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Meizu M6 Note Launched: Snapdragon 625, Dual Cameras, Large Battery & More

by Jed John 72

Meizu has finally taken the wraps off the M6 Note or Charm Blue Note 6 if you like in an action packed ceremony in China this afternoon. The Meizu M6 Note comes studded with lots of surprises, the most spectacular being that the mid-range smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. We never saw this coming until very recently when a poster was spotted showing there will be an Helio P25-powered version and a Snapdragon 625 version as well. The device is thus, the first Meizu device to pack a Snapdragon processor ever and just the second Meizu model with a dual camera setup. The M6 Note also comes with a beautiful design, utilizing the nice quad-LED flash which made its debut on the Meizu E2 months back. Most of all, the device has a decent price tag which starts at 1099 Yuan (around $165).Meizu M6 Note

Design & Specifications

The Meizu M6 Note comes with the traditional Meizu design on a metal unibody but with some little tweaking here and there that differentiates the device from previous models. It happens to be the first smartphone Meizu is releasing under the newly created Charm Blue Division and they did make sure the device dazzles both in design and specifications. It features the Meizu mBack button at the front which also functions as a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is a fast one, touted to unlock the device in just 0.2 seconds and also supports AliPay fingerprint payment.  At the back, the M6 Note has the dual cameras located at the middle while the Quad-LED flash is integrated with the upper antenna band. The edges are well curved to ensure that users can get a good grip.Meizu M6 Note

Talking about the specifications, the Meizu M6 Note sports a 5.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device is powered by an energy saving Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0GHz paired with a GPU that brings a 71% efficiency over the previous generation. Apart from the performance, the processor also brings on Cat. 7 full Netcom support and an enhanced dual ISP image processing speed. The device is available in 3GB RAM + 16GB, 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB memory variants.Meizu M6 Note

As far as the Dual cameras go, the M6 Note features a camera setup which would perhaps become the main focus of the device in the coming days. The rear camera consists of a 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with f1.9 aperture, 1.4um individual pixel size, and 6P lens, teaming up with a Samsung 2L7 secondary sensor. Meizu gave the M6 Note to two professionals photographers who captured a couple of sample photos with the camera and their reviews were all positive. The rear camera comes with Dual Phase Detection, Full pixel Dual-core focus, up to o.o3s fast. One of the reviewers, famous Photographer Amberly Valentine is reported to have described the camera’s picture quality and dynamic capture speed as amazing. Meizu even went as far as comparing the camera with that of the flagship Huawei P10. We’ll leave you to judge the performance(see the sample photos at the end of the article). The M6 Note also packs a 16MP front camera for stunning selfies.Meizu M6 Note

The M6 Note also packs a large 4,000mAh battery which is said to be enough to withstand up to 10 hours of game play. The large battery capacity combined with the Snapdragon 625 chip ensures the device is power efficient. The device also comes with mCharge 18W fast charge support. The device also comes with dual SIM slots, 4G LTE and runs Flyme 6 with Meizu’s One Mind AI based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat.Meizu M6 Note

Pricing & Availability

The Meizu M6 Note comes in Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Blue and Obsidian Black colours and is priced as follows; 3GB + 16Gb variant -1099 Yuan (~$165), 3GB + 32GB version – 1299 Yuan (~$195) and finally the 4GB + 64 GB version will sell for 1699 Yuan (~$255). These are pretty decent prices for such a sleek device. The M6 Note will go on sale on Meizu Mall, TMall, JD.com, Suning and other online platforms as from September 1, 10.00 AM. While offline sales will begin on Meizu Store and other stores in China on September 2. Meanwhile, reservation for the first sale is already open on the online platforms.Meizu M6 NoteMeizu M6 NoteMeizu M6 Note

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  • mf1gt3r

    Wow. Wow. Am gonna get one.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      it has type c ?

      • mf1gt3r

        Yea. Look at pictures online and gsmarena. Type C confirmed.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          i might be buying this legit, if i get a good job within/around the local release window !

  • Jh1

    Camera sounds very promising with this one, as does the overall package. Definitely a large improvement over my m5 note. Interested to see the redmi note 5 release, and how it compares. On paper at least, this sounds better than the current redmi note 4x.

    The SD 625 is a great SoC for my purposes, but I’m a little disappointed that the recent rumors of offering both Helio p25 and SD 625 options don’t appear to be true.

    • Francis

      I agree it is way better than the Note 4X. Yesterday I almost ordered the Note 4X on Ibuygou website. I am happy that I changed my mind before pressing the payment button. I need a pretty decent camera on my phone and I don’t want to ruin myself even if I have saved money to get the MI6. I am curious when this phone will be available. Regarding the Redmi Note 5, it might get a CPU upgrade with SD630 which will bring a better GPU for gaming. I really like the M6 Note in its blue color.

      • Jh1

        Sounds like it should be available the first week of September. I’d expect a fairly high reseller markup initially though. I’m leaning towards the black version myself.

        • Francis

          HAHA the black version is wonderful too. I am hesitating between black and blue color but after seeing a few unboxing on youtube I confirm that the black version is amazing! I am so excited that it is difficult to wait. I checked many resellers website LOL

          • Jh1

            I haven’t seen it on any resellers yet. Hopefully soon. I’m very interested to see what Xiaomi have planned for the RN5 now. I’m sure they will have to come up with something to jump back on top.

          • Francis

            You are right but when Xiaomi plans to release the Redmi Note 5 high end edition? Taking into account the last rumors, I am deeply sure that they will release a base model equipped with SD625 and a prime version equipped with SD626 or SD630. Honestly, Xiaomi should have postponed the release of the Mi5X and put their efforts in releasing the Redmi Note 5 now. That being said, what I like with Meizu is that when they say they will use a Sony camera sensors it is indeed the case. The Redmi Note 4 was supposed to have a Sony camera sensor but it ended with a Samsung sensor. If I decide to buy the Meizu M6 Note, I will go for the 3GB/32GB version because I guess the mark up will be higher on the high end version.

          • Jh1

            I’m still guessing October for the RN5. Expecting SD625/SD630. Actually, I believe that the m6 note is coming with 2 potential camera sensors the Sony IMx362/Samsung 2L7. That is a pretty common practice throughout the industry, but it can definitely lead to some differences in performance.

          • Francis

            So at the end it is you and your luck regarding the camera you get. This could be interpreted as lie in terms of performances. So many people bought the Redmi Note 4 thinking that they will get a Sony sensor but instead they got a Samsung one. I understand why some people prefer to pay a higher price for flagship phones. Unfortunately, I can’t wait until October to get a new phone.

          • Jh1

            It is a little sketchy, but it’s the nature of the business, I’m afraid. I think the m6 note will serve you very well.

          • Francis

            Like you said, this is how it works in the business. Are you going to wait for the Redmi Note 5?

          • Jh1

            My m5 note is still working fine at the moment, so I plan to wait for the RN5 to be unveiled. It’s going to be hard top the m6 note though, if it is as good as it appears on paper. Plus, I prefer the front mounted fingerprint/mBack button of the meizu. Flyme is also my favorite OS as well, though MIUI is a close second. Long story short, yes I will wait for the RN5, but will probably end up buying the m6 note.

          • Francis

            It is a pleasure to read you Jh1. It is not easy to make the right choice but I am sure you will make the right decision. I hope that the Meizu M6 Note will be available pretty soon on resellers websites. I would have preferred to have a device with MIUI but I am tempted to discover Flyme OS. Peace!

  • Beautiful blue colour. Shame it’s only on the back – black fronted phones are a deal breaker for me.

  • Mosh

    Phone of the year

  • G’n’T

    Any notes on the Audio side? Would like to know more but the front camera as well..

    • mf1gt3r

      Meizu has never been bad with audios. 16mp front camera seems good to me.

      • G’n’T

        Not sure how that front camera will do in low light though.. Hope someone here reviews it sooner rather than later.

  • Ionut Johnny

    Finally Meizu its back on the track.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      what about type c ?

      • Ionut Johnny

        Yes, they got it.

        • Flipp0

          No, its micro usb.

          • Ionut Johnny

            Anyway, who cares?
            What’s the actual real improvement with type C? Visible one, I mean, nothing.

          • willysson

            Agreed, unless they’re going to USB 3/3.1 type C. So many companies are now coming out with USB 2 type C and who really cares (so I spend an extra 2 seconds ensuring correct alignment).

  • Muhammad Yasir

    does it have type c ?!

    • hamaidx

      Yes it does…. 🙂

      • Muhammad Yasir

        yay !

  • Flipp0

    Pleasant surprise from Meizu. Better cameras, build quality and design compared to Redmi Note 4X.

    • balcobomber25

      We have no clue how the build quality is compared to the RN4 until it’s actually tested and the design is almost identical between the two; just swap out the extra camera sensor on the Meizu for the RN4’s fingerprint sensor and it’s the same looking device.

      • Flipp0

        Meizu have a very good track record when it comes to build quality. As a previous owner of M3 Max och M5 Note, I find the build quality of Meizu phones to be outstanding.

        • balcobomber25

          Previous track record doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to a new phone. Samsung had an excellent track record before the disaster that was the Note 7. One small problem is all it takes.

          • Flipp0

            “Previous track record doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to a new phone.” Your example of Note 7 does not prove anything, that failure was an exception rather than the rule. In general, previous track record is a good predictor of present and future achievements by a company. Of course we do not know for sure but there is a very high probability that the M6 Note has excellent build quality.

          • balcobomber25

            My example proves everything. One failure in a component can sink a new model, past build quality meant nothing for owners of the Note 7.

          • Flipp0

            Yes, but how likely is such as failure? Once again, the Note 7 example is an exception rather than the rule. You clearly do not grasp the concept of probability.

          • balcobomber25

            It doesn’t matter how likely it is, every phone has the chance for it to happen. That’s the nature of electronics

  • hamaidx

    Hey John… Does this support the 3D Press Feature.. Like we had in Meizu MX6… Thanks

  • Muhammad Yasir

    Released on My Birthday !

    • G’n’T

      Happy Birthday Mo!

      • Muhammad Yasir

        Thanks mate 💖 !

  • Bebeto

    I need to repair imei and it is very hard for sd. So, no thanks!

  • Flavi

    I wanna see more low light comparisons! There’s a tendency to overexpose parts of the image which is very common even with the best camera sensors and lenses (only Google’s exceptional HDR+ does a tremendous job with exposure). But seeing this phone’s camera actually beating that of Huawei P10, wow that’s incredible! This phone looks very promising! Looking for reviews now, hoping for a professional manual mode on its camera app. Its camera may even be better than that of Pro 6 Plus and Pro 7.

  • balcobomber25

    Very big surprise from Meizu, I personally never though it would happen. But this is huge the 625 is one of the best midrange chips you can use and that camera sounds incredible. If this had US LTE I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    • Jh1

      I’m ok with hspa speeds, and we still have good coverage on my area. Unless Xiaomi blow me away with the redmi note 5, this will be my next phone.

      • balcobomber25

        I couldn;t use 3G, especially since Tmobile is going to be shutting down a lot of their AWS 3G towers in the coming months to make them all 100% LTE.

        • Jh1

          I’m on att, so at the moment I’m still good with 3g. Have you heard when they are going full LTE?

          • balcobomber25

            Their plans is to have the complete network shut down by 2019. But they have already started to convert towers in some cities.

          • Jh1

            Good to know. I thought it was another year or 2 further down the road. Thanks.

    • Francis

      Yesterday, I almost created an order on Ibuygou website for the Redmi Note 4X. I am glad that I didn’t press the Paypal payment button. This M6 Note seems to be a killer phone with a good camera. Moreover, the build quality is top notch (all metal) and it comes with USB TYPE C. Even if it doesn’t have the Band 20 4G LTE for Europe, I will buy it instantly. Black or blue color?? Which version according you is worth to get? 4GB RAM VS 3GB RAM? I really hope that this phone will be available through resellers quickly. I can’t wait! Peace Balco!

      • Daniel McDermott

        Definitely spend the extra for 4GB RAM. You won’t regret having it, especially as that variant has a decent amount of storage

      • balcobomber25

        I think that depends on your personal needs. I don’t use a lot of apps so I am fine with a 3GB phone, but if you use a lot of apps get the 4GB.

        • Francis

          I think that I will get the 3gb ram version because the mark up will be higher on the 4gb ram version.

          • Jh1

            I think you’ll be just fine with 3gb.

      • willysson

        Sixteen days ago I ordered the Redmi Note 4X 4/64Gb from Tomtop with an incredible price! I paid for priority shipping. On chat, they told me it was in stock and would ship in 3 days. Priority shipping to Thailand is 6 days. I told them I would be leaving Thailand on the 27th for a 6 week trip and wanted the phone for the trip. Processing ended up being 9 days. They sent a “shipping” notice with a link to a tracking website and tracking number. I was told to wait 2 days before tracking the package. That was 6 days ago. It still doesn’t show up on the tracking site. Swiss Post’s tracking doesn’t show it. I’ve emailed multiple times to Tomtop with no response. I’ve spent more than an hour on chat and they say their “network” is down (“sorry”). Two days ago I initiated a dispute with PayPal. If the phone doesn’t somehow miraculously arrive before I leave, I’ll request my money back. I’ll be in China first week of September for two days and if without a phone I hope I can find this Meizu somewhere!

        • balcobomber25

          Yea shipping is always a challenge and a journey with Chinese sites. Even when you pay for “expedited” shipping. There is often processing times that can last anywhere from 1 day to 3 weeks before they actually ship it. Once they do ship it though it’s usually pretty quick.

          Where in China will you be? Depending on the city I can tell you very easily where to find Meizu phones. I do a lot of business in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzen. But I am occasionally in other cities as well.

          • willysson

            Thanks for your help. I’ll be in Guangzhou. But guess what, the tracking website finally shows the package today in of all places Spain! They have a couple of days. I’m not sure what to do when I leave here, request a refund from PayPal? As for Guangzhou, I’ll be spending the night near the airport but am happy to travel up to an hour on local transport.

          • balcobomber25

            There are a few Meizu stores actually on the road that the airport is on, if I remember correctly the closest one is about a 15 minute ride away . But if you have time to kill I would highly recommend you go into the city and check out one of the electronics markets. Some of the more popular ones are New Asia International which is 9 floors and sells virtually everything to do with phones but around that area there are plenty more shops, stores and malls that sell all kinds of electronics. It is a great way to kill a few hours. It is about 45 minutes to an hour from the airport without traffic, you can also take the excellent metro system from the airport to the city. It’s pretty easy to use and it isn’t as packed as some other Chinese cities. Just a few words of warning when buying phones in China:

            1. If a price seems to good to be true, like a Mi6 selling for $150, it is fake and walk away.
            2. Make sure you the model you are getting has support for your home country, some Chinese models wont work outside of China.
            3. Always pay with cash or a credit card. Never use a debit card. There is so much stealing of card information in China. With a credit card you have full protection, with a debit card it is limited.

          • willysson

            Thanks for your help!

          • balcobomber25

            No worries. Guangzhou is one of my favorite cities in China. It’s as big as others but it never really feels as congested or crowded. They also have one of the best metro.

          • willysson

            Would you by chance know where to look for folding bikes?

          • balcobomber25

            Can’t help you with that one sorry. You could try one of the big malls like Tianhe or Taiko, both are right off the Metro.

  • mf1gt3r

    Xiaomi should quickly launch the main Redmi Note 5 (5a seemed like child’s play especially the 3000mah part).

    • Francis

      HAHA I agree with everything you said! They did a huge mistake with the Mi 5X, they should have saved its camera for the RN5 High End edition. Unfortunately, the RN5 will have a design similar to the RN5A and I believe that we won’t see the release of the RN5 before October or November.

      • balcobomber25

        Well the 5X was really a phone they needed for offline sales in China to compete with Oppo and Vivo. That’s really it’s only purpose.

        • Francis

          Hey Balco, you are definitely right about the Mi5X. I have seen a couple of Mi5X reviews on youtube and heard very contradictory stories about its camera performances. It is a shame because I was really tempted to buy the phone. I don’t know if the software updates will improve the camera performance. That being said, I really like the Meizu M6 Note and I really hope that the 3GB/32GB variant’s price won’t exceed 220€ after resellers. If in the coming days the price of the 32GB variant of the Mi5X decline below 175€, I will probably go for the Mi5X because I like MIUI.

  • MaxPower

    This one might be my very first Meizu.
    I would pick the 3G/32GB version.

  • Nick

    Finally somethig normal from Meizu!!!

  • vijay sud

    Eagerly awaiting release in India market. Meizu introduced some phones in India, but nothing was able to catch up with Xiaomi Redmis. Now Meizu M6 Note could be the Killer Note in Meizu Arsenal to beat the Xiaomi Juggernaut in India. But Meizu has to be fleet footed and come up with at least 1/4 million units by Mid Sep 17, to really bring down monopoly of Redmi Notes in India.

  • Sansa

    No band 20? Ah such a ice bucket… That would be so awsome.

  • Sansa

    Meizu’s site and others, show it has band 20, fingers crossed!

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