Meizu seems to be in quite a hurry this year. The Chinese OEM has been on a launch spree ever since the beginning of this year - possibly to achieve the ambitious sales no the company is targeting by the end of this year.
However, the end users aren't quite happy with the present marketing strategy followed by the company. More so because, Meizu is making their devices extinct by launching an upgrade every three to four months.
This principle is more so applicable for their mid-range phablet offering. After having launched the M1 Note at the beginning of this year, the company launched a second iteration M2 Note (touting it as a upgrade) within three months of previous launch.
Now it seems that Meizu is gearing up to kill the M2 Note too, and this time with a metal build design. Spotted at Antutu a few days back, the alleged device made a hands on appearance in China yesterday.
Meizu followed this up with an imminent launch date of the device. So let's find out whether this device is grossly different from the existing M2 Note. Or is it yet another Meizu gimmick?
Metal Build with 8.2mm thinness
The upcoming phablet from Meizu will sports a metal back plate in line with the construction philosophy followed with the Meizu MX5. However the two horizontal lines seen on top and the bottom end of the back plate of MX5, is apparently absent.
5.5 inch 2.5D Full HD display
The Meizu's upcoming phablet uses a curved Full HD (1920x1080) display for better viewing angles. Meizu had always been quite nitpicky about picking display for their device, and this time it won't be an exception. It is expected that the Chinese OEM will uses a top of the line Sharp/JDI made IGZO panel.
Mediatek Helio X10 SoC under the hood
As per reports the upcoming device will sport the powerful Helio X10 (MT6795) 2.0GHz octa core SoC. Just in case Meizu markets this device as an upgrade to their existing M2 Note (as per some reports), then existing M2 Note and MX5 owners would feel rather cheated. While the M2 Note features a low power MT6753 SoC, the flagship MX5 sports the same Helio X10 chip that is rumored to come with the upcoming phablet.
2GB RAM along with 16GB of internal storage
As expected from a mid-range phablet offering the alleged device sports a modest 2GB of RAM.
The upcoming device is reported to come with a 16GB of inbuilt memory along with a memory expansion slot. The slot supports MicroSD cards upto 128GB.
13MP Autofocus Rear
Just like previous iterations of mid-range phablets from Meizu (M1 Note/M2 Note), the upcoming device will sport a 13MP rear Autofocus camera. The Chinese OEM however would opt for a Samsung/Toshiba sensor instead of a Sony made one to keep costs at bay.
5MP Selfie Snapper
The 5MP Selfie Camera has become a norm in most mid-range phablets available in the market. In all probabilities Meizu will be using an Omnivision sensor for the selfie snapper.
Alibaba on the board!
Surprisingly the new device is reported to be using the YunOS 3.1.6. It is the OS that Meizu developers built in collaboration with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Meizu had launched an iteration of their flagship MX4 with this OS last year.
To come in five colour variants
The leaked images shows the upcoming phablet touting five different coloured back plates - white, grey, gold, pink and blue. The presence of different color variants leads to the assumption that it is indeed an upgrade of the existing M2 Note.
To be priced similar to the M2 Note
According to a report by a GizChina, the M2 Note will come with a price tag of just 999 Yuan (Rs 9,999 approx.). So expect the device to be priced around the Rs 11,999 in India - similar to the launch price of M2 Note/M1 Note.
Launching next week!
The alleged device will be launching as early as next week. Meizu has scheduled an event on October 21st at 2.30am in China. Expect Meizu to bring this device to India by year end.