Meizu has just announced its second phone with a Qualcomm SoC which could be one of the best-sellers of 2018. This midrange looks like a perfect rival of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, the new affordable Xiaomi handset which already had huge success in Asia. Will Meizu be able to compete with Xiaomi this year or Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro will be the best phone to purchase at an affordable price like its predecessor? Through this specs comparison we will try to understand which is the best among Meizu E3 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, and which has the best value for money.
Meizu E3 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
|Meizu E3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||156.8 x 75 x 7.6 mm, 160 grams||158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 181 grams|
|DISPLAY||5,99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, LTPS LCD||5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, Flyme 7||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 12 + 20 MP f/1.9 + f/2.6
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 12 + 5 MP f/2.2 + f/2.0
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
20W Fast charging (mCharge 3.0)
Fast Charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the cheaper alternative, while the Meizu E3 is the most expensive one, but their specs sheet are far from being different. The two devices have exactly the same screen size and resolution, with Meizu E3 being a bit more compact. Both have the powerful and power-efficient Snapdragon 636 SoC, but Meizu E3 comes with 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB while its opponent has 6 GB RAM and just 64 GB of internal storage in its most expensive configuration. Given that Meizu E3 has just been made official, there is still no way to test its camera performances, but on the paper it seems a more interesting camera phone with its 12 + 20 MP dual camera which has a bright f/1.9 aperture and supports 2.5x lossless zoom. The display also seems better on the Meizu E3 with its LTPS technology and up to 85 NTSC color gamut.
On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a potentially better selfie camera with a 20 MP resolution, and also a much bigger battery (3360 mAh vs 4000 mAh). So, the Redmi Note 5 Pro will probably shoot better selfies and it will last much more on a single charge, even though Meizu E3 will still offer a great battery life due to its power-efficient chipset. Meizu E3 will charge a lot faster thanks to its lower battery capacity and the mCharge 3.0 technology which is able to reach 53% of charge in just 30 minutes.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced about $218 in its 4/64 GB configuration and about $265 in the 6/128 GB, while Meizu E3 costs $315 in the 6/64 GB version and $395 in its 6/128 GB variant. Note that these are the Indian prices, the handset are not in the global market yet. With the actual prices, you would better go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro for its higher value for money, unless you care a lot about the main camera department. But this does not mean that the E3 is a worse device.
Meizu E3 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: PRO and CONS
- More compact design
- 6 GB RAM and up to 128 GB storage
- Very fast charging
- Potentially better rear camera
- Better display
- Higher price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
- Affordable price
- Monster battery
- Good selfie camera
- Nothing special to say