First impressions of Meizu m2 – the budget segment is nothing like it was a couple of years ago

Meizu m2 note managed to attract a lot of users thanks to the combination of impressive specs and decent price. Due to its great success, Meizu is now offering a new model offering similar specs, but at an even lower price. The device we’re talking about is Meizu m2 and we’ve already started working on our full in-depth review of the phone.

However, before we’re finished with our tests, we’d like to share our first impressions of the model and if you find it interesting you can check its price and availability at the following link: Amazon.com

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As soon as we got our hands on the device we were impressed by how light it is, which was more or less expected since its weight is only 131 grams. It has a plastic construction but is very pleasant to touch. The rear side of the phone is glossy with slightly curved edges aiding for a better and more secure grip. We didn’t notice the surface being a fingerprint magnet, or at least on the version we’re testing (the white one). Perhaps it may attract some, which are only visible from a certain angle but we don’t consider that as an issue. The rear cover isn’t removable, meaning you don’t have any access to the battery. The SIM card slot is located on the side of the phone and it is accessible with the usual pin for unlocking the SIM card tray. The volume rocker and power button are slightly protruding and are the same color as the device. They are easy to find and comfortable to press.

Another important thing we should note about the design of m2 is the presence of a physical home button, which also acts as a back button (depending on how you press it). This is a common feature among Meizu devices. The multitasking button is replaced by a gesture – swiping your finger in an upward fashion. As you’ve probably figured out by now, the three classic Android navigation buttons are missing. However, it doesn’t take a lot of time to get used to.

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Another feature of Meizu devices is the Flyme user interface that brings some significant changes to the classic Android 5.1 OS version, which the phone runs on. The icons and menus are completely changed and there are a couple of software features added to the OS. Going around the menus smooth and we didn’t detect any lag. This is due to the 2GB of RAM and MediaTek MT6735A SoC with Mali-T720MP2 GPU of the phone. We’re eager to see how they’ll perform in our test. We also have high hopes for the 2500 mAh battery, which we still haven’t tested, but judging by our experience with the phone so far, we think it will perform great. Last, but not least, we’d like to address the phone’s 13MP rear camera. We’re preparing a dedicated article with some sample shots, but for now, we are only going to say that the photo quality and available shooting modes and settings are typical for higher class devices. Also, Meizu m2 has a 16GB internal memory and can be expanded using a microSD card.

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Specs sheet


OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
CPU MediaTek MT6735A (4-core, 1.30GHz, Cortex-A53)
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
GPU Mali-T720MP2
Display 5-inch IPS capacitive multitouch screen with Asahi Dragontrail Glass and 720 x 1280 resolution
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS
Cameras 13MP with autofocus and LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)
Features
  • Dual SIM card smartphone (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • microSD memory card slot, supports up to 128GB (uses the second SIM card slot)
  • microUSB v2.0 port
  • built-in speaker
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • camera with geo-tagging, touch to focus, face recognition
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
Battery 2500 mAh
Dimensions 68.9 x 140.1 x 8.7 mm
Weight 131 grams

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