After months of leaks, Meizu has finally launched the Meizu E3 upper mid-range phone through an unveil event in China. It is fully loaded with impressive specs like 18:9 display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, stellar dual rear cameras and 20W fast charging.
Design, Display and Performance
The Meizu E3 features a metal unibody design that measures 156.8 x 75 x 7.6 mm and it weighs 160 grams. The antenna bands can be seen running along the top and bottom edges of the back panel. Like the Meizu M6S, the Meizu E3 also features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is present as a depression on the right edge of the phone. The Power key is also located above the fingerprint scanner while the volume rocker is placed on the left side of the E3.
The Meizu E3 features a 5.99-inch LTPS In-Cell display that offers Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It supports up to 85 percent NTSC color gamut.
The 14nm Snapdragon 636 chipset powers the Meizu E3 along with 6 GB of LPDRR4X. The handset comes in two storage sizes such as 64 GB and 128 GB. It is fueled by a 3,360mAh battery that will allow its users to enjoy 6 hours of online video, 86 hour of video play back and continuous gaming for nearly 6 hours. The cold mCharge technology that offers 20W fast charging ensures that the temperature remains low while charging the Meizu E3 rapidly. It allows the handset to gain 53 percent of battery power in 30 minutes.
Cameras and Other Features
The vertically stacked dual rear cameras include dual pixel autofocus f/1.9 aperture 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 that has pixel size of 1.4micron as the primary sensor and f/2.6 aperture 20-megapixel Sony IMX350 as the secondary sensor. Both the lenses are protected by sapphire glass. The dual rear cameras are enabled with features like dual-LED flash, 1.8x optical zoom and 2.5x loseless zoom.
It is equipped with a selfie snapper of f/2.0 aperture 8-megapixel. With ArcSoft algorithm, the Meizu E3’s front camera can optimize the skin tone while capturing selfie shots. The front camera also supports facial recognition feature.
The side-mounted fingerprint scanner can unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds. It also features the Super mBack button that brings support for gestures for accessing home screen, Back function and recently used apps.
The Meizu E3 is preinstalled with Flyme 7 OS, a customized version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It brings along includes OneMind AI and game mode 2.0. The other features of the Meizu E3 include X12 LTE modem for high-speed 4G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0. USB-C, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G VoLTE, GLONASS, GPS and A-GPS.
Different Variants, Pricing and Availability
The 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM Meizu E3 variant is priced at 1,799 Yuan (~$285) whereas the higher model featuring 128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM has a price tag of 1,999 Yuan (~$315). It will be available in color options like blue, black and gold. The blue variant has a distinctive red colored Power key. Meizu is also selling a variety of Kumamon accessories for the Meizu E3. The entire set of accessories can be availed for 599 Yuan (~$95).
Named after J-20 fighter jet, the Meizu E3 J-20 Collector’s Edition is a customized limited edition that features a sophisticated zinc alloy chassis. It will be also available in two models. The base model featuring 64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM is priced at 1,999 Yuan (~$315) whereas the higher variant having 128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM costs at 2,499 Yuan (~$395). Meizu will be selling only 2,000 units of the Meizu E3 J-20 starting from April 9. It comes with a customized J-20 case, a memorial card and SIM-eject pin.
The reservations of the Meizu E3 will begin today in China at 4 PM on platforms like Meizu’s online store, TMall, JD and Suning. The official sales of the Meizu E3 will begin across these e-commerce sites as well as some more from March 31. Some of the buyers of the Meizu E3 who find out something hidden in the game will be provided with an exclusive gift package of “Wilderness Action” game goodies when they purchase the phone on March 31.
What do you think about the Meizu E3’s specs and features? Share us your views by posting your comments below.