When we found out that Novo7 Tech, the exclusive distributor of Meizu’s smartphone in the Philippines, will be bringing the newly announced Meizu M2 Note to our shores via online store Lazada, we are definitely excited about it. The M2 Note is an improvement of last year’s M1 Note especially not it has memory expansion via MicroSD.
- 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
What’s inside the box?
- unit itself
- Novo7 Tech warranty card
- USB cable
- wall adapter
Before we share our first impressions with the M2 Note, we would like to say that our unboxing experience is superb. This lovely Meizu box feels like unboxing an expensive perfume. 🙂
Anyway, just like any Meizu smartphones we’ve seen, the M2 Note looks a lot like the old Apple iPhone 3Gs. The only difference between the older M1 Note and this new model is the newly designed home button. It is quite thinner, shorter and lighter than the smartphone we currently use, the Huawei Honor 4X.
Now let’s check button and port placements – 3.5 mm headset jack on top, volume rocker and power lock button on the left, sim card/microSD tray on the right, speaker grill and USB charging port at the buttom and 13 megapixel camera with Meizu branding at the back.
We had the device for around 12 hours now as of this writing so, technically, this is our first time to unbox and review a Meizu smartphone. There’s still difference when you get a short hands on and an actual unit in your hands for a long time.
For those who might be asking, it does not come with Chinese bloatwares just like we saw on Android Authority’s review of the Meizu M2 Note. When we turned on the device, we only saw a few apps like Calendar, Calculator, Meizu’s own App store and the Google Play Store. When you buy this, you’ll install everything even Google apps that are usually pre-installed on other devices.
Meizu’s Flyme UI will take some time for you of getting used to. The appearance of icons, menus and settings looks like iOS but not by much. Operation is smooth and navigating through the menus, settings and apps is a breeze.
We are so far impressed on what we’ve seen here with the device. We will be using the M2 Note for a week or two as our daily driver. 🙂