China’s leading smartphone maker Meizu launched its new phone the M3 Note in Beijing on Wednesday.
“This could be the best RMB 1,000 (USD 154) smartphone in China,” Bai Yongxiang, Meizu’s president, said at the conference.
The metal body M3 Note has a 5.5-inch 2.5D screen, with a resolution of 1080P, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a luminance of 450 nits. It has a 13 megapixel back-facing camera and a five megapixel front-facing camera. Its finger scanner on the home key is equipped with mBack interactive technology and has a response time of 0.2 second.
Bai claims that Meizu developed the first Android phone with a finger scanner on the front, the Meizu MX4 Pro. Many other phone makers have copied this technology. He claims that with mBack technology, the interactive experience will be a bit better than Apple phones.
The phone uses a Helio P10 processor with a Mali T860 GPU. According to Bai, this processor not only performs 39% better than its predecessor, but is also known for power saving.
“Personally, I like the M3 Note very much. One reason is that I can use it for at least two days on one charge,” said Bai.
Besides its power-saving processor, the phone also has a 4100 mAH battery. Bai said this is the highest capacity battery that has ever been used in a Meizu phone. The company has also optimized its phone operating system Flyme to save more power. It claims to be able to last 16 days on standby and have enough power for 32 hours of calling.
The M3 Note is offered in two versions: one has 2GB of internal memory plus 16GB of flash memory and sells for RMB 799. The other version has 3GB of memory plus 32GB of flash memory, and sells for RMB 999. A gold version is also available, which is rare for a phone at this price, according to Bai.
The M3 Note can be pre-ordered via various online channels including Meizu’s official website and China’s leading online shopping platform JD.com. They will launch on both online and offline channels on April 11.
The M3 Note is the newest product in Meizu’s Meilan smartphone series. Bai announced at the launch that over 20 million Meilan phones have been sold since December 2014.
Meizu also announced the EP51, a Bluetooth headset, for RMB 269.
(Top photo is screenshot from Meizu.com)