April has been a very busy month for Meizu. Not too long ago, the Chinese company unveiled both the Pro 6 and M3 Note in a span of only two weeks. Today, Meizu has officially unveiled the M3, the successor to the Meizu M2.
Unless you’re very familiar with Meizu’s devices, it’s difficult to see if anything has changed in terms of design between the Meizu M3 and its predecessor. Although both devices look almost identical to each other, the M3 is sporting Meizu’s updated logo, which is now placed on the centre of the device’s rear panel rather than the bottom.
The biggest changes the Meizu M3 bring are all under the hood. Powering the device is a more capable MediaTek MT6750 1.5GHz octa-core processor paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Other than that, it has a more generous 2,870mAh battery along with bigger internal storage at 16GB or 32GB; this is further expandable with a microSD card up to 128GB.
Rounding out the specifications of the M3 are a 5-inch 720p display, a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus (which can supposedly lock in focus in only 0.2 seconds), a 5MP front-facing shooter, LTE connectivity, as well as Flyme 5.1 out of the box. Of course, as a budget-minded smartphone, the M3 retains the polycarbonate body of its predecessor.
Needless to say, one of the most appealing aspects of the Meizu M3 is its price tag: the base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage goes for only 599 Chinese yuan, which comes up to about RM360. The higher-end M3 with a more generous 32GB internal storage and 3GB of RAM will go for 799 yuan (approximately RM480) instead. As usual, the local pricing and availability of the Meizu M3 have not been announced yet.