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Meizu M5 Note review

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Written by techmanish

Introduction

Meizu’s Note series were off to a great start with the m1 note. The m2 note did some upgrades in expense of a few features, while the m3 note turned out a worthy successor though it trailed behind the Xiaomi’s mid-range crop. It’s time for Meizu to freshen up its Note lineup again, and today we get our hands on the newly released M5 Note.

Fun fact! Did you notice there is a missing fourth model in the series? The number four is considered a bad omen in China and skipping it is quite usual. The fear of the number four actually has a proper Greek name – tetraphobia. And yes, we just looked this up.

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The M5 Note comes with a refined design, easily noticeable, but not breaking up with its roots. There is also more storage, if you are ready to pay for it, and Android Marshmallow comes pre-installed.

The rest is pretty much as we left it on the m3 note – Helio P10 chipset, a 13MP main camera, the iconic mTouch key with a fingerprint scanner, and a beefy 4,000 mAh battery.

Meizu M5 Note at a glance:

  • Metal unibody; 5.5″ 1080p IPS display of 403ppi
  • MediaTek Helio P10 chipset: octa-core processor, Mali-T860MP2 GPU, 3GB/4GB of RAM
  • 13MP camera, two-tone LED flash; 1080p @30fps; 5MP front-facing camera
  • 16/32/64GB of built-in storage, microSD slot
  • mTouch v2.1 Home button with a fingerprint scanner
  • 4,000 mAh battery, fast charging (35% in 30 minutes)
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS with Flyme 5.2
  • Dual SIM; LTE Cat.6; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS and GLONASS; microUSB port

It seems Meizu was focused more on the Note’s appearance, rather on its performance and camera skills. And that would have been OK, if it weren’t for the overcrowded mid-range market.

But we are yet to unwrap the M5 Note and put it through its paces. We are hoping Meizu has put some twists here and there, and we’ll make sure to search for those.

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2016, October
Status Available. Released 2016, November
BODY Dimensions 147.3 x 72.8 x 8.2 mm (5.80 x 2.87 x 0.32 in)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~69.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~282 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– Flyme 5.2
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Mediatek MT6750
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T860MP2
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.0
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Radio No
USB microUSB v2.0
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor
BATTERY Non-removable 3070 mAh battery
MISC Colors Mint Green, Glacier White, Champanage Gold, Sapphire Blue, Matte Black
Price group 3/10
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 846 / Basemark X: 4767
Display Contrast ratio: 1060:1 (nominal), 2.710 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 63dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -93.3dB / Crosstalk -92.2dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 76h

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