Meizu has launched the M5 smartphone in China. The budget handset has been made available in two RAM/ storage bundles, and the 2GB RAM/16GB storage variant is priced at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,900), while the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,900). The big highlights of the smartphone are that it offers VoLTE support, hybrid dual-SIM slot, octa-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera at this price range.
Meizu M5 specifications
The Meizu M5 features dimensions of 147.28×72.8x8mm, and weighs 138 grams. The smartphone features 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a 282ppi. Under the hood is a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor (four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 + four 1GHz Cortex-A53) paired with Mali T860 GP. The 16GB and 32GB storage options can be further expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
On the photography front, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and 5P Lens. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 4P Lens for selfies. The device is armed with a 3,070mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough to offer 66 hours of music playback.
On the connectivity front, the smartphone comes with hybrid dual-SIM slot, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS/ A-GPS support. Talking about the software, Meizu M5 runs Yun OS 5.1 with FlyMe UI 5.5 layered on top which means the company has ditched stock Android, so one of the main drawbacks will be that users won’t be able to access the Google Play Store.
In comparison, the Meizu m3 flaunts a 5-inch HD (720p) display with 2.5D curved glass. At the heart of the m3 is a MediaTek MT6750 64-bit octa-core processor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Armed with a 2,870mAh battery, it features a hybrid dual-SIM card setup with 4G LTE connectivity and VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11n and GPS. On the software front, the Meizu m3 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 wrapped under Flyme OS 5.1.
If the Meizu M5 were to launch in India, the smartphone will compete against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 3s and Lenovo Vibe K5 among others. The Redmi 3s is powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, features a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, LED flash and full HD video recording, along with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Armed with a 4,100mAh battery, the smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box. The Lenovo Vibe K5, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 415 octa-core processor, features a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. It is armed with a 2,750mAh battery and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS out-of-the-box.