Meizu M2 Note review of the most interesting smartphone with MT6753 processor

26.07.2015 34861 18


The Meizu M2 Note smartphone was released just six months after the release of the previous model of the same line, Blue Charm or Meilan, as it is called in China. Many of us doubted that after such a short period of time the manufacturer was able to significantly update something in an already quite successful device, but there were still hopes for this. They were fueled by various rumors around the novelty, which supposedly was supposed to get a more powerful processor and more RAM.


However, on June 2nd, at the presentation of the M2 Note, we were only presented with an actually more affordable version of the previous model. If outwardly, apart from cosmetic changes, there were practically no serious differences in the novelty, with the exception of an innovation in the form of an interesting Home button, which the manufacturer called "mBack", then inside this device everything has changed dramatically. The novelty received a weaker processor and graphics chip, which, at first glance, did not cause us anything but a sense of disappointment from the manufacturer. However, in reality, everything turned out to be not so bad. In addition, the manufacturer added support for memory cards and 4G LTE networks to the M2 Note smartphone.

The manufacturer left some points unchanged - built-in cameras, almost the same battery and the same amount of built-in and RAM. Indeed, why change something that has already shown itself perfectly, especially given the strategy of reducing the cost of the device.

Thus, Meizu M2 Note has retained many of the features of its predecessor, but at the same time it has become more attractive in terms of price and, for many, more convenient to use. And we, according to the established tradition, decided to test this device in our so-called amateur laboratory in order to get a complete impression of this new product and share it with you in our honest review of this smartphone. You could already see the video version of our review on our Youtube channel, and now it's time to acquaint you with its text version, which, perhaps, will shed light on some moments left behind the scenes.

Well, let's get down to business, and we will start, according to tradition, with a description of the packaging and appearance of the device.

Options and appearance Meizu M2 Note

Smartphone Meizu M2 Note comes in a light cardboard box, which is very similar to the packaging of the previous model in this line. Under its cover, we immediately see the smartphone itself, a branded clip to remove the SIM card tray and a charger. It is noteworthy that the main part of the paper clip has a cloud-shaped cutout, which corresponds to the designation of Meizu's proprietary Flyme software shell. The name of the shell is also engraved on the paperclip. Under the smartphone is a branded USB cable.


So, the scope of delivery of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone looks like this:

  • The smartphone itself.
  • Charger with a current of 2A.
  • White USB cable.
  • Warranty card.
  • A paperclip to remove the SIM tray.

As you can see, the delivery package of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone is rather meager, although we did not expect anything else from this manufacturer.

It is possible that the form of packaging of official batches for the CIS countries will be somewhat different, but we traditionally got a sample for the Chinese domestic market in the most suitable version for our networks for testing. And if you order this device for yourself in China, then, most likely, the packaging and equipment will be just that.

The quality and design of the packaging remained at the same high level typical for Meizu. Although it is now difficult to find a manufacturer in China who has not yet learned how to make high-quality packaging for their smartphones. However, you won’t find any frills here, since you shouldn’t expect richly designed packaging from an inexpensive smartphone.

Let's move on to the appearance of the smartphone.

Appearance Meizu M2 Note

The front panel of the device is made of protected glass, produced by two well-known Japanese companies. You may come across a copy with Dragontrail glass from the well-known manufacturer Asahi, or Dinorex T2X-1 glass from Nippon Electric.


But what kind of glass will be in your smartphone, of course, you will not know.

The M1 Note features Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Moreover, the same glass is indicated on the Russian and English versions of the Meizu website for the M2 Note. This is most likely a mistake, since it would be strange to install glasses from different manufacturers for the markets of other countries. Unfortunately, we do not know the difference in the quality of Gorilla Glass, Dragontrail and Dinorex glasses in practical application, since we have not been engaged in special research in this area.


At the bottom of the M2 Note's front panel, your attention will immediately be attracted by an oval-shaped mechanical button, which the manufacturer called mBack. We will talk about the operation of this button later. However, we will immediately say for those who have not read our publications before that you will not find the fingerprint scanner function in the button of this smartphone, although it is somewhat similar to the Meizu MX4 Pro button, where it took place.


At the top of the M2 Note's front panel, you'll find a speaker, a front camera window, and two proximity and light sensor windows.

The body of the smartphone is made non-separable, and its material was polycarbonate, as in the previous model M1 Note.


On the rear surface of the case, from top to bottom, there is a round window of the rear camera and a dual two-color LED flash module with a cold and warm tone of light, and at the very bottom there is the manufacturer's logo.


On the right side of the Meizu M2 Note case, we see a tray for two Nano-SIM cards, and instead of a SIM card, you can install a Micro-SD memory card up to 128 GB in the 1st slot.


The appearance of a slot for a memory card in Meizu smartphones can be regarded as a great event, since before that the manufacturer strictly adhered to the iPhone concept - no removable media that could affect the speed of the applications installed on them.


There is only one radio module in the smartphone, so when calling from one of the cards, communication with the second one will be unavailable. However, both cards support GSM, 3G and 4G networks.

On the left side of the smartphone are the power and volume buttons. On the one hand, the transfer of the power button from the upper end of the case, as it was in the company's smartphones up to this point, to the side face is a big plus. On the other hand, the location of the buttons on the left side face requires some getting used to those who are used to operating more with their right hand.


On the bottom of the M2 Note case, you will find cutouts for an external speaker, a spoken microphone, and a Micro-USB connector. Whereas on the upper end of the device you will find a second microphone for noise reduction and sound recording in stereo mode, as well as a 3.5 mm headset or headphone jack.


As we said above, the Meizu M2 Note case is non-separable, and there is no access to the battery. The build quality, despite the low cost of the device, is very high. No backlashes or squeaks were found in our sample. The problem of a shaking SIM tray, as it was in its predecessor, is also not here.


It is quite comfortable to hold the M2 Note in your hand, even taking into account the rather large diagonal of the display. Despite the apparent similarity in design with the M1 Note, the M2 Note has a completely different feel in the hand. The edges of the case are more rounded, like in the iPhone 5C, and this makes the new one feel thicker than its predecessor, although in fact its case is 0.2 mm thinner.

Meizu M2 Note measures 75.2x150.9x8.7 mm and weighs 149 grams. In fact, the novelty is 4 grams heavier than the M1 Note, 0.2 mm thinner, but the same 0.2 mm longer.

Overall, the ergonomics of the M2 Note are pretty good, and getting used to working with it comes quickly.

Next, let's move on to the technical part of the smartphone, starting traditionally with the display.

Display Meizu M2 Note

Like its predecessor, the M2 Note has a 5.5-inch display and Full-HD resolution (a pixel density of about 401 ppi). This device uses an IGZO matrix from SHARP, and the screen is made using GFF (full lamination) technology. Thanks to the bonding of glass and two touch films without air gaps, viewing angles are maximum here and do not fade at angles. At the same time, the picture quality on the M2 Note display is very high, which is the hallmark of SHARP panels.

The maximum brightness level of the display is very high and sufficient for comfortable operation even in direct sunlight. The color reproduction is excellent, and the gray color has no impurities of other shades of colors. From different angles, the picture does not acquire yellow or purple hues, which is often observed in smartphones from many manufacturers, including the M1 Note. All this speaks of the high quality of the display used in the Meizu M2 Note.


It should be mentioned that the previous model, the M1 Note smartphone, also used a display from SHARP, although there are slight differences in the picture when comparing both devices in person.


The frames along the edges of the display have a height of about 15 mm at the top and bottom, and on the right and left their thickness is 3-3.5 mm. The multi-touch display test showed that the M2 Note supports up to 10 simultaneous touches. In practice, this will be useful to few people, but it is almost impossible to find this in smartphones of this price segment.

Let's move on to the Meizu M2 Note interface.

Interface and software platform

The Meizu M2 Note smartphone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with the proprietary Flyme 4.5 shell. The touch response of the touchscreen is excellent, there are absolutely no lags or slowdowns in the interface.

With a swipe down from the status bar, you will open the notification panel and a quick access menu to the main functions - turning on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, adjusting the display brightness level, activating silent mode, etc. Swiping up from the bottom of the desktop will open the recently used apps bar.


Let us consider in detail the operation of the mBack mechanical button, since it is a novelty and the pride of the manufacturer. A short press on this button will take you to the desktop. In the standard settings of the button, a long press on it activates the voice assistant. But since the voice assistant only supports control in Chinese, in our version of the smartphone it is more expedient to set another function to a long press, for example, the activation of sleep mode. For some, the mBack button will seem uncomfortable or too tight, but during our use of this smartphone, the operation of the button seemed clear and thoughtful to us, and it was a pleasure to use it.


In the personalization menu, you can change the desktop theme and set different wallpapers. In the screen settings, you can choose a colder or warmer version of the shades of the displayed colors. And in the menu for selecting the type of power consumption, you can choose one of three operating modes, depending on the battery charge and the required tasks. In the most economical mode, the smartphone can only be used to make calls and read SMS messages. In this mode, the time of using the smartphone can be increased up to 5 days.


In the menu of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone, you will also find various smart functions. Double-tap on the display to wake up your smartphone, swipe up to unlock the device, and swipe down to open the notifications panel. With a swipe left or right, you can switch songs while listening to music, and by drawing a symbol on the display, you will open the corresponding application assigned to the menu.


Also in the menu of the device there is a SmartTouch function. When activated, a white circle appears on the smartphone display, with which you can more conveniently navigate between the menu and the desktop of the device. So, a single tap on this circle will replace the "Back" function, and a double tap will close the tab or menu in use. Swiping up from this area will take you to the desktop, and swiping down will open the notification panel. You can change the location of this circle of the SmartTouch function at your discretion if you hold your finger on it for a long time.


The Meizu M2 Note smartphone has an OTA function, that is, a wireless firmware update (“over the air”). In practice, it really works and the phone receives updates without failures.

Let's move on to testing the Meizu M2 Note smartphone in various benchmarks, starting, as usual, with AnTuTu.

Performance testing and other benchmarks

The Meizu M2 Note smartphone runs on a 64-bit Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with a pre-installed proprietary Flyme shell version 4.5. The device is powered by an 8-core 64-bit MT6753 processor with a clock speed reduced to 1.3 GHz. This chip works in conjunction with a 3-core video accelerator Mali-T720 MP3 with a clock frequency of 450 MHz. The amount of RAM in the M2 Note is 2 GB, and the built-in memory is 16 GB, of which about 11.5 GB is available to the user. Later, a version with 32 GB of internal memory will appear on the market, but we will not have it for testing.


In the test of the Antutu v5.7.1 program, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone showed 31323 points, which is almost 25% less than the previous model, Meizu M1 Note.

Let's move on to testing 3D graphics. In the 3DMark test in Extreme mode for Full HD resolution, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone showed an expectedly low result of 4271 points, which is almost a third lower than in the M1 Note.


When tested in the Epic Citadel program, the results were also low - about 25.6 fps. In the same test, the M1 Note showed over 40 fps.

Let's check the operation of the smartphone in practice in the game Asphalt 8. At medium settings, the Meizu M2 Note coped with this game without any problems, but when changing the settings to the maximum, the game began to noticeably slow down. After 10 minutes of gaming, the temperature of the device's case rose to above average levels.

Built-in sensors and GPS testing (see video for details)

Let's check what built-in sensors the Meizu M2 Note smartphone is equipped with. The Sensor List program will traditionally help us in this.


In fact, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone has the following built-in sensors: an accelerometer, a magnetic field sensor, a gyroscope, a spatial orientation sensor, a gravity sensor, a linear acceleration sensor, a vector rotation sensor, as well as light and proximity sensors. Given that this device belongs to the class of inexpensive smartphones, we were pleased with the level of equipment with built-in sensors.


Let's move on to the work of GPS navigation


After a cold start and without a Wi-Fi connection, the smartphone connects to the satellites instantly. Positioning accuracy is high. However, the device does not see GLONASS satellites. True, for many of you this fact is not significant. So, we can say that there will be no problems in everyday use of GPS navigation in the Meizu M2 Note smartphone.

Next, we will check the operation of the built-in cameras.

Testing Meizu M2 Note cameras

According to the manufacturer, the rear camera of the Meizu M2 Note received a sensor from Samsung with a resolution of 13 megapixels. The camera module uses 5 lenses, a blue filter for correct color reproduction and protective glass Gorilla Glass 3 on the outside. The aperture value is F/2.2. The flash for the rear camera is double and has 2 tones of glow - cold and warm.


As for the front camera, here, at first glance, there have also been no changes compared to the M1 Note. The front camera uses the same 5MP OV5670 sensor from OmniVision. The camera design uses 4 lenses, the viewing angle is 69°, and the aperture value is F/2.0.

Consider the camera interface. Immediately striking is the difference between the interface and the one we are used to in Android 5.1 Lollipop. Although all the functions familiar to us are present here. In the settings, you can select the maximum photo and video size - 13 megapixels and Full-HD, respectively, enable the HDR function, activate the geotagging function, enable timer-delayed shooting, etc.

The camera menu also has the ability to apply various filters to the image (negative, sepia, etc.). But we are primarily interested in the possibility of manual camera settings. You can access them by swiping right in the camera settings menu. In this mode, you can choose the shutter speed using the slider, the value of ISO sensitivity (ISO) and exposure, as well as manually control the focus.

Also in the settings menu, you can select any of the software shooting modes - portrait, panorama, focus shift mode, barcode scanning mode, as well as slow motion, which is carried out with a resolution of 480x640 pixels at 100 fps.

The quality of the images from the rear camera is very similar to those from the previous model, M1 Note, and not surprisingly. The camera determines the white balance very accurately, correctly reproduces the colors, and the pictures are highly sharp. The Meizu M2 Note should be commended for quickly launching the camera app and quickly saving pictures, and the camera for fast and accurate autofocus. All in all, the quality of the rear camera shots in this device definitely exceeds all expectations from a smartphone at such a low price.

We also have no complaints about shooting video, although one could find fault with an overly sharp change in exposure. The maximum video resolution is 1920x1080 pixels at 30 fps.

As for the front camera, the daytime shots from it are very good. But once the lighting conditions get more challenging, there are noticeable noises that the camera can't handle, despite the rather high aperture value.

We also have minor complaints about the accuracy of determining the white balance, although the algorithm of the FotoNation function, which is pre-installed by the manufacturer to improve the quality of images, may be to blame. But in general, the front camera of the Meizu M2 Note can be praised.

Next, we will check the autonomy of the Meizu M2 Note and whether there will be differences in this indicator from the previous model.

Battery test

According to the manufacturer, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone has a 3100 mAh battery from SONY. It is almost identical to that used in its predecessor. However, we do not have the opportunity to personally verify this, since access to the battery is not provided in both models.


In the AnTuTu Battery Test program, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone showed an amazingly high score of 10060 points. Recall that the previous model M1 Note barely scored 7000 points, although that result is quite good. Probably, such a tangible difference is due to the weaker and more energy-efficient hardware stuffing M2 Note.

In practice, you will have to charge the Meizu M2 Note smartphone once every 1.5-2 days at a normal level of use. Although when using 4G networks, which are supported by this device, unlike its predecessor, the autonomy of work will inevitably be reduced.


Let's test the sound of the Meizu M2 Note external speaker. Its volume level remained about the same high as in the previous model. You have to try not to hear such a speaker. At the same time, the sound quality from the external speaker is excellent, it is clear, and there is no trace of any distortion.


As for the sound in the headphones, everything here is at the same high level. The volume level may be slightly lower than in the M1 Note, but listening to songs on the M2 Note will definitely give you pleasure.

There is no built-in radio in Meizu M2 Note, just like in the previous model.

Well, now it's time to sum up our testing.



Let's start with the advantages of the device:

1) Reasonably low cost of a smartphone, given the brand's fame, build quality and components, as well as excellent software. At the time of writing this review, Meizu M2 Note can be purchased in China for no more than $160.

2) The work of built-in cameras, especially the rear.

3) High autonomy of work.

4) Mechanical button mBack. Despite all the negative reviews, we really liked her work, and it was very convenient to use it.

5) Excellent display.

Let's move on to the disadvantages :

1) Glossy body finish. It is erased rather quickly, and the case takes on a not very presentable appearance. We advise you to choose the gray color of the case, which has a matte finish, or carry your smartphone in a bumper case.

2) The appearance of support for memory cards in the device could be added to the asset, but at the same time we are faced with a choice - one SIM card and a memory card, or two SIM cards. Why it was impossible to make a separate memory card slot - we do not understand. Although partially the problem of lack of internal memory can be compensated by ordering a device with 32 GB of internal memory. True, at the moment they are not yet available for order.

3) Weak processor and video chip. In addition, a stripped-down version of the MT6753 processor is used here. Fans of mobile games, this smartphone is definitely not suitable. Yes, and the resolution of slow motion by this processor is supported quite low.

As you can see, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone has more advantages. In fact, this device turned out to be very successful, and all the disadvantages are explained only by the manufacturer's attempt to launch a more affordable version of the smartphone of this line on the market. And for many of you, all these disadvantages will seem insignificant. So, to find a better offer in this segment of the smartphone market, perhaps, it will not work yet.

Video review

In conclusion of the review, we present all the characteristics of Meizu M2 Note

  • Device type: smartphone/phablet.
  • Available colors: gray, white, pink, blue.
  • Case materials: plastic, glass.
  • Operating system: Flyme 4.5 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Networks (depending on phone versions):

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (band 5/8/3/2);

TD-SCDMA: 1880-1920, 2010-2025 MHz;

UMTS: 900/1900/2100 MHz;

FDD LTE: 1800/2600 MHz (band 3/7);

TDD-LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600 MHz (band 39/40/41/38)

  • SIM cards: Dual Nano-SIM, Dual Standby
  • Processor: MT6753, 64 bit, 1.3 GHz, 8 cores Cortex A53
  • Video accelerator: Mali-T720 MP3, 450 MHz
  • RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3, 800 MHz
  • Storage Memory: 16 or 32 GB, Micro-SD card slot up to 128 GB in SIM1 slot
  • Interfaces: Micro-USB 2.0, dual band 2.4/5.0 GHz WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n), Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0, OTA, OTG, 3.5 mm audio
  • Screen: IGZO , Sharp/AUO, 5.5'' Full HD (1920x1080), OGS, GFF, 401 ppi, AGC Dragontrail/NEG T2X-1 glass
  • Cameras: rear 13 MP (4160x3120), Samsung ISOCELL, f/2.2, 5 lenses + protective glass Gorilla Glass 3, autofocus, digital stabilization, two-tone LED flash (continuous shooting, digital zoom, geo-tagging, touch focus, recognition face, HDR, panorama, ISO selection, exposure compensation, white balance, timer, scene selection), 1080p@30fps video; front 5 MP (2592x1944), f/2.0, OmniVision OV5670, PureCel, 4 lenses, 69°
  • Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Battery: non-removable, SONY, 3100 mAh
  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7mm
  • Weight: 149g
Author: Андрей Ковтун Publication date: 26.07.2015


Total comments: 18
Jeka 0
Вот думаю между этим и Elephone P8000 взять. Тут меня больше привлекает сам производитель, а там - емкий аккумулятор. Что вы думаете по этому поводу?
Как лучше взять?
28.07.2015 21:17
Иван 0
На мой взгляд самый привлекательный вариант, если рассматривать среди конкурентов.
Но меня сам бренд мейзу бесит из-за их флайма и невозможности ставить кастом
27.07.2015 13:50
Руся 0
Почему бесит? По-моему наоборот компания очень даже интересная и намного лучше всяких ленов и т.д даже нокиа к ним подтянуться должна. Короче, не заморачивайтесь и берите. Классный смарт и классный бренд
27.07.2015 21:26
Claus 0
Где можно купить? Почему не указали?
27.07.2015 10:06
Андрей Ковтун 0
Все будет...
27.07.2015 10:06
Влад 0
Блин, все в этом смарте нравится, только вот есть у него значительный минус, из-за которого он кажется не таким сладким - комбинированный слот это ужас. Зачем ваще эта хрень вошла в моду
27.07.2015 09:11
Паха 0
Смотрю уже давно в сторону этого смарта... Кто уже пользуется хотя бы несколько недель, что скажите? Подумываю при купить себе аппарат, нужно знать отзывы.
26.07.2015 18:27
Alik 0
Я юзаю это тело уже 6 дней, пока что весомых недостатков не заметил, но и не могу сказать, что он стоит больше 160 баксов. Пока что держу нейтралитет
27.07.2015 00:06
Влад 0
Не знаю, а я разочарован в действиях мейзу, м1 был намного лучше и эта кнопка механическая смотрится реально печально.... Прохожу мимо этой новинки
26.07.2015 18:07
Кирилл 0
И чем же это вас так напрягает кнопка? По-моему как раз без неё все было печально
26.07.2015 18:08
Кирилл 0
Реально, первый ваш адекватный обзор! Спасибо, помогли сделать выбор.
26.07.2015 16:39
Andrey_88 0
Отличный и подробный обзор!
26.07.2015 16:37
Петя 0
Купил себе уже этот смартфон. В принципе доволен, но канешь в мощные игры на нем не погамаешь. зато батарейку держит классно. В обшем я доволен.
В обзоре не раскрыт вопрос звука, а это для многих важно.
В наушниках звук обалденный. Перед жтим была жуйка 4, есть с чем сравнить
26.07.2015 16:24
Andrey_88 0
Вопрос звука полностью раскрыт в обзоре!
26.07.2015 16:39
Катя 0
Заказала этот смартфон в цитрусе, пришел с браком (битый пиксель). Отказались делать возврат денег! Рекомендую не заказывать товар в этом магазине! И тщательно проверять перед тем как платить деньги!
П.С. Почему в обзоре нет фотографий с камеры, хотелось бы их видеть
26.07.2015 16:11


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