Meizu M1 Note AH-5

Meizu M1 Note Is The Best Android Smartphone $200 Can Buy

December 23, 2014 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

We’ve covered the Meizu M1 Note launch in detail already, but there’s more to say about this device. This handset has been rumored for a long time now under the “Blue Charm Note” name, but Meizu decided to name it differently at launch, at least as far as its English name goes. The rumored specifications and the price point seemed hard to believe, but it turns out the rumors were right all along. The 16GB version of this device costs only 999 Yuan ($163), while the 32GB model will set you back 1,199 Yuan should you choose to purchase a copy. If you combine this with the specifications and build quality this phone has to offer, you’ll get the best deal you’ll find for that amount of money, at least in our humble opinion. Talking about its specs, let’s go over them real quick, if you’d like a more detailed look, however, check out our full specs article.

Meizu M1 Note features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IGZO display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top of it. This handset ships with 2GB of RAM for your multitasking needs and 16 or 32GB of non-expandable internal storage. MediaTek’s MT6752 64-bit octa-core processor is clocked at 1.7GHz and comes with Mali T760 MP2 GPU. 13-megapixel camera is located on the back of this device, while there’s a 5-megapixel snapper available on the front side of this phone. Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed here with Meizu’s Flyme 4 OS on top of it. The phone ships with a 3410 mAh battery and is available in various colors, Blue, White, Yellow, Green and Pink.

You have to give some credit to Meizu for putting this thing together and pricing it so low, you’ll hardly find a similar smartphone at that price point out there. Perhaps you may be able to find something relatively close in China, but Meizu is becoming a rather well-known smartphone manufacturer and you really do get a quality product here. I really hope that the M1 Note will be available internationally at some point because this would really be a nice sweet spot for many people who just want a smartphone that will work well and don’t want to spend too much money getting one.

Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro are great devices, but both of those are significantly more expensive than the M1 Note, though they’re relatively affordable as well considering what you get by purchasing them. I still haven’t been able to test the device myself, but our editor Alex seems rather impressed with it, especially when we consider the pricing here, it’s just hard to ignore that fact. We’ll be able to test out the device further in the near future and will let you know how that goes, but our first impressions are very positive, to say the least.