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Meizu’s First Snapdragon Smartphone, the M6 Note, Finally Does Everything Right!

by Joe 48

A few days back, I wrote an in-depth article on how we can expect Meizu to bounce back in the coming months. At that time, I had assumed that the company would take at least a few months more to get things in order and release a Snapdragon powered smartphone in the market. It turns out, we don’t have to wait that long, as the company’s latest mid-ranger, the Meizu M6 Note comes with a Qualcomm chip, namely the Snapdragon 625 inside. This is the first ever Snapdragon smartphone from the company, which also makes it an important one.

But how good is the Meizu M6 Note? We try to find that out in this article!

At this moment, we cannot analyze the real feel and performance of the device but what we can do is see what it offers at a starting price tag of 1099 Yuan (~$165)

Meizu M6 Note value

 

DESIGN

Meizu M6 Note

There’s nothing extraordinary about the Meizu M6 Note, at least, not in terms of design. But, with its all metal body, the phone is well built. There’s a 5.5-inch 1080p display up front along with a physical home button. I personally like having the fingerprint on the front, so extra marks for its mBack home button. The back features dual cameras in a simple vertical arrangement. But what’s unique about this phone is that it integrates the Quad-LED flash right inside the Antenna band. It may not be a significant design element, but it makes the design looks balanced.

Note that the dimensions 154.6 x 75.2 x 8.35mm and weight (173 grams) are very similar to that of the Redmi Note 4X.

Meizu M6 Note
Meizu M6 Note Peacock Blue

And with a beautiful Peacock Blue option available, I’m sure design is not going to be an area where you’ll be disappointed.

 

 

CPU

At $165, the Meizu M6 Note makes no mistake getting the most popular mid-range chipset in the market today. The Snapdragon 625 is powerful enough to tackle everything that you throw at it and is efficient enough to give you a great battery life. So, Meizu mid-rangers are no longer inferior to Xiaomi’s offerings, as the latest Redmi Note series also come with the same SD625 chip inside.

 

 

 

MEMORY

The M6 Note starts at 3GB + 16GB. There are two other variants, 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. There’s a MicroSD card slot as well. This is similar to what Redmi Note 4X offers in China. Right now, the Redmi Note 4X is available in 3+ 32GB and 4GB+64GB variants, priced at around $150 and $195 respectively.

 

 

PRICES

The Meizu M6 Note is priced aggressively, starting at 1099 Yuan ($165) for the 3GB+16GB version, 1299 Yuan ($195) for the 3GB + 32GB version and 1699 Yuan ($254) for the 4GB + 64GB version. If we were to directly compare the price of the Redmi Note 4X, you would see that the Xiaomi model is cheaper. You get 32GB instead of 16GB at $150. But the Meizu M6 Note manages to justify this additional price in the camera specs, making it a better choice for customers looking for the best value.

 

 

CAMERA

The camera is one major area where Meizu out classes the Redmi Note 4X. The phone comes with dual camera setup at the back in 12MP + 5MP arrangement. Note that the primary, 12MP sensor is the top-end Sony IMx362 / Samsung 2L7 with 1.4µm pixel size and f/1.9 aperture. To support the primary sensor, there’s a 5MP secondary sensor. Together, the dual camera setup should be able to give you good quality shots, even in low light situations.

Meizu M6 Note
Meizu M6 Note Camera specs

In case you missed it, the IMX362 is one of the best sensors from Sony in the market today. This is the same sensor that powers HTC U11’s amazing rear camera. So, we can expect some great things from the M6 Note’s dual camera setup. Of course, the sensor is just one part of the story. We will have to see how the M6 Note processes these images, as it will determine the quality of images taken from the sensor. Meizu has partnered with Arcsoft to get customized software for its camera, but it’s best to wait for some real life samples to judge the camera quality.

Up front, there’s a 16MP f/2.0 camera.

 

 

BATTERY

Meizu has made no mistakes in this department, equipping the M6 Note with a large 4000mAh battery. There’s mCharge fast charging as well, which should be quick as it supports 18W charging.

 

 

SOFTWARE

In the software department, the Meizu M6 Note comes with Android 7.1.1 with Flyme 6 OS on top. The phone features OneMind AI as well.

 

Overall, as you can see, the Meizu M6 Note, at a starting price of $165 offers amazing value for money. The phone gives you the best in practically every department, like display, CPU, memory, camera, and even battery! There are hardly any mid-rangers in the market today that manage to do better than the M6 Note at its amazing $165 price tag. And if the IMX362/ 2L7 +5MP combination does as well as it should, there’s no reason why the phone won’t be a best seller.

My Meizu M6 Note vs Competition article (similar to the Nokia 8 vs competition article) should be out soon, so stay tuned for that.

 

Also, let me know your thoughts about the M6 Note down below.

 

 

 

 

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  • z1george

    Will have to justify +50$ above the Note 4X (comparing the 3/32GB configuration)

  • Daniel McDermott

    I agree for the most part it is much more competitive. The 3GB + 16GB though is laughable, it’d be useless out of the box with just 16GB of internal space. The 4GB + 64GB version is the best option by far. Any phone in China with less than 4GB RAM is going to struggle, and 64GB is a modest amount of space. I’m definitely interested in that variant, but the others just aren’t worth it unless on the most extreme budget. I look forward to the camera experience results, and to see how much life that battery provides. Looks pretty good!

    • Jh1

      3gb/32gb is just fine for me

    • balcobomber25

      I would actually be fine with the 3/16 version. Everything I do is online, only thing that gets stored on my phone is pictures but even that is temporary as they all upload to Google.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        Google Photos 😀

        • balcobomber25

          Yes sir! Saves me a ton of room on my phones. I also have been recently expanding to use Amazon Photos.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            me too !

            made the mistake of NOT using google photos the first time and my phone went into bootloop… had to decrypt adopted storage(SD card) to retrieve all my dear pics ! that was a heart in mouth time for me … NEVER AGAIN ! always make backups !

            Amazon Photos is free btw? what are it’s advantages over Google?

            i also want to ask about a reliable backup option alongside google drive, to store the ever-expanding whatsapp backup of mine. soo any suggestions on that ?

          • balcobomber25

            Amazon is free if you have Amazon Prime. I have been switching pretty much everything to Amazon now:

            Music: I switched from Google Play Music to Amazon Prime Unlimited
            Video: Switched from Netflix to Amazon Prime Video (and Hulu).
            Photos: I am starting to switch everything to them.

            As for a reliable backup I have always liked Box. They give you 10GB for free and I have never had any issues with them. But read into them they may not be right for you. Other options are Dropbox, Flipdrive, HuBic and Mega. Check them all out and see what they offer, one of them should be what you need.

    • Faress ElFarissi

      For thia variant , there is other choices like Coolpad cool play 6 and its has more ram than m6

  • G’n’T

    Looking forward to a review of this new handset from this site Joe. Particularly both front and rear cams and the Audio as well.

    • Joe

      yes, its coming soon!

      • G’n’T

        Excellent. Thank you!

  • Flipp0

    Correct me if I wrong but isnt the Samsung 2L7 an alternative sensor to IMX362? Some batches will ship with IMX362 and some with 2L7. Xiaomi do the same thing with Mi 5x, some ships with a sony sensor and some with a ominision sensor.

    • Joe

      you are right, the 2L7 is also a 12MP 1.4um sensor. Thanks for pointing it out, I have corrected it.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        which one is the worst of the two

        Also, as a prospective buyer of the phone, HOW EXACTLY would i know for sure which sensor is in my phone ?

        say, for instance, that i prefer the Sony Sensor. how exactly can i guarantee that i get the phone with the desired sensor ?

        • balcobomber25

          There really is no worst of the two. They offer comparable performance and Meizu will optimize both so you never notice a difference. Samsung has done this for years offered both a Sony and their own depending on which market. In head to head shootouts it’s almost always even.

          • Flipp0

            By your own logic: until it’s tested we don’t really know if thats true.

          • balcobomber25

            Your right we don’t know how well the M6 will perform. We don’t know anything about a camera until it’s tested.

            But he was asking about the differences between the two sensors, and we have seen them both in enough phones to determine there is no major difference between the two. So let me fix my statement for you:

            *If Meiu optimizes them correctly they will perform about the same.

  • rudra964

    Isn’t comparing the m6 note with the Mi5X more justifiable? Since both the phones offer almost similar specs and dual cameras on the back?

    • Muhammad Yasir

      right, M6 note might STILL truimph

      BUT look at the price difference ! $170 vs $250 … come on !

      • rudra964

        5X misses out on some smaller features like fast charging too. It isn’t as fast as the 18W charger provided with m6 note and Xiaomi has a history of making shit cameras or camera algos. The m6 note will win here too. Not to mention the heavily bloated MIUI. Flyme is much more well thought and faster in comparison.

        • balcobomber25

          “Xiaomi has a history of making shit cameras”

          According to who? There cameras aren’t always the greatest but they aren’t exactly shit either, in fact there cameras are usually better than Meizu in comparable models. The Mi5x also has quick charge. The M6 Note on paper looks to be an amazing camera but it still needs to be tested out. As for MIUI vs Flyme they both are great UI’s that is really up to personal preference. Flyme is a little faster, MIUI is a little more polished and Xiaomi has historically been better with updates.

          I am not bashing Meizu, I owned an MX5 and it is one of my favorite phones I ever owned.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            the cam on that mx5 was killer … wasn’t it ?

          • balcobomber25

            It was very good but I would say the Mi4 was a better overall camera.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            damn, OLDER mi4 was better than MX5

            that’s screwed up !

          • balcobomber25

            Not really, I would say that’s more a testament to the MX5. The Mi4 is one of the best cameras Xiaomi ever had (in my opinion), before the MX5, Meizu’s camera were decent but never anything special.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            sounds better that way !

          • rudra964

            ‘MIUI is a little more polished’ LOL! I own 2 Xiaomi and 2 Meizu devices and I absolutely hate MIUI and how it handles notifications. It hurts my brain and I see no one complaining about it (still can’t understand why) Talking about cameras, Xiaomi uses great sensors but their post processing algorithms always over sharpen the picture and boost the contrast too high. Year over year they use great sensors and end up underutilizing the sensor which is a big disappointment. In comparison Meizu does a better job with what they have on hand even if the result doesn’t match up with Xiaomi in all shooting conditions. I agree on the update part. Meizu needs to fix many long time existing bugs on Flyme.

          • balcobomber25

            Most people don’t complain because they buy Xiaomi specifically for MIUI. It’s not for everyone but it has a loyal following.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          i pretty much agree on everything

          but aren’t you too harsh on the camera? i mean Xiaomi have always been decent

          i haven’t used the MIUI but i am yet to hear about it being a bloated UI

          • rudra964

            It is too bloated, too many unnecessary features in one skin pretty much sums up MIUI and the way notifications are handled is utter shit. For the camera part, look at my reply to balcobomber25. Hope it explains why I’m too harsh.

    • balcobomber25

      Not really. Even though they have similar specs they are offered for a different set of customers. The Redmi Note 4 is the direct competition that is sold for the same price.

      • rudra964

        Not sure where you are from but RN4 is sold officially in India for 203$ for 4+64GB and m6 note retails in China for 250$ and Mi 5X is around 230$ through AliExpress. That’s why I said that the m6 note should be compared with Mi5X and not RN4.

        • balcobomber25

          When comparing phones you compare the starting price for each as well as the history of the brands. The Redmi Note 4 sells on Flipkart starting at 9999 rupees about $156. The base model of the M6 Note starts at around $165 in China. The base model Mi5x starts at around $220 in China.

          For starting prices the direct competitor to the M6 Note is the Redmi Note 4. Based on the history of the models, the M Note line was created specifically to challenge the Redmi Note series. That is why you will almost always see the two of them compared against each other.

    • Flipp0

      M6 Note is cheaper and will still have better battery life and camera performance compared to Mi5X.

      • rudra964

        Agree! It is a bit costlier in India than Mi5X but I’ll still prefer Meizu over Xiaomi.

      • balcobomber25

        On paper it has better camera performance but until it’s tested we don’t really know how good it is.

        • Flipp0

          If Meiu optimizes the camera correctly it will perform about the same as other phones that uses the same sensors.

          • balcobomber25

            Yup but Meizu hasn’t always done that. Some models have had very good cameras, some were terrible.

  • Assefa Hanson

    This is not their first snapdragon smartphone that goes to the m1 note Telecom sporting the sd 615, still a nice looking device and let’s wait for real world performance of their camera, their pro 6 had a power sensor that did not live up to standard in my opinion

    • balcobomber25

      I forgot all about that phone until you just mentioned it as I suspect most of us have.

      • Assefa Hanson

        Just don’t have anything better to do lol I didn’t even remember myself I just start to take these claims with a grain of salt and then do some research cause everything is an ad these days

  • Chris

    No LTE band 20. Unusable!

  • Marcus

    Will it have usb C?

  • The Calm Critic

    Nice….. Finally I can strike out Redmi Note 4 off my upgrade list with this. Hopefully it’ll come officially to Malaysia soon

  • Fox Hunter

    patent troll qualcomm chip? No thanks. I’ll take mediatek anyday.

  • James

    Why do all these brands keep skimping on NFC – surely most people want to use that for contactless payments these days? Just based on the specs listed and experience of prior Meizu phones, I would order one of these right now, if it had included NFC.

  • tommyboy7

    while i love Meizu phones (owned M2. M2 Note, M3, M3 Note, MX4, Mx5, and Pro 5) i have to admit that all Meizus while they were excellent devices, had software issues. Either the GPS was way off, proximity sensor was going crazy, auto brightness was not working…….You know, the basic stuff. I love the build of the devices, but Flyme is really really full of bugs. They iron something out and something else pops out. Little things, but very irritating. On the other hand i also owned probably 10 Xiaomis and i rarely had an issue at all. So you have to be fair and say that Xiaomi’s Miui cleary has the upper hand software wise. Nevermind prefering visaul aspect of one or the other. I would love a Meizu phone with a bug free OS. That would be a winner.

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