Budget Battle: Meizu m2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 2A

by Martin 0

Meizu has just launched its latest entry into the budget class of smartphones with the new Meizu m2 and it joins the rest of this year’s popular budget smartphones that include the Redmi 2 and Redmi 2A from Xiaomi which we will now compare with the Meizu m2 to see how the new smartphone matches up with its competitors.


All of these devices feature the same design style that uses a plastic shell that covers both the rear and sides of the device. The new m2 looks like a smaller version of the m2 Note with its rounded corners, capsule shaped home button, and round camera, while the Redmi 2 and 2A feature a blockier design, capacitive touch buttons, and a squarer camera.

Because of the m2’s larger display, the body is slightly bigger than the Redmi models. The m2 measures 140.1 x 68.9 x 8.7 mm while both Redmi models measure 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm. In spite of its larger size, the m2 is surprisingly but only slightly lighter than the Redmi 2 and 2A at 131 grams versus 133 grams.


As previously mentioned, the m2 features a larger display than its competitors measuring 5.0 inches while the Redmi models both feature 4.7-inch screens. The displays on all three devices feature 720p resolutions which lead to a slightly higher pixel density on the Redmi devices – 312ppi – compared to the m2 – 294ppi. Both Redmi devices are also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while Meizu decided with Dragno Trail Glass for the m2.

Processor, RAM, and Storage

All three devices feature a different processor from each other. The new m2 comes with a MediaTek MT6735 1.3GHz quad-core processor, the Redmi 2 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and the Redmi 2A features a Leadcore L1860C 1.5GHz quad-core processor which is from Xiaomi’s recently acquired company, Leadcore. Frequency-wise, it seems that the Redmi 2A outpaces both the original Redmi 2 and the m2 but since it uses a newer and mostly untested processor, it is hard to say how well it really performs.

As for RAM, both the Redmi 2 and the m2 come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage while the Redmi 2A is equipped with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Additionally, the original Redmi 2 is also available in a variant with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.


Because of its bigger size, the Meizu m2 is capable of equipping a larger 2500mAh battery compared to the 2200mAh batteries found on both Redmi models but since the m2 also comes with a larger display it’s hard to say if the larger battery directly means longer battery life compared to the Redmi 2 and 2A.


Being a newer device, it isn’t surprising that the Meizu m2 come with a stronger camera than the Redmi models. The m2 features a 13-megeapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera while both Redmi models come with 8-megapixel rear cameras and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras.

Operating System

All the devices we’re comparing here all come with operating systems based on Google’s Android Lollipop operating system but as of this writing, the FlymeOS 4.5 on the Meizu m2 is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop while the MIUI 6.0 operating system on both the Redmi 2 and 2A are still based on Android 5.0.


Among the three devices, the Meizu m2 comes out as having the most value as it is priced at only around $96 while the Redmi 2A is priced at the same but only comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage compared to the 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage on the m2. The Redmi 2 variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage comes out as the most expensive as it is currently priced at around $149.


From this comparison it looks like Meizu has a real winner with its newly released m2. Its strong specifications including higher RAM and storage as well as better cameras coupled with its really low price make it a really good value purchase. Among these three devices, the m2 really stands out as the best among these budget smartphones.