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Meizu M2 Note Review

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When Meizu launched the M1 Note in December of 2014, it was well received by fans, buyers and tech bloggers but all have one gripe, the lack of expandable storage. Six months after, the Meizu M2 Note has been unveiled and the promised expandable storage is present plus some few improvements and tweaks that you may like or hate. Is it a better choice over the M1 Note or worth getting at all?

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Meizu M2 Note:

  • 1.3 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6753 processor
  • Mali T720 MP3 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 5.5-inch Full HD Sharp IGZO display (1920 x 1080 pixels) 403 ppi
  • Asahi Dragontrail Glass
  • 13 megapixel rear facing Samsung CMOS camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE (now with Global LTE suport), 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,100 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Flyme 4.5 UI
  • Price: P6,990 on Lazada – Buy one
  • Status: Available with limited stocks

Related article – Meizu M2 Note Unboxing and First Impressions

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

The Meizu M2 Note is a beautiful piece of hardware. Looking at the unibody design, the phone looks like its Meizu siblings. Although made entirely of plastic, it feels like holding metal. Build quality is good and very solid. We just find the phone extremely slippery so make sure you buy a case at Novo7 Tech stores.

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The button below the screen acts as a back button and a home button at the same time. Pressing it like a capacitive button will act as a back button and pressing it all the way down with a clicky feel will take you back to the home screen.

DISPLAY:

The 5.5-inch Sharp IGZO display is one of the best displays we’ve seen on a smartphone at this price range. Colors are accurate, great viewing angles and has very powerful brightness output. It even can withstand extreme sunlight outdoors.

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PERFORMANCE:

Compared to its precedessor, the Meizu M2 Note uses a lower power 1.3GHz Octa Core processor. Is there an effect on the performance? It depends. Well, if you are a gamer, graphic intense games will run smoothly here as long as you set phone to “Performance Mode” found on the settings, This will, however, drain your battery faster. If you’re just a regular user, keep it on “Balance Mode” settings. No lags or stutter were encountered during our 1-week review duration.

Flyme UI is Meizu’s own skin on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. It takes some getting used to since Flyme UI eliminates everything you see on stock Android especially when you tweak the settings.

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We had a problem downloading Google Play Games on the phone. As a result, we can’t load up our accounts on Clash of Clans and Dead Trigger 2. So we decided to download other games like Asphalt 8 and Sky Force just to test its gaming prowess. We observed users who posted on Meizu M2 Not group on Facebook and apparently we are not alone in this problem. We are hoping that Meizu can fix this.

UPDATE: Some of our readers has sent us a way to fix this problem. Apparently, Google Play Games is already installed. So go to Settings > Applications and then clear Cache and Data on the Google Play Games app.

If it does not work, you can download Google Play Games via http://apkmirror.com

CAMERA:

Both 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel cameras take pretty good pictures. The camera UI, just like its user interface, takes some getting used to. The 13 megapixel rear shooter has f2.2 aperture which takes in lesser light as compared to  other smartphone with f2.0 aperture. Overall photo quality is good at best when taken in good lighting.

Here are the sample photos we’ve taken:

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Photo taken from the 5 megapixel front facing camera

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CONNECTIVITY:

If you only use one SIM, the SIM 2 slot can be used as a MicroSD slot up to 128GB. But if you have two SIMs you have to do away with the limited 16GB internal memory. We inserted our Smart SIM during our first days of review. We observed that LTE coverage is inconsistent and limited. In an area where there should be LTE coverage on the M2 Note, it is only 3G. We have to restart the phone in order to get an LTE signal. We had no problems with our Globe SIM. Both Globe and Smart have decent LTE speeds.

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We would like to point out that call quality is superb. We never had distortions or dropped calls. Bluetooth and WiFi worked fine too.

BATTERY:

As long as you keep the phone at Balanced Mode, battery drain won’t be a problem. We managed to get around 12 hours of moderate to heavy use with screen on time of 4 hours and 40 minutes which is decent.

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VERDICT:

The Meizu M2 Note should be on smartphone shopping list. At P6,990 you be getting more from what you’ve paid for – Full HD display, good 13 and 5 megapixel camera, octa core processor, good premium build quality, and decent battery life. Meizu M1 Note users need not to upgrade unless having an MicroSD expansion is very important to you.