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Meizu M1 Note vs Meizu M2 Note: Is The New Phone an Upgrade or Downgrade?

by Martin 7

The Meizu M1 Note was originally launched sometime in December of last year and half a year later the company has already announced its successor, the M2 Note. But is Meizu’s newcomer really an upgrade over its predecessor? We check out and compare the specs of both devices to see what Meizu has brought with the new M2 Note.



Both the M1 Note and M2 Note feature the same display, a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401ppi, so there’s not much to compare between the two devices in this area.


Meizu has also decided to equip the M2 Note with the same set of cameras as the ones found on the M1 Note namely a 13-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera so again there’s not much to compare in this department.

Processor & RAM

The processor is the first and probably biggest change the company has made with the M2 Note. The new smartphone uses the newer MediaTek MT6753 SoC compared to the MT6752 found on the M1 Note but the company has weirdly decided to clock the M2 Note’s processor to only 1.3GHz while the M1 Note’s processor was set at a faster 1.7GHz.

The GPU found on the M2 Note is also the slower Mali-T720 MP3 which runs at only 450Mhz while the M1 Note featured the 700MHz Mali-T760.

In the RAM department, both devices feature the same 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

Storage & Battery

When it comes to storage, both devices feature the same 32GB of internal storage but the newer M2 Note has added expandable storage support via microSD cards up to 128GB. The M2 Note is able to do this by using a hybrid SIM card slot which can contain either a SIM card or a microSD card.

As for its battery, Meizu has equipped the M2 Note with a slightly smaller 3100mAh battery compared to the 3140mAh battery found on the M1 Note.


Based on these comparisons, it’s hard to say whether the M2 Note is a straight upgrade to the M1 Note due to what look like downgrades in some areas like the device’s CPU and GPU.

We assume the compromises were necessary to bring down the new smartphone’s price to a surprisingly low $160. We’ll have to wait and see if the performance of the M2 Note matches up to its predecessor to justify the downgrades for the lower price tag.

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  • Dalibor Pencik

    the mali t720 is MP3 (three cores) and mali t760 is MP2 (two cores), so i think there wouldnt be so much difference. And M2 has advancet ISP (image signal processor) so the pictures should be sligtly better. The MTK6753 should give overall worldwide LTE coverage, but so far i see all the devices with MTK6753 its still the same bands as on MTK6752. SO in my opinion (i am photo maniac) i would pick Meizu M2.

    • Dalibor’s Mum

      You are just a maniac

  • Muhammad Yasir

    m2 is SHIT!

    • Steven Fox

      M2 is great, with a 160$ price tag, I`d pick it over any other phone for that price.

      • Krys-001

        Nope , my choise is Umi Iron 180$ and 3g of ram

  • alen

    Meizu M1 Note SingleCore ~ 810 MultiCore ~ 4000
    Meizu M2 Note SingleCore ~ 580 MultiCore ~ 2500

    Big difference in speed, singlecore ~29% drop, multicore 37% drop, I would go for M1 …

  • Joe

    The reason for the change in CPU and GPU is because they had to go to market with a new home button due to the ZTE law suit for copyright infringement , if storage isn’t a big issue I would stick with the M1, the M2 is much slower