Review of the smartphone Meizu M5 Note: cheaper does not mean worse
We have long been accustomed to what true delight can only be experienced from a flagship smartphone. Recent LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, of course, good, but such things can afford a few. But cheap smartphones And brands, usually look boring and not arouse any emotions. And strictly speaking, not call them such and budget, 15 thousand rubles – it is quite a usual price for an ordinary Samsung or Sony. But with the rise of Chinese manufacturers in the last two years on the market there are many devices at the price of 10,000 rubles, which in no way inferior to the more expensive and well-known competitors. And the current year in the number of owners of such tubes is almost gone those who “could not afford anything else.” Now the demand dictates the one “who does not consider it necessary to overpay for the brand and believe old stereotypes.”
And if we talk about the best representatives of China, after Huawei come immediately to mind Xiaomi and Meizu. The latter has recently released a Note M5, which costs about 8 thousand rubles, and leaves virtually no chance other budget handsets. However, let’s find out what he’s so good and cost without any pitfalls?
|Meizu M5 Note||Meizu M3 Note||ZTE Blade V7 Max||Samsung Galaxy J7||Huawei P9 Lite|
|Screen||5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, Super AMOLED, 720 × 1280 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.2 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 424 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||No data||Safety glass Dinorex T2X-1||No data||No data||No data|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755M: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 1.1 GHz)||MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755M: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 1.0 GHz)||MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755M: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 1.1 GHz)||7870 Exynos Octa with eight cores Cortex Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.6 GHz, 4 × 1.0 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 650: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 2.0 GHz + 4 X 1.7 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz|
|RAM||3/4 GB||2/3 GB||3/4 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|Flash memory||16/32/64 GB||16/32 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Connectors||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × USB Type-C 1.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × microUSB;|
|1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;|
|1 × nano-SIM||1 × nano-SIM||1 × nano-SIM||1 × nano-SIM||1 × nano-SIM|
|1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps, 50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps, 50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 7 (300 Mbps, 150 Mbps), range 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||13 MP, ƒ/2.2,and phase detection autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video||13 MP, ƒ/2.2,and phase detection autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, contractnegotiations, led flash, recording Full HD-video||13 MP, ƒ/1,9,contrast autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video||13 MP, ƒ/2.0, contractnegotiations, led flash, recording Full HD-video|
|Front camera||5 MP, no autofocus, no flash||5 MP, no autofocus, no flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||8 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: the 15.6 WH (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||153,6 × 75,8 × 8.1 mm||153,6 × 75,5 × 8.2 mm||154 × 76,5 × 7.2 mm||151,7 × 76 × 7.8 mm||146,8 × 72,6 × 7.5 mm|
|Weight||175 g||163 g||160 g||170 g||147 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Flyme 5.2||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Flyme 5.0||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell MiFavor||Android 6.0 Marshmallow shell TouchWiz||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Emotion UI|
|Current price||8 990 rubles||7 000 rubles||17 990 rubles||15 990 rubles||15 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
Last year was the Meizu M3 Note, that M5 Note. The four name traditionally ignored and it is a common practice among Asian companies.
External differences between the M3 and M5 Note Note not so many, but they all came in very handy. The first thing you should pay attention to the shape of the hull. Smoothly rounded edges M3 Note seemed to the designers not the most successful idea, the case is more angular, rough. But, oddly enough, the phone looks much more expensive. On the General level of performance Meizu Note M5 is not inferior to the iPhone 6.
The upper and lower dies, rear panel, steel metal, unlike the plastic-y predecessor. And the inevitable plastic window for antennas of wireless modules turned into a thin strip on top – exactly as the same sixth-generation iPhone.
Case dimensions remain the same, no different, even its thickness, despite the fact that the battery lost in capacity. Due to a new form of the smartphone began to look thicker. But this is a purely visual feature, in practice, 8.3 mm – normal. The previous model looked thinner just because of rounded edges, but here we have a perfectly flat back. And the camera, by the way, outside the body does not act – she’s even slightly recessed inside. So fans put the gadget back in, don’t worry – the lens is not scratched.
As you can see on my test came white M5 Note, but this model also exists in dark gray, gold, and blue versions. On the left side of the case is a tray for SIM cards and memory cards. Bottom two usual connector: mini-Jack and microUSB. Well, right on the usual places are the power key and double-click to adjust the volume.
Most unusual for the world of Android (and very typical for the Meizu) will continue to be the absence of the three traditional buttons. M5 Note that the model Meizu, well do one button on the front panel. She’s a big, comfortable, located right in the center under the screen, it is built-in and a fingerprint scanner. Charm reacts not only to physical depression, but also to gestures. For example, to return to the previous screen, simply touch the key without pressing it. Of course, after other smartphones will be unusual, but overall, the convenience of this option is not worse.
The fingerprint sensor works like clockwork, and smartphone rasplachivaetsya in a split second. Difficulties arise only with wet and highly contaminated fingers, in this case it is better to enter in a pin code or pattern.
The role of the operating system is not up-to-date Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the shell Flyme OS fifth generation compensates this disadvantage. Branded applications a bit, which is particularly pleasing after the Intrusive pipes ASUS, ZTE and BQ Mobile. The system performance complaints. The only thing I seriously dislike is the design of the icons in the default theme, but this can be easily fixed in the settings.
Useful chips can distinguish the setting of the operation modes for optimal energy efficiency, although this is in many shells Android.
Display and sound
The display is not changed compared to the Meizu M3 Note. It’s still a 5.5-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1080 × 1920 and a density of 403 ppi. Frame on the sides is quite thin, but on the record do not pull, – the screen is 70.9 per cent of the front surface. This would not have impressed in the case of the flagship device, but for M5 Note this is quite nice.
The maximum brightness is not too impressive, but at contrast ratio of 984:1 screen is quite readable in direct sunlight. To watch movies will not be very comfortable, but reading books or text on the pages in the browser without problems.
I must admit that I feel a little uncomfortable when you look at twice (!) the more expensive Sony Xperia XA1, who got the screen with a modest resolution of 720 × 1280 pixels. I’m not talking about the flaws in the setting color. Meizu in this regard is not perfect, but given the price to him and requirements will be clearly softer.
Color gamut slightly nedotyagivaet to sRGB. Color adjustment in M5 Note was surprisingly good. Average gamma of 2.15 is, and it’s completely normal rate, but the average DeltaE deviation beyond norms seen of 6.41. It is close to the figures of the last budget-the Huawei Honor 6X and not very close to the boundaries of the norm.
Color temperature is 7500 K. the average Tone of the cold, but I would not call this discrepancy is critical. This is much less than the Sony screens, even those that get flagship smartphones.
I should add that in the settings you can enable a special night mode that disables the display of blue light and shifts the color balance towards warm tones. At night really comfortable to work with this palette.
The sound from the system speaker is quite loud, but the speaker here is only one. Additional speaker for stereo there – another reminder of the budget class smartphone. Although, for example, the iPhone stereo speakers appeared only in the seventh generation.