Meizu today has introduced its most affordable smart phone yet. After having flagship models like the MX4 and MX4 Pro, the aspiring Chinese brand is going for the affordable segment with its new Blue Charm series, which is seen as a challenger to Xiaomi’s Redmi line up.
With the m1 Note taking on big screen devices like the Redmi Note, a smaller compact version is finally here that’s simply called Mei Lan (Blue Charm) or possibly named m1 for international markets. Since it is seen as a smaller brother of the 5.5″ Full HD m1 Note, it gets a similar iPhone 5C-like appearance with a choice of multiple colours.
Spec wise, it edges over Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 in almost every department on paper. The screen is a 5 incher that does 1280×768 and it runs on a 64-bit 1.5GHz Quad-Core MTK MT6732 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. Storage wise it gets a typical 8GB of storage and there’s a microSD slot that accept cards up to 128GB.
Meizu will be announcing a new smart phone tomorrow which will be a smaller version of its affordable m1 Note. If you’re still unconvinced on how it looks like, the VP of Meizu, Li Nan has posted a photo of the device from his Weibo account.
Like previous leaks, the mini version of the m1 Note will come with a similar iPhone 5C-like appearance but it gets a notch down in terms of hardware. From the picture, it uses a standard single LED flash as opposed to a more natural-lit dual-tone LED flash light on its bigger model.
Prefer to get the Meizu MX4 on contract? It is now available exclusively on Digi’s Smart Plan contract offering. The 32GB version which retails for RM1,299 can be yours from as low as RM429. At the moment only the grey colour version is available.
The Meizu MX4 32GB bundled pricing are as follows:
DG SmartPlan 78 – RM869
DG SmartPlan 108 – RM629
DG SmartPlan 148 – RM429
All plans are tied with 24 months contract and during sign up, you’ll need to pay an advance payment between RM360 to RM800 (depending on plan), along with 1 month advance subscription fee. The advance payment will be waived if you’ve been an active Digi postpaid subscriber for at least 12 months.
To recap on the specs, the Meizu MX4 is 4G LTE enabled smart phone with a 5.36″ Full HD 1080p display and it runs on a 2.2GHz MediaTek Octa-Core MT6595 processor with 2GB of RAM. It also gets a 20.7MP Sony BSI main camera and a front facing 2MP unit. Powering the device is a 3,100mAh capacity battery that’s also sourced from Sony. Out of the box, it runs on their customised Flyme 4.0 OS that’s based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
For more information, head over to Digi’s Meizu MX4 page.
With the Meizu m1 Note competing directly with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note, the Chinese smart phone brand is about to release another affordable device which will complete directly with the Redmi 2. Possibly called as the m1 mini, it will carry an even lower price tag to fill the space underneath its m1 Note phablet.
The m1 mini is said to be having a smaller 5″ display with a decent HD 720p resolution and it is powered by a cost effective 64-bit MediaTek processor. 4G LTE with dual-SIM support should be present as well. Out of the box, it would run on Flyme OS, its own customised Android experience. Currently the Redmi 2 is priced at 699 CNY (about RM408) and the m1 mini could be announced at an even lower price. During the launch of the MX4, Meizu says they will be bringing 2 affordable devices into the Malaysia and the new m1 note and m1 mini should be making its way here soon.
Meizu, the latest Chinese smart phone brand to enter Malaysia is about to release its latest flagship phablet very soon. Its 5.5″ Meizu MX4 Pro with a Quad HD display has just passed SIRIM certification.
The MX4 Pro phablet will go head on with the current flagship phablets like the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4 and the recently announced Mi Note Pro. While the exterior remains unchanged from its current MX4, it gets a couple of improvements underneath. The MX4 Pro runs on Samsung’s Exynos 5430 Octa-Core processor (4X Cortex A15 @ 2.0GHz + 4X Cortex A7 @ 1.5GHz), the same that’s powering the Galaxy Alpha and it is mated to 3GB of RAM. Storage wise, you have an option of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity, which unfortunately isn’t expandable.
It also gets a 20.7MP 1/2.3″ camera with dual-tone LED flash while selfies are taken by its higher 5MP front camera. Keeping the lights on is a 3,350mAh capacity battery which is 250mAh more than its current 5.36″ MX4. For an added touch of security and convenience, it also features a high resolution fingerprint scanner that claims to unlock in just 0.5 seconds. Like the MX4, the MX4 Pro supports dual-band 4G LTE in both FDD and TDD standards. Out of the box, it runs on their propriety Flyme 4.0 OS that’s based on Android 4.4.
The recently announced Meizu m1 Note is creating a stir with its impressive offering at an incredible low price. In China, it is offered at about RM562 for its 16GB and RM674 for the larger 32GB model. This model is gunning for the affordable phablet segment that’s being undercut by the Redmi Note.
If you think Meizu has gotten a lot of inspiration from Apple, wait until you see the actual hands-on of the m1 Note. Not surprisingly it resembles closely with Apple’s “affordable” iPhone 5C with its colourful plastic backing.
Meizu is finally offering the Meizu MX4 with a larger 32GB capacity in Malaysia beginning 30th December 2014. As shared earlier, it will be priced at RM1,299, which is RM200 more than its 16GB equivalent at RM1,099. In terms of colours, it will be available only in Gold and Grey, which can be ordered through Lazada Malaysia.
To recap on the specs, the Meizu MX4 is 4G LTE enabled smart phone that offers a 5.36″ Full HD 1080p display that’s toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. Underneath it runs on a 2.2GHz MediaTek Octa-Core MT6595 processor with 2GB of RAM. On the software side of things, it runs on their Flyme 4.0 OS that’s based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
In terms of design, the Meizu MX4 looks pretty sleek with a metallic frame and it gets a removable back cover that gives you access only to its micro-SIM slot. There’s no expandable microSD slot and the Sony-sourced 3,100mAh battery is not user-replaceable. For taking pictures, it gets a large 20.7MP BSI shooter from Sony and it is assisted with a dual-tone LED flash light. The front however settles for a 2MP shooter.
After this, we can also expect Malaysian distributor Blue Kor to bring in its larger MX4 Pro phablet that is priced from about RM1,400. Also coming in is their budget friendly m1 Note that could give the Xiaomi Redmi Note some serious challenge with its Full HD display and 4G LTE connectivity for less than RM700.
The Chinese are at it again. With Xiaomi getting all the attention for disrupting the market, Meizu wants to make a name of its own. After introducing flagship devices like the MX4 and MX4 Pro, Meizu has introduced an affordable “Blue Charm” m1 Note smart phone that’s priced under RM700.
Like the name suggests, the m1 Note has a large 5.5″ display that pushes a flagship class Full HD resolution. This is probably the best smart phone display in this price range. Underneath, it runs on a 64-bit 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6752 processor that’s mated to 2GB of LP-DDR3 RAM. Storage wise you have a choice of either 16GB or 32GB capacity, but it lacks a microSD expansion slot. Unlike the MX4 which comes with a removable cover, the m1 Note comes in a single unibody design and the SIM card is inserted through a flush tray at the side.
If you think the MX4 and the MX4 Pro looks like an iPhone 6/6 Plus, the m1 Note appears to be heavily inspired by the iPhone 5C. This is more apparent with its wide choice of colours. On the software side of things, it runs on their customised Flyme 4.0 OS which is based on Android 4.4.
Meizu will be announcing its affordable smart phones that would go head on with the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi series. It will be announced at their upcoming “No Blue” event that’s taking place next Tuesday. For those who are curious, we now have an early peek of what may look like thanks to a couple of leaked shots.
The upcoming Blue Charm smart phone (aka Meizu K52) is said to come in 2 sizes – 4.7″ and 5.5″ which is similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both will be having Full HD resolution and the smaller 4.7″ model could be priced at 799 CNY (about RM447). If the pricing is true, this is possibly the most affordable new smart phone with a Full HD display.
Meizu has released a new Flyme OS software update to MX4 users in Malaysia which can be downloaded right now. Carrying the version number 126.96.36.199I, it offers a long list of bug fixes and improvements covering audio, camera WiFi, touch screen, GPS and battery life.
We’ve just started using the MX4 extensively this week and one of bigger issues plaguing our unit is its touch screen display. Sometimes the screen loses its multi-touch capabilities and it reacts strangely when you try to swipe or pinch to zoom. The only solution is to restart your phone. Hopefully the new update would fix this since it lists “Fix the occasional malfunction of the touch screen” in its change log.
To update your MX4, you can head over to Tools (folder) > Upgrade. It is advisable to use WiFi as the update is 638.6MB in size. Head after the break for the full Flyme OS 188.8.131.52I changelog.