Meizu M3 Note Review: Great Design & Low Performance

Meizu company has released the next M series smartphone, M3 Note with an iconic iPhone like design and good configuration. Those who dream of having an iPhone should take a look at this smartphone. Because it can fill your appetite of having an Apple (apple like) device in hand.

Meizu had got some bad reviews so far on the internet regarding the performance. The chipset is a good gig on the paper, but let’s see what it has got and why it is getting so many negative reviews.


Meizu M3 Note is out standing in its design. It has the closest design phone to the iPhone 6 among all the devices that were released with the similarity. The curves, the buttons and the back panel makes M3 Note quite a beauty.


The only thing that it differs from the iPhone design is that the position of the back camera and dual tone flash. Even the metal alloy used is the 6000 aluminum alloy that is used in making the iPhone’s body.

The size wise, the M3 Note weighs 163gms which is better than the last year’s Zenfone 2 series smartphones and wears a 8.2mm thick body from the side.

Impressions: I, as an Apple iPhone’s design lover, extremely satisfied with the Meizu’s design and curvatures.


Meizu packed M3 Note with 1080p 5.5 inch screen that can render 403ppi with 1000:1 contrast ratio. The screen is protected by Dinorex T2X-1 Glass from scratches. So, there is no need of worrying about scratches. It uses the LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon) technology to save more power and gives more screen-on time.


Impressions: The display is very good and sharp. It will make a good device for multimedia users in case of screen quality.


This device is powered with MediaTek Helio P10 Premium Octa-core processor coupled with 2GB/3GB RAM as optional. The duo is powered with Mali-T860 64-bit GPU. The mTouch 2.1 sensor with Flyme Assistive Touch technology gives the user a brand new convenient experience. The whole hardware runs on Flyme OS 5.1 which is based on the Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system.


Impressions: The on-paper specifications are very good but the performance in terms of gaming and multitasking really sucks. It gets stuck in every high-end game even with medium graphics settings.


M3 note comes in two memory/storage versions. The 2GB RAM version comes with 16GB internal memory and the 3GB RAM version with 32GB internal memory. The storage can be expanded using the microSD card (through hybrid SIM slot).

Impressions: Hybrid SIM slots have been a tradition of smartphones these days. So, we can’t blame a single device for this.


Meizu M3 Note comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and 5-element lens accompanied by dual tone flash. The front camera is a 5MP shooter with f/2.0 and 4-element lens.
Impressions: Camera on Meizu is pretty impressive. The tap to focus works great in taking the macro shots with a full clear focus on the subject and blurred background.


M3 Note supports 4G FDD-LTE in both the SIM slots along with the 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM, 4G TD-LTE, and 3G TD-SCDMA.

It has GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Digital compass for location connectivity. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1

Impressions: Connectivity is no new in Meizu M3 compared to other smartphones. Thumbs up for connectivity.


M3 Note has these sensors; Hall magnetic sensor, Gravity sensor, IR proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, Touch sensor, and Digital compass.

Impressions: Good to have all the needed sensors on the device.


Meizu comes with a 4100mAh high capacity battery that can hold the charge up to 2 days ion moderate usage. The LTPS screen technology gives more screen-on time with such a huge battery backup.

Impressions: Great battery backup. Fully satisfied with the battery and price comparison.


+ Great premium design
+ Sharp screen with LTPS
+ Scratch protection
+ Good camera
+ Huge high capacity battery
+ Fingerprint sensor
+ Multipurpose single button (including fingerprint sensor)


- Lags a lot with multitasking and gaming
- Hybrid SIM is always a sacrifice
- Custom Android Flyme OS 5.1 is hard to get used to it


Meizu M3 Note gives a great premium phone (iPhone 6) look in hand. The processor and RAM combo is great and should handle multitasking butter smooth.

Unfortunately, it lags like crazy skipping more number of frames while gaming under both high and moderate graphics settings.

This device is for those who won’t play games on the phone and only for general multitasking (not heavy). This phone can also be considered for those who need longer battery life. The looks when holding it will dominate any other budget smartphone that was released so far.

The Meizu M3 Note is now available at Amazon for Rs.9,999 through flash sale. Follow this link to register for the next flash sale.

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