If you are someone who is planning to get a decent midrange smartphone, you will be really confused. The midrange smartphone segment is filled with a lot of options and you will be spoilt for choice. The recent introductions from Xiaomi, Huawei, Asus, Samsung and some others are providing really awesome specifications without burning a hole in your pocket. The standards of the midrange smartphone have changed a lot – a full HD display, 3GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner, and Android Marshmallow, seems to be the new standard. Meizu is introducing the third iteration of their Note series, the M3 Note which will be launched on May 11th. The phone packs quite a punch, but will it be able to make a mark in the clustered segment.
The Meizu Note series has always made quite an impression with their looks and features. It looks a lot like the iPhone and maybe that is what drives people to buy them. The silver color variant is just so similar to the iPhone that even the buyer might get confused at times. Jokes apart, the Meizu M3 Note is actually a great looking phone. The full aluminum body of the phone is just an amazing work of art. The edges are smooth and perfect and it would be very easy to use. The 5.5inch display comes with a full HD panel and has really thin bezels. Phones without a 1080p display are a no go nowadays because almost all of the phones in this segment do have it.
Meizu Note 3 comes with their very own Flyme OS based on Android Lollipop. This is a disappointment because we are approaching the halfway mark of 2016 and phones are still coming out the Android Lollipop. Meizu may provide a quick upgrade to Android 6.0 soon. The phone comes in two variants, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and the other with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Memory can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD. Under the hood, there is MediaTek Helio P10 chipset, which consists of an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz (average) and the Mali-T860MP2 GPU.
For taking pictures and videos, there is a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The rear camera comes with a dual tone LED flash for natural lighting in low light images. The most innovative feature of this phone is their fingerprint scanner which uses mTouch 2.1 technology. Unlike other smartphones, where the fingerprint scanner can be used to unlock the phone and take pictures, Meizu’s fingerprint scanner can be used for capacitive functions. This might be a problem for users initially, but is a lot easier and intuitive.