at 5.5″ with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio. Also, the space between each pixel is 0.063 x 0.063 mm making up for pixel density of 403 PPI (pixels per inch). The screen becomes “Retina” when viewed from at least 23 cm.

You can see the screen under microscope on white background.

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Viewing angles are also excellent.

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The maximum brightness we were able to record is 500 cd/m2 making up for excellent visibility outdoors. The contrast is also high enough – 1040:1.

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Color gamut coverage (CIE)

MEIZU m1 note covers 92% of the sRGB and 71% of the Adobe RGB color gamuts.

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The gamma (tone response curve) aligns to the optimal one.

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Color reproduction

The color accuracy is more than acceptable and the average DeltaE 2000 at maximum brightness is 3.15.

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You can see how each color is reproduced by the display on the color map below.

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Pulse-width modulation (PWM, Screen flickering)

MEIZU m1 note’s display is absolutely harmless to human vision and it’s quite unlikely to lead to eye fatigue.

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Gaming capabilities (Response time)

We recorded the refresh time of the pixels from black to white and white to black for 10 to 90%. So we were able to measure Fall Time + Rise Time = 20 ms, which is good enough for you to not notice any screen tearing or lag.

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Conclusion

There isn’t much we can say about the display except that it’s just flawless. It has high resolution, high contrast ratio, high maximum brightness, high sRGB color gamut coverage, and accurate color reproduction. It’s also user-friendly with no harm to human vision and it’s energy efficient due to the implemented IGZO technology and PSR technology.

Display comparison

If we assume a distance of 38cm (~15 in) between the human eye and the smartphone’s display to be optimal, then normal (20/20) vision would require a pixel density of at least 230ppi in order to interpret an image as perfectly detailed.

Smartphones Results (ppi) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorrila Glass 3 400.53 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 441 10.1 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 5-inch, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 293.72 – 26.67 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 440.58 10 % Check price

Higher panel brightness is of key importance for visual comfort when working outside or in a brightly lit room.

Smartphones Results (cd/m2) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorrila Glass 3 500 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 315 – 37 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 5-inch, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 349 – 30.2 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 558 11.6 % Check price

Delta E (CIE 2000) is a CIE measurement unit of color difference. Higher values indicate that the display produces less accurate colors. (lower results are desirable).

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
MEIZU m1 note 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorrila Glass 3 3.15 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 1.77 43.81 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 5-inch, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 1.43 54.6 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 3.86 – 22.54 % Check price

The coverage of the sRGB color gamut, introduced as a standard for the Web, shows the percentage of colors used on the Web that can be displayed on the screen of the device being tested (higher values are better).

Smartphones Results (%) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorrila Glass 3 92 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 94 2.17 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 5-inch, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 91 – 1.09 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 5-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 100 8.7 % Check price

Sound

We aren’t pleased with the sound quality of the loudspeakers from 3 kHz to 12 kHz and it’s quite easy to hear it. We’ve seen some better results.

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Battery life

We are pretty sure that the smartphone will excel in this department because it has energy-efficient Full HD IGZO panel with PSR technology and the huge capacity of the battery – 3140 mAh. Of course, we can’t be entirely sure, so we ran the usual tests like web browsing, video playback, gaming and talk time. All tests share the same conditions – Wi-Fi is on, Bluetooth is off, GPS is off and screen brightness is set to 120 cd/m2 because this will assure comfortable reading conditions.

In this test the screen doesn’t affect the battery life, since the proximity sensor turns it off during phone calls.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 3140 mAh, 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, MediaTek MT6752 893 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 565 – 36.73 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 707 – 20.83 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 2900 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 1053 17.92 % Check price

We run our Web surfing test with a custom-made script, which browses through 70 popular web pages.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 3140 mAh, 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, MediaTek MT6752 630 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 447 – 29.05 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 479 – 23.97 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 2900 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 627 – 0.48 % Check price

This test uses the same custom-made script, but we use 3G connection instead of Wi-Fi.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 3140 mAh, 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, MediaTek MT6752 556 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 281 – 49.46 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 332 – 40.29 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 2900 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 434 – 21.94 % Check price

For this test we use a looping 720p movie.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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MEIZU m1 note 3140 mAh, 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, MediaTek MT6752 631 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 414 – 34.39 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 417 – 33.91 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 2900 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 647 2.54 % Check price

In order to simulate 3D gaming, we use Epic Citadel cycles at High Quality setting.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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Price
MEIZU m1 note 3140 mAh, 5.5-inch, IPS, IGZO, MediaTek MT6752 300 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 143 – 52.33 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 235 – 21.67 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot 2900 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) 214 – 28.67 % Check price

Specs sheet

The specs listed here refer to this particular model, and configurations may differ depending on your region.

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Operating system Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) + Flyme UI
CPU MediaTek MT6752 (8-core, 1.70GHz, Cortex-A53, 64-bit)
RAM 2GB RAM
Storage 16GB flash memory
GPU Mali-T760
Display 5.5-inch IGZO + PSR technology, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, FHD resolution (1920×1080)
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS
Cameras 13MP with autofocus, dual-tone LED flash + 5MP front-facing camera
Features Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, e-compass
Battery 3140 mAh
Dimensions (W/H/D) 75.2 x 150.7 x 8.9 mm
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)

Software

The MEIZU m1 note comes with pre-installed Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MEIZU’s user interface – Flyme. We must say, we fell in love with the user experience the second we turned on the device. It’s simple, it’s clean and it’s extremely easy to use. You are presented with customizable starting screens without the usual app drawer – something we saw in the Vibe UI from Lenovo and quite similar to the iOS from Apple. You can still arrange your apps in folders and add widgets, though. The icons are maybe too big for our taste, but offer more stylish and flat design than the stock icons on every other Android device.

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Aside from the simple user experience, the device offers deep customization in almost every aspect of the OS. The settings section is something similar to the Magazine UX that has been introduced by Samsung on their tablets or at least the concept is really alike. It’s easy to navigate through and the icons on the left can be expanded so you can see which section contains what. The display section offers customization like color temperature (something you don’t see on every Android device) and all the usual settings from screen timeout to brightness level. However, we couldn’t get a hold of the screen brightness settings as sometimes the screen appeared to be too bright for the surrounding light.

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Under accessibility section, can be found a long list of supported gestures that can wake up the screen. There is the good old double tap gesture, you can also just swipe up or swipe down to open the notification bar from turned off screen. Furthermore, you can activate tons of other gestures which will launch directly an app of your choice making it really easy and fast to use without the need to enter your home screen. We were also pleased with the responsiveness of the panel. The home button on the other hand, can be used not only for going back to the home screen, but swiping up will take you back, just like the “back” button. Holding it will also instantly lock your phone – really well implemented.

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Along with all of these functions, there are three other modes which will preserve your battery or boost your performance if needed. Under battery section, you can choose from “Power saver”, “Balanced” and “High performance”. Another interesting thing is the keyboard which will leave you confused at first with all the options and features that has to offer. MEIZU calls this keyboard TouchPal X and you can personalize the height, width and the position of the keyboard with ease. The usual swipe input is also supported, but the thing that caught our attention was the so-called “Wave sentence input”. It’s simple to use and it learns from your style of writing. You can begin with one word and then other word suggestions will dynamically appear on the keyboard so you just have to draw them to the spacebar and then voila – your sentence is ready. The TouchPal X also offers theme customization which can be found from the official store or you can make your own one with a background photo.

Unfortunately, we didn’t like everything about the device. For instance, there is an entire row at the bottom for the “Back” button which takes a lot of space, it’s not aligned to the home button (and it can’t be due to the design limitations) and this makes it more awkward to use. You can choose to hide it from the settings and use only the swiping gesture of the home button, but not all apps support this feature. Not to mention that you have to swipe from the bottom edge of the screen to enter the recent app menu. We are all used to having a dedicated button for that and we didn’t like the change. However, some of you might find it even better – it probably takes some more time to adjust. These might seem small drawbacks, but they are essential to the user experience, because the “Back” button, the “Home” button and the recent app menu are in the roots of navigation and usability.

Performance

Despite the fact that this device runs MediaTek SoC, we were actually really surprised with the performance. From user’s standpoint, we can give a positive opinion on the matter as the device didn’t stutter, hang or lag even for a second. Everything ran smoothly like a butter and animations were awesome without any delay. Nevertheless, we need to get a bit technical here. The MediaTek MT6752 is an octa-core 64-bit CPU based on ARM Cortex-A53 architecture paired with ARM Mali-T760 GPU. All results from the benchmarks can be seen below.

CPU

Geekbench 3.0 is Primate Labs cross-platform processor benchmark which simulates real-world scenarios and gives a combined score, based on the results of integer, floating point and memory performance.

Smartphones Results Result
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MEIZU m1 note MediaTek MT6752 (8-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 2GB RAM 3142 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 2GB RAM 2249 – 28.42 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 1158 – 63.14 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 3GB RAM 2357 – 24.98 % Check price

Metal 3 is the latest version of Vellamo’s CPU benchmark.

Smartphones Results Result
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MEIZU m1 note MediaTek MT6752 (8-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 2GB RAM 1041 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 2GB RAM 984 – 5.48 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 627 – 39.77 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 3GB RAM 1121 7.68 % Check price

Vellamo 2 Metal measures the CPU subsystem performance of mobile processors.

Smartphones Results Result
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MEIZU m1 note MediaTek MT6752 (8-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 2GB RAM 862 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 2GB RAM 813 – 5.68 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 514 – 40.37 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz), 3GB RAM 853 – 1.04 % Check price

GPU

The T-Rex 2.7 test is based on ES 2.0/GL 3.0 and includes highly detailed textures, materials, complex geometry, particles with animated textures and a post-process motion blur effect. The graphics pipeline also features planar reflections, specular highlights and soft-shadows.

Smartphones Results Result
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MEIZU m1 note MediaTek MT6752; GPU: Mali-T760, 0.7 GHz ; 2GB RAM 16 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939); GPU: Adreno 405, 0.55 GHz ; 2GB RAM 15 – 6.25 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226); GPU: Adreno 305, 0.45 GHz ; 1GB RAM 5.8 – 63.75 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939); GPU: Adreno 405, 0.55 GHz ; 3GB RAM 15 – 6.25 % Check price

The Manhattan 3.0 test is based on ES 3.0 / GL 4.1 and uses deferred rendering and multi-render target (MRT) for the geometry pass, diffuse and specular lightning. It also features complex effects such as depth shadow map, cloaking effect, post-process effects (bloom, depth of field), occlusion query and animated volumetric light shafts.

Smartphones Results Result
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MEIZU m1 note MediaTek MT6752; GPU: Mali-T760, 0.7 GHz ; 2GB RAM 5.8 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939); GPU: Adreno 405, 0.55 GHz ; 2GB RAM 5.6 – 3.45 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226); GPU: Adreno 305, 0.45 GHz ; 1GB RAM 0 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939); GPU: Adreno 405, 0.55 GHz ; 3GB RAM 5.9 1.72 % Check price

In this test, 3DMark’s Unlimited engine uses a fixed frame interval and renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device. The frames are rendered in 720p “offscreen” while the display is updated with small frame thumbnails every 100 frames to indicate progress.

Smartphones Results Result
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MEIZU m1 note MediaTek MT6752; GPU: Mali-T760, 0.7 GHz ; 2GB RAM 10633 0 % Check price
GSmart Guru GX Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939); GPU: Adreno 405, 0.55 GHz ; 2GB RAM 7405 – 30.36 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226); GPU: Adreno 305, 0.45 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4659 – 56.18 % Check price
Lenovo Vibe Shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939); GPU: Adreno 405, 0.55 GHz ; 3GB RAM 7747 – 27.14 % Check price

Camera

The camera used for the MEIZU m1 note is 13MP (4208×3120) and it has dual-tone LED flash on the back. It uses Samsung sensor 1/3.06″ with pixels as big as 1.12 μm and aperture f/2.2. Also, MEIZU has put Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the lens to prevent unwanted scratches.

Resolution

We measure the resolution of the sensor in lph (lines per high) which is determined by the sensor and the matrix thanks to the ISO 12233 table below.

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The camera was able to go up to 2360 lph in the center of the image and this can be considered as a good result.

Using our test composition, we can gain a subjective but fairly accurate view of the resolution, sharpness, color noise and chromatic aberrations.

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The text is readable and you can barely see the JPG compression.

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Color noise and aberrations

No chromatic aberrations are seen.

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The noise level is low and the dark parts of the image are well exposed.

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Color reproduction

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Blue very good
Green very good
Red satisfying
Yellow very good
Magenta good
Cyan very good
White very good
Gray very good

Our rating is 6.6/10.

You can see the difference between the sample and the result on the color map below

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Additional features

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You can manually choos the exposure in different areas of the image.

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Conclusion

MEIZU m1 note’s camera has a high-resolution sensor capable of accurate color reproduction and the software features offer deep customization options. We can easily say that the camera can be compared to some of the flagships out there.

Sample photos

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Panorama

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Video recording

Verdict

This maybe is by far one of the best mid-range devices on the market. It packs impressive specs and maintains low price tag. The build quality is what you’d expect from a smartphone in this class and brings a bit more to the table – Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the screen and camera lens. The plastic used for the handset is glossy and a bit slippery, but it somehow feels really comfortable in hand, especially when you consider the thin bezels around the screen. Speaking of which, don’t bee fooled by the 5.5-inch diagonal, it’s smaller than it looks and you will notice it the second you get the phone in your hand.

Spec-wise the handset offers powerful SoC paired with the right amount of RAM and capable GPU, flawless screen with great color reproduction, high brightness and it’s energy efficient. You can see that from the battery tests we’ve performed, so you will get at least two days of battery life depending on your personal usage. Furthermore, we aren’t keen on the various user interfaces manufacturers offer, but MEIZU has done a pretty good job here. The Flyme OS has tons of features at your disposal and the user experience is simple and clean as it gets. Maybe our only complaint on the device is that the device doesn’t support external SD card and you are stuck with the internal 16GB flash storage. Some of you might see this as quite limiting.

The bottom line is that you can’t really find a mid-ranger that excels in so many departments – big diagonal, battery life, screen quality, performance, software features, usability, and camera performance. MEIZU has clearly set a new standard in this segment.

Pros

  • Flawless IGZO IPS screen with PSR technology
  • Huge battery with great performance
  • Good SoC performance
  • Excellent Flyme UI with tons of features
  • Great camera quality
  • Supports daul LTE SIM cards

Cons

  • The smartphone doesn’t support external SD card

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