Meizu’s M1 Observe is a mud-low cost iPhone 5c on steroids
Whereas many Chinese language smartphone makers have just lately stepped up their efforts in delivering extra unique designs, we will not say that is the case with Meizu’s newest providing. In reality, we already knew the cheeky firm was as much as one thing when the Chinese language media acquired an iPhone 5c chassis of their invites, and now we all know why. As you’ll be able to see above, the plastic M1 Observe introduced immediately comes within the shamelessly equivalent set of colours because the iPhone 5c: inexperienced, pink, white, yellow and blue. Beginning at simply CN¥999 (about $one hundred sixty) unsubsidized, that is Meizu’s least expensive Android smartphone but, because it makes an attempt to compete instantly with the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei within the sub-CN¥1,000 entry-degree market.
On paper, the M1 Observe is surprisingly good worth. This twin-SIM telephone comes with a 5.5-inch IGZO show with a beneficiant 1080p decision (whereas Xiaomi’s barely cheaper Redmi Notice 4G solely has 720p), Gorilla Glass three, a thirteen-megapixel f/2.2 major digital camera with twin-tone flash, a 5-megapixel f/2.zero entrance-dealing with digital camera and a pleasant three,one hundred forty mAh battery. It is powered by MediaTek’s MT6752 chipset with an octa-core (Cortex-A53 1.7GHz x eight), sixty four-bit prepared processor, a Mali T760 MP2 GPU, 2GB of RAM and FDD-LTE radio (TD-LTE additionally supported for the China variations). Like the upper-finish MX4 Professional, the M1 Notice runs on Meizu’s closely custom-made Flyme four.1 based mostly on Android four.four.four.
What this new mannequin does lack is the fingerprint reader featured on the MX4 Professional, and likewise with the microSD enlargement (so that you’re caught with the constructed-in 16GB or 32GB). That stated, at this worth level, we’re sure that the majority people will not be complaining an excessive amount of.
Regardless of its plastic physique, the M1 Notice is simply eight.9mm thick and weighs simply 145g. As with most up-to-date Meizu telephones, this system additionally appears to supply higher grip consolation than the much less-curvy iPhone 5c, and the ceramic end ought to make a pleasant icing on the cake. What’s much less spectacular is Meizu’s blatant rip-off of even the tiniest issues just like the iPhone 5c’s microphone plus loudspeaker design on the underside aspect. However hey, a minimum of Meizu did brazenly pay tribute to Jony Ive finally month’s MX4 Professional launch occasion.
Until Apple does one thing about this cheekiness, Meizu’s “present to the subsequent era” is predicted to go to the Western market within the second half of January. For now, the corporate’s taking on-line pre-orders in China forward of the native launch on December thirtieth, with the 16GB model going for CN¥999 (about $one hundred sixty) and the 32GB model for CN¥1,199 (about $one hundred ninety).