Meizu Launches All New Metal M3s
Meizu recently launched a successor to its popular M3 device, an all-metal body M3s. Along with metal body, the device also gets a fingerprint sensor at the physical home button of the device. A lot many people actually prefer the fingerprint sensor at the back, but Meizu has somehow decided to go the Samsung and iPhone way.
In terms of specifications, the phone will be available in two variants, 2GB/16 GB storage and 3GB/32GB storage. It comes with a 5 inch display featuring 720 semi-HD resolution along with 2.5D slightly curved glass. No word on gorilla glass protection, but since it’s a budget device, Meizu might have decided to do away with gorilla glass. The 5-inch form factor should make the device compact and easy to hold in hands. The rear camera on M3s is 13 megapixel, with an f/2.2 that uses a 5-element lens and dual tone LED, whereas the front facing camera is 5 megapixel, f/2.0 with 4-element lens for video calling and selfies.
Meizu M3s uses the same processor as that of M3, MediaTek MT6750 with 8 Cortex-A53 CPU cores. Of these eight, four cores are clocked at 1.50 GHz and the other four at 1.10 GHz. It also uses ARM Mali T860 GPU. Coupled with 2/3 GB of RAM, the power under the hood should be sufficient enough to play heavy games and use applications without any lag. It also comes with a hybrid dual-sim support, which lets users expand memory upto 128 GB. The hybrid dual-sim support is quite popular amongst budget devices which let customers use either two sim cards, or one sim card and a memory card.
In terms of OS, the device comes with company’s heavily loaded, Flyme OS5.1 on top of Android Lollipop 5.1, which would be disappointing for some people as Android N has already been announced. As far as connectivity features go, the device offers WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS. No infrared blaster on the device as well which could be deal breaker for many considering the applications of IR could be many.
The selling point however, for the company is the finger print sensor, which unlocks the device in as fast as 0.2 seconds. The device also gets a bigger battery than its predecessor. While M3 had 2870mAh, the M3s boasts of 3020 mAh. Considering how heavily skinned Flyme OS is, a bigger battery will be quite useful. The device is available in Gold, Silver and Pink options in China at $106 for 2GB/16GB variant, whereas the 3Gb/32 GB version is priced at $136. No word yet on international availability of the device.
M3s primarily competes with its Chinese counterpart, Xiomi’s Redmi Note 3, which also has more or less similar specifications and falls under similar price range. While Redmi Note 3 has already been around in India for more than a month, it will be difficult for Meizu to cover grounds when it launches M3s in India.
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by techtalks @TechTalks July 11, 2016 5:09 AM UTC