Meizu M2 Note vs Elephone P8000: two of the most popular smartphones under $160 compared
1. Comparison of the appearance of smartphones, their dimensions and weight
2. Comparison of displays
3. Performance comparison
4. Comparison of the arsenal of built-in sensors
5. Comparison of GPS navigation performance
6. Case heating comparison
7. Comparison of sound from external speakers
8. Headphone sound comparison
9. Battery life comparison
Comparison Meizu M 2 Note and Elephone P 8000
Due to numerous requests from our readers and subscribers, we decided to conduct a face-to-face comparison of the two most popular smartphones in the price segment under $160 - Meizu M 2 Note and Elephone P 8000. Each of these devices has already been separately tested by us earlier. And if for some reason you have not yet read our reviews of these two smartphones, then you will find them at the following links: Meizu M2 Note review - here , and Elephone P8000 review - here .
Before we start our comparison of these two devices, let's recall their main technical characteristics. And although in many ways their hardware is identical, which was the reason for this comparison, these smartphones also have serious differences. For clarity, we have summarized the main characteristics of Meizu M2 Note and Elephone P8000 in one table:
MT6753, 1.3 GHz
MT6753, 1.3 GHz
Memory card slot
Resolution of built-in cameras
13 MP and 5 MP
13 MP and 5 MP
Battery capacity, mAh
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 ;
WCDMA: 900/1900/2100 ;
GSM : 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 900/2100 ;
150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7
155.2 x 76.6 x 9.2
Fingerprint scanner, FM radio
As you can see, some differences between these two smartphones are quite significant, but we will return to them when summing up. And now we will begin our comparison, and the first item we will consider the appearance of these devices, their dimensions and weight.
Both smartphones look interesting and not boring. The appearance of the mBack touch-mechanical button added a certain charm to the appearance of the Meizu M2 Note, while we really liked its functionality, which we did not forget to mention in the review of this model. The case of this smartphone is completely plastic, but it does not seem simple. The matte finish in the gray version also plays an important role in this. Thanks to the rounded edges, the Meizu M2 Note sits very comfortably in the hand and does not slip out. However, the location of the power and volume buttons on the left side causes some inconvenience, at least for those who are used to working with a smartphone with their right hand.
As for the appearance of Elephone P8000, we have no complaints here either. Despite the large dimensions compared to the Meizu M2 Note case (the Elephone P8000 case is longer and thicker), this smartphone is no less comfortable to hold in your hand. It also has rounded case edges and corners, and a carbon-look textured back cover looks quite advantageous. The power and volume buttons are well placed and easy to use. The ring of the touch button home, which received a blue backlight, also looks nice. The only thing you can complain about here is the location of the front camera. The manufacturer moved it as far as possible to the upper end of the case, which not only gave the rear panel the appearance of a kind of cyclops or train locomotive, if you like, but also brought some inconvenience to users when shooting with this camera. And the metal lining to protect the camera and flash only further emphasizes this. However, the body materials of the Elephone P8000 are richer. The presence of a metal frame and a frame around the perimeter can definitely be added to the asset of this smartphone.
The assembly of both smartphones is very high quality and there is absolutely nothing to complain about here.
In addition to large dimensions, the Elephone P8000 smartphone also distinguished itself by its large weight, which you could see in the table above. Almost 60 grams of difference is simply impossible not to feel. We understand that the increase in weight in the Elephone P8000 is due to the presence of a metal frame and a battery with a higher capacity, but in practice, for a female audience, the device may seem not only bulky, but also cause fatigue during prolonged use from such a weight.
We will not evaluate which smartphone received a more pleasant design, since it is very difficult to remain objective in this matter. Therefore, the results of this chapter will be as follows: Meizu M2 Note won in terms of size and weight, but Elephone P8000 received better materials and more convenient controls.
Now we will move on to a more relevant issue and compare the displays of both these smartphones.
As we said, both devices received 5.5-inch displays with Full HD resolution. However, the Meizu M2 Note display supports up to 10 simultaneous touches, while the Elephone P8000 display supports only 5.
In practice, this difference will seem insignificant to many of you, so it will be more useful to compare the picture quality on the displays of both devices.
The viewing angles of the displays of both smartphones are very high. However, the difference in the display of white color on the displays of these devices immediately catches the eye.
The white color on the display of Meizu M2 Note takes on a yellowish tint, and on the display of the Elephone P8000 - in a colder, bluish one. It is also impossible not to notice that the brightness of the Elephone P8000 display is higher than that of the Meizu M2 Note with the same position of the brightness adjustment slider. But in direct sunlight, both displays remain perfectly readable, and you will not have any problems with either device on a bright sunny day.
Another point that we cannot ignore and that many may not like is the black edging around the edge of the display of the Elephone P8000 smartphone. Moreover, these black fields above and below are even thicker than on the left and right. It doesn't look very nice. In addition, the frames themselves along the edges of the display of the Elephone P8000 are slightly wider than those of the Meizu M2 Note.
In general, we have not identified a clear leader in the comparison of displays of smartphones Elephone P 8000 and Meizu M 2 Note .
Next, we will move on to comparing the technical part of the Meizu M2 Note and Elephone P8000 smartphones, as well as compare their results in popular benchmarks.
From a technical point of view, both of these smartphones are almost identical. The only and significant advantage of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is the amount of RAM, which in this device has 3 GB versus 2 GB in the Meizu M2 Note smartphone.
With the simultaneous testing of these smartphones in the AnTuTu Benchmark v5.7.1 program, the Meizu M 2 Note smartphone showed 30257 points, and the Elephone P8000 gave almost 32 thousand points. But you should not focus on this, since this test is synthetic, and its results may change with each new attempt. After all, if you remember, in the review of the Elephone P8000 scored 29573 points, and in the review of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone, we recorded the result of 31211 points.
We see a similar situation when testing the graphics of both smartphones in the 3DMark program. Meizu M 2 Note scored 4147 points, while in the same test, the Elephone P8000 smartphone scored 4403 points. Recall that earlier the results were 4271 and 3134 points, respectively. Apparently, the optimization of the firmware in the Elephone P8000 smartphone was successful, which ensured the growth of the results in the graphics test to a normal value.
In general, we did not find a clear leader in this test either, however, a larger amount of RAM in the Elephone P8000 smartphone can be a significant help in multitasking.
Next, we will compare the presence of built-in sensors in Meizu M2 Note and Elephone P8000 smartphones using the Sensor List program, and present the results in the form of a table for clarity.
Accelerometer, Magnetic Field Sensor, Gyroscope, Orientation Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Linear Acceleration Sensor, Vector Rotation Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor
As you can see, the Meizu M2 Note has a richer set of built-in sensors, while the Elephone P8000 is equipped with literally the bare minimum. For many, these differences will be significant. For example, the presence of a magnetic field sensor will make it easy to determine the cardinal directions and direction when navigating, and the presence of a gyroscope together with acceleration and rotation sensors will give an advantage when using a smartphone in many mobile games or other applications.
Thus, in this comparison, Meizu M2 Note just utterly defeated his opponent.
Next, we will conduct a simultaneous GPS navigation test using the GPS Test program.
Both smartphones connected to satellites quite quickly, although the Meizu M 2 Note did it somewhat faster. The positioning accuracy of each of these devices was high, and each of them connected to the GLONASS satellites. However, let's not forget about the lack of a magnetic field sensor in the Elephone P8000 smartphone, which we discussed in the previous chapter.
Thus, in the GPS navigation test, we still give the palm to the Meizu M2 Note smartphone.
Next, we will check how much the cases of Meizu M 2 Note and Elephone P 8000 smartphones get hot during active use and in demanding applications. To do this, we simultaneously launched the Asphalt 8 game on both smartphones and played it for about 10 minutes.
After that, we measured the heating of the case of each device using a pyrometer. The heating of the Elephone P8000 smartphone case reached almost 54 ° C, and the Meizu M2 Note smartphone case heated up 1 degree more. And despite the almost identical and rather high heating of the cases of both smartphones, we experienced more discomfort due to the metal frame in the Elephone P8000 case. Thanks to this, the heating of the case of this smartphone is felt much more. Thus, one of the advantages of this device played a cruel joke with him. Whereas the all-plastic case of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone would allow us to continue the game without any problems.
Next, we will compare the sound from the external speaker of each of the smartphones. We evaluated the purity of the sound "by ear", and measured the maximum volume using a sound level meter.
We set the same melody on each smartphone and listened to it several times while taking measurements with a sound level meter. The results, shown by the dynamics of both devices, turned out to be close again, although the absolute value of the volume of the Elephone P8000 external speaker turned out to be slightly higher.
At the same time, we liked the sound quality from the M eizu M2 Note speaker more, because here it seemed to us more balanced in terms of frequencies, while the low frequencies in the sound from the Elephone P8000 speaker are clearly not enough.
In general, we also did not reveal a clear winner in this test, although if you add a little volume to the Meizu M2 Note external speaker by changing the settings in the engineering menu, then the scales will tip in its favor.
We evaluated the sound in the headphones in the M eizu M2 Note and Elephone P 8000 smartphones by listening to the same melody in the same player using the Xiaomi Mi Headphones HiFi Edition headphones. In both devices, we downloaded the melody in FLAC format.
The result of this comparison did not come as a surprise to us. We already knew that the sound in the headphones of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is not its strong point. In this regard, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone has far surpassed its rival. Moreover, the Meizu M2 Note smartphone gives almost the same pleasant sensations when listening to your favorite song as the LeTV One smartphone. And although this assessment can be quite subjective, it may be useful to someone in the final choice.
The autonomy of the device is one of the most important criteria when choosing a modern smartphone. Therefore, when comparing smartphones M eizu M2 Note and Elephone P8000, we will pay special attention to this aspect.
Recall that the Meizu M2 Note smartphone has a battery from Sony with a capacity of 3100 mAh, and the Elephone P8000 smartphone received a battery with a capacity of 4165 mAh. Both devices have non-removable batteries, and their actual capacities correspond to those declared.
In the test of the AnTuTu Battery Test program, the Meizu M 2 Note and Elephone P 8000 smartphones scored 5728 and 9009 points, respectively, while the discharge in the program was carried out from 100% to 20%. As you can see, Elephone P8000 showed almost a third better result. This means that in practice, under the same operating conditions, this smartphone will last about half a day longer than the Meizu M2 Note.
In this comparison, the Elephone P8000 smartphone expectedly won.
The capabilities of built-in cameras when choosing a smartphone are also of high importance for many, no less than the autonomy of its operation. And therefore, we will also dwell on the comparison of the built-in cameras in the Meizu M2 Note and Elephone P8000 smartphones. We decided to compare the work of the rear cameras, since the owners of their smartphones use them more often than the front ones, and their characteristics, as a rule, are higher.
Each of these smartphones has rear cameras with a resolution of 13 megapixels and sensors from Samsung, and perhaps even identical ones (S5K3L2). However, the optics of the cameras of these smartphones differ from each other. Thanks to the higher aperture value of the Elephone P8000 camera, F/2.0 versus F/2.2 for the Meizu M2 Note, more light enters its sensor, which should give some advantages when shooting in low light conditions. However, do not forget about the software part, on which the quality of photos depends no less.
There are differences between these smartphones and LED flashes. M eizu M 2 Note received a flash with two glow colors, warm and cold, while the Elephone P 8000 has a single-section flash. This means that the color reproduction and white balance when shooting at night using the flash on the camera of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone should be more correct.
In practice, when comparing the cameras of both smartphones at night, we did not notice a significant difference when shooting during the day. Color reproduction and shooting in macro mode are a little better for the Meizu M2 Note. Night shooting is not a strong point of both smartphones, but when shooting with flash, color reproduction and white balance are also better conveyed by the Meizu M2 Note camera.
The absence of a second microphone in the Elephone P8000 smartphone will also be an important point, which makes it impossible to record video with stereo sound. And although we have not identified a clear leader in comparing the operation of the rear cameras of both devices, we will still give preference to the Meizu M2 Note smartphone due to the combination of small advantages.
Well, now that we have considered all the main criteria when choosing a smartphone, it's time to sum up our comparison. We tried to reflect the advantages and disadvantages in the corresponding table.
Comparison Criteria/Model Name
Dimensions and weight
Equipped with built-in sensors
Sound from external speaker
Autonomy of work
Rear camera operation
+ for the fingerprint scanner
+ for a full-fledged slot for memory cards
So, bare numbers show us the advantage of the Meizu M2 Note smartphone with a score of 8:7 over the Elephone P8000 smartphone. But in reality, the difference was not significant in each of the criteria, and the presence of a fingerprint scanner and a full-fledged memory card slot can serve as a weighty argument in favor of choosing the Elephone P 8000. The higher battery capacity of this smartphone will also play its role. And for those to whom the presence of a fingerprint scanner is not so important, and who does not clog the smartphone to the eyeballs with photos and other multimedia files (including games), the difference of at least $ 5 and the more compact size of the Meizu M2 Note will play a role.
In general, the final choice is still yours, and we advise you to choose between these two almost equal smartphones with your heart, not your mind.