Chinese smartphone companies are getting even more aggressive with the pricing of their products to beat the fierce competition set by their counterparts. Smartphone maker Meizu is set to take on its competitors by introducing its new refreshed m3 smartphone, which has been announced at an event held in China.
The new m3 packs in slightly better specifications, though most of its traits remain the same as the last year's m3 smartphone. In terms of body, the new m3 features a poly-carbonate body and lacks a fingerprint sensor.
Speaking of specifications in detail, the latest Meizu m3 flaunts a 5-inch HD display offering 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, with 2.5D curved glass. The main difference has been brought about in the chipset specification, as the newbie is powered by a 1.5 GHz octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 processor with Mali T860 GPU, whereas the previous gen model had the MT6735 chipset.
It is available in two versions, including a 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage variant and a 3GB RAM with 32GB storage model. Both the variants support expandable memory up to 128GB via microSD.
Rest of the features including a 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 5P Lens and phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) with focus speed of 0.2 seconds, and a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 and 4P lens, remain the same as the predecessor.
The Chinese versions of the smartphone run YunOS with FlyMe 5.1 on the top. However, in India, the phone should be launched with Android OS wrapped under the native FlyMe UI.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS / GLONASS, and dual SIM with 4G support on both. The point to notice is that it has hybrid SIM slot, which means that you can use the second slot as a microSD slot when required. To pump up power, there is a 2870mAh battery in-house.
The Meizu m3 has been launched in Gold, White, Grey, Blue and Pink colors. As far as its price is concerned, the 2GB RAM variant has been priced at 599 yuan (approximately Rs. 6,150) and the 3GB model comes for 799 yuan (approximately Rs 8,200). It is available for order from the official store in China, and will be shipped starting April 29. The company has not given out details on its launch in other countries.