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Meizu M3 Note vs Redmi Note 3 Pro: Battle Of The Best Value Mid-Rangers

by Joe 28

Meizu just announced the new Meizu M3 Note mid-ranger a couple of hours back, and it’s easily one of the best value for money handsets out there in the market. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better in this segment, Meizu came up with this new handset. So, we decided to compare the Meizu M3 Note vs Redmi Note 3 Pro, since they basically fall in the same price segment.

meizu m3 note vs redmi note 3 pro

So, without wasting any more time, lets head on to the comparison.

Meizu M3 Note vs Redmi Note 3 Pro: DESIGN

meizu m3 note 01

Coming to the new Meizu M3 Note, the phone comes with a metal body. It’s thinner than the Redmi model and features a design similar to the Meizu MX5. That’s actually a good thing!

DIMENSIONS: 153.6 x 75.5 x 8.2mm

Redmi Note 3 01

Now, we take a look at the Redmi Note 3 Pro which comes with a solid metal body with smooth round corners. The phone looks premium and well built for its price. Clearly, there are no complaints here.

DIMENSIONS: 150 x 76 x 8.65mm

As you can see, the Redmi Note 3 Pro is thinner and shorter than the Meizu M3 Note, but then, the latter is thinner. Also, the fingerprint sensor on the former is located at the back, while the M3 Note comes with a home button embedded fingerprint sensor located just below the display up front.


Meizu M3 Note vs Redmi Note 3 Pro: Hardware

The major difference between the two models is the processor underneath. The Meizu M3 Note comes with the MTK Helio P10 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. This is an octa-core chip with eight Cortex A53 cores. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 3 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 650 chipset which features 2x Cortex A72 cores and 4 x Cortex A53 cores. This should give an advantage to the Redmi model, but we will have to wait and see if there are any significant real life performance differences. For most tasks, the Helio P10 should be sufficient.

If you really want to know the benchmark results of these two chipsets, then the Helio P10 (inside the OPPO R9) scores around 51,000 on AnTuTu (since this is underclocked expect lower results), while the Snapdragon 650 gets around 75,000-79,000 on the same AnTuTu app. So, there’s a significant gap in their performances.

So, this was the biggest difference between the two handsets. Rest of the specs are quite similar. So, the Meizu M3 Note comes in two versions 2GB / 3GB RAM and 16GB / 32GB storage, same as the Redmi model. Also, both have dual SIM card slots with a hybrid slot that uses SIM2 for MicroSD if required. There will be a 5.5-inch display on board with 1080p resolution on both models.

Coming to the cameras, the Meizu M3 Note comes with a 13MP f/2.2 aperture sensor with 5P Lens and PDAF. Similarly, the Redmi Note 3 Pro features a 16MP sensor with f/2.2, 5P lens and PDAF. Up front, both the phones have 5MP f/2.0 cameras. Both have dual LED color temperature flash at the back.

Even in the battery department, both have very similar specs. The M3 Note comes with a slightly larger 4100mAh battery while the Redmi model features a 4000mAh capacity battery. As for the weight, the Meizu model weighs 163 grams while the Redmi model weighs 164 grams. Too similar right?

Unfortunately, both the models are stuck with Android 5.1, despite being 2016 models. The M3 Note comes with Flyme on top while the Redmi Note 3 Pro features MIUI 7.

Other features that are similar on both the handsets include 4G LTE with VoLTE, fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.


Meizu M3 Note vs Redmi Note 3 Pro: Pricing

Pricing is where these both differ again. The base variant of the Meizu M3 Note i.e. with 2GB RAM + 32GB ROM retails at an amazing $125, while in case of the Redmi Note 3 Pro, it starts at $154 for the base variant. The top end variant of the M3 Note (3GB RAM + 32GB ROM) is priced at 999 Yuan ($154) in China, while the high-end Redmi model retails at 1199 Yuan ($185).



With Snapdragon 650 under the hood, the Redmi Note 3 Pro is definitely more powerful among the two. But if you can live with the mid-range P10, the Meizu M3 Note comes out as a cheaper and attractive option. It’s thinner, features a larger battery as well as comes with a cheaper price tag. But if don’t want to sacrifice on the processor and are ready to shell out a few more bucks, then the Redmi Note 3 Pro is probably the better option.

So, which one will you choose?

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  • Yussuf Sulaimanov

    Are you sure that the prime version of XRN3 pro is $154? Because it is the base model for 152 bucks and the prime version is around 180 dollars

    • Joe

      Pricing has been updated according to the official company website.

      • Yussuf Sulaimanov

        Can you provide links for your official update?

        • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

          These are the prices in China bro, sadly the retailers are selling the 3/32gb version of Redmi Note 3 Pro for $220 and up, while the corresponding 3/32gb Meizu M3 Note can be ordered for $199 worldwide.

          • Yussuf Sulaimanov

            I do not believe you provide the links

          • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

            What?? What don’t you believe? You can check for yourself the international prices. The prices in China are for their local stores, you won’t find deals at that price on the web. I’ll guess you never ordered a china phone before?

  • Yussuf Sulaimanov

    So clearly Meizu M3 note is definitely winner in price section

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

      I believe this phone will be the most attractive option this year for some wanting quality and reasonable performance on the cheap.

    • Sakis Karamitsos

      Don’t think so….

      Meizu Presale Price: $298.61
      Xiaomi Pro Price: $225.89

  • Yussuf Sulaimanov

    And I am talking about the prices in China

  • greg

    Nice Move with the price Meizu, both versions are a competitive alternative for Xiaomi counterparts

  • greg

    The resellers got the basic version in 200 usd , so I dont know if the price is good enough now ; its a shame

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

      check meizuwolrd, the 3gb/32gb version is selling for $199

      • nirav patel

        Just 148$ for the 3Gb/32Gb version here in India!

        • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

          lol, you’re lucky

  • rigge

    Meizu is more beautiful.. Redmi looks more clumsy.. I would buy the meizu m3 note

  • tauerman

    Why not compare it to the Redmi Note 3 non-pro??

  • zupatami

    MIUI tweaks (find in play market)
    strongly recommended for MIUI

    • Micke

      That’s for rooted phones with Xposed Framework.

  • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

    The differences in the battery capacity between the two phones is so negligible that it’s not correct to point as advantage of M3 Note it’s “larger” battery. And to clear this out Redmi Note 3 Pro has a 4050mah battery and not 4000. 😉

  • Hussain Morbiwala

    Well seriously i think its better to go with Meizu because guys in India MI is performing too slow even they are opting better processor…Confused??? I mean to say is in India MI is not able to deliver the handset to their consumers everytime false promises & hope till now many consumers are yelling on facebook page Redmi India, MI India Twitter MI India. Very bad but they still manage to give hopes but every flash sale is like a bouncer to MI. Checkout the attached snapshot of my mail to Hugo Barra & he is too silent.

    • Millet Air Purifier (Mi-Fan)

      Why do you write emails in comic sans, no one will reply you with that font

    • jagadeesh medabalimi

      Any company, that is known as world class….. remains world class until they open a branch in India and recruit a bunch of @$$holes to run it.

  • I prefer the Meizu M3 Note. Is more beautiful and I like Flyme more than MIUI

  • Lubemark

    Meizu M3 Note should be compared with MT6795 powered RedMi Note 3 not with the SD650 pro version !

  • jagadeesh medabalimi

    Instead of colliding head on with the Redmi Note 3, Meizu M3 note slightly undercuts the competition with pricing. Both may continue to do well in their own way. Meizu looks comparatively beautiful though.

  • nirav patel

    Hands down to Meizu, I got the 3Gb/32Gb version for just 148$ here in India from Amazon!!

  • nirav patel

    Camera is very bad. Lot of bugs in Flyme, missing menu button here and there. Like if you want to reset all app preferences ,you need menu key!! Or if you want to save a photo from Facebook app you need menu button.
    Fingerprint scanner placement in m-back button was their worst idea. Sometimes i tend to go back instead of scanning finger print