Meizu is a company that has found a lot of success in its native China – the previous M1 Note has sold over 500 million units since its launch – and it now has its sights firmly on making it big in the West, and it’s pinning its hopes on the newly launched Meizu M2 note. Hoping to break out of China and gain recognition in the rest of the world like compatriots Huawei, ZTE and One-Plus is an understandable aim, and Meizu is relying on a potent mix of impressive specs and a low price to catch the eye of Western consumers.
Could the Meizu M2 Note be the handset to change the company’s fortunes outside of its homeland? It’s not quite as exciting as its flagship MX4 and MX4 Pro, but it offers some very compelling features and specs for the price – and also some pretty interesting innovations as well. Regardless of price, the Meizu M2 Note is a rather attractively designed handset, and at first glance reminds me a bit of the iPhone 3G, with the rounded back and edges, along with a rather minimalist front. The phone runs on the Android operating system, which is currently the most popular platform on the market. The phone runs on Android 5.0 which is the newest version available.
The M2 Note has a 5.5 inch screen, placing it on the larger end of smartphone screens. Because its screen is over 5.3 inches, this phone also qualifies as a phablet. This also means that for most users, the phone will be difficult to use with one hand when compared to phones with smaller screens.The screen has a resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, making it a 1080p HD screen. Screen sharpness can be measured in the density of pixels per square inch of screen, and at 403 PPI, it’s 73% sharper than an average screen.
One design aspect that does take a little getting used to is that the power and volume buttons are located on the left-hand side of the body – a common design choice in China that could baffle our Western hands for the first few days of using the M2 Note.
If you’re one of those left handed people that’s afflicted with having to use the wrong hand when writing, then you’ll probably quite like the placement of buttons here. Everything else is roughly where you’d expect them, with a headphone port at the top and a micro USB port on the bottom. On the right-hand side of the body is a singular try which when removed allows you to add two SIM cards, or a SIM card and a micro-SD card up to 128-GB. It’s a nice system that keeps the body of the device looking uncluttered, though some people might not be too happy about sacrificing a SIM card to expand the memory. The oval home button located at the bottom bezel underneath the screen not only again reminds you of an Apple device, but it comes with some pretty interesting innovations, with Meizu describing the home button itself as ‘subversive’.
Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait.