Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review: So Beautiful Cheap Phone!

Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review: So Beautiful Cheap Phone!


Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review: So Beautiful Cheap Phone!


Model Meizu M3 Note
Band 2G: GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100MHz
4G: FDD LTE: B1/B3/B7
TDD LTE:B38/B39/B40/B41
Sim Card Dual SIM,Dual Stand-by,Dual Micro SIM Card
Service Provide Unlocked
Style Bar
OS Flyme 5.1 OS based on Android 5.1
CPU/GPU CPU: Helio P10 MT6755 Octa Core 1.5GHz
GPU: Mali-T860
Display Size 5.5 Inch
Type IPS, capacitive touch screen
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
FM Radio Yes, earphone needed
Speaker Box Speaker
Earphone Port 3.5mm
Card Extend Up to 128GB (not included)
Data transfer USB/Bluetooth
Mobile internet WAP/WiFi
Camera/Picture Resolution Dual Cameras, 5.0MP front camera, 13.0MP back camera with flashlight and auto focus, PDAF
Language English, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Slovenscina, Spanish, Chinese
Phonebook 500
Message SMS/MMS
Input Handwrite/Keypad
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n/ac  wireless internet
Bluetooth Bluetooth  V4.1
Sensors Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor
Multi-Touch Yes
Dimensions 153.6×75.5×8.2mm
Net Weight(Including battery) 163g
Charger INPUT :100-240V, OUTPUT: 5V-2A
Battery capacity Non-removable Li-on 4100 mAh battery
Standby Time About 2~3 days
Other Feature 4G,3G,Fingerprint ID,GPS,Gyroscope, MP3, MP4, calculator, ES file management, stopwatch, calendar, alarm clock, Google play,Miracast,E-mail, G-mail, Touch ID, etc
Package Contents Cell Phone: 1
Charger: 1
Micro-usb Cable: 1
User Manual: 1

What’s in the box

Meizu m3 Note arrives in a white box with the model’s name on top and a sticker with the specifications on the back. Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Inside is the smartphone and below it are placed a charger (US standard, so you might need an adapter, if you’re living outside the US), a USB cable, a small user manual, to which is Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review attached the SIM tray pin. The pin has an interesting design and the Flyme OS logo engraved. That’s it. Not very generous, indeed.


– 1.8GHz Helio P10 Octa Core Processor
– 2GB RAM With 16GB ROM
– 5.5 Inch Full HD IPS Touchscreen Display
– Dual SIM Support
– 13MP Primary Camera With LED Flash
– 5 MP Front Camera
– Fingerprint Sensor
– 4G VoLTE
– Bluetooth
– 4100 MAh Battery.

Design and build

Meizu m3 Note is a beautifully crafted smartphone. It looks rather classic, which is nicely complemented by the search of symmetry in the overall placement of the controls. The metal unibody of the handset is made of a 6000 Series aluminum alloy and its finish is crafted with an anodic oxidation process. The non-removable back Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review is matte, but in it are hewn out two horizontal lines – top and bottom, which reveal the glossy metal heart of the chassis and add a more elegant flair to the overall looks of the smartphone. The top layer of the display has 2.5D curved edges, which blend perfectly with the rest of the body. Both the Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review screen and body look and feel very solid. All elements fir into place and the physical buttons are very comfortable to work with. Placed comfortably enough to be easily reached, they provide good response without protruding much as both the volume rocker and the power button are positioned in a small furrow, which Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review shows off the glossy metal beneath and corresponds to the two horizontal lines on the back – small details that achieve a big impression. All ports provide excellent fit for the corresponding cables and the SIM tray opens and closes easily. The model is 75.5 mm wide, 153.6 mm tall and 8.2 mm deep. The bezels are not thin, but not very wide too. The overall size of the device is typical for one with a 5.5-inch display. With a weight of 163 grams, including the battery, the Meizu m3 Note is comfortable to hold without Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review being heavy. The device is available in three colors: a gold back with a white front, a silver back with a white front, and a grey back with a black front. We are reviewing a silver with white unit that has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.


Meizu m3 note smartphone was launched in April 2016. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch.

The Meizu m3 note is powered by 1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to GB via a card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Meizu m3 note packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Meizu m3 note runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 4100mAh non removable battery. It measures 153.60 x 75.50 x 8.20 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 163.00 grams.

The Meizu m3 note is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts . Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. Sensors Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.


Performance-wise, Meizu m3 Note relies on a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755. After the Elephone P900, this is the second Helio P10 device we get to review. In Meizu’s case the CPU cores are bit downclocked compared to Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Elephone P9000’s. More specifically, it has eight Cortex A-53 cores clocked up to 1.85GHz, which work together with a dual-core 700MHz ARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. The TSMC HPC+ technology, on which the chipset is based, provides generally good performance by balancing tasks between the CPU and GPU, which also ultimately leads to decreased power Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review consumption. Our test unit is the 2/16GB of RAM/storage version. The RAM is single-channel, LPDDR3, clocked at 933MHz, while the internal memory is eMMC 5.1 type. An interesting fact about the hardware design of the device, is that Meizu uses a 10-layer motherboard, which takes up less space and reduces internal interference, resulting into a more stable system. Compared to the Elephone P9000, the Meizu m3 Note scores a bit lower in all benchmarks, which is expected. The only exception is the Vellamo browser test made with Chrome, which is in favour of the m3 Note. What is more interesting, is that the Meizu model has 20 Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review different sensors on board, all functional, which is not typical for a device of its class. All the sensors are shown in the CPU-X screenshots below. Some of them are gyroscope, accelerometer, orientation, rotation, magnetometer, step detector and Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review counter (which are used by pedometers), gravity, proximity, light sensor, etc.

OS, UI and software

Meizu m3 Note runs the proprietary Flyme OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. More specifically, it is the Flyme version. If you’re wondering what the ‘A’ stands for, this means that Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review this version of the software is the Chinese one. International versions of the Flyme OS are marked with a ‘G’ at the end. Meizu’s skin is deeply rooted and is actually a major overhaul of the whole Android system. Moreover, this is the Chinese version of the Flyme, which means it is way different to what we’re all accustomed to. When we got the device it had Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review an OTA update, which installed the Flyme This is a minor update for Wi-Fi performance optimization. Indeed, compared to other devices we have tested the Meizu m3 Note has shown a strong and steady Wi-Fi reception even in areas, where other smartphones have found it difficult to connect to our local area network. In addition, the Flyme has several improvements over older OS versions. Some of them include the appearance of a Settings icon in the Quick menu, the possibility Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review to select several apps from the home screen and move them all together to another, opening the Task Manager by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen, customization of the display’s color temperature, enjoying multitasking with simultaneous Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review work with several windows. In terms of design the Flyme has more vivid colors, the icons are flat, the system is smart to detect elements from the contents displayed on the screen and re-present them as integrated Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review background, mainly in terms of matching colors, etc. The volume indicated Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review does not offer any customization, however the Quick menu is rich in features and includes Wi-Fi on/off, SIM card priority, Bluetooth on/off, Mute on/off, Vibrate, Airplane mode, Rotation (of the screen), Location Info, AutoBrightness, Flashlight, SmartTouch, DND. You can open either half of the Quick menu or the whole list of quickly accessible features.

At a first glance the Settings menu is not very extensive and does not have a standard structure, but actually the options are rich and go deep under the main sections of the menu. The most typical set of options is the Wireless & networks one, which holds no surprises. The Sounds & notifications is a whole separate sets that allows you to manage the notifications and the status bar, the sounds and vibration, and the DND mode. The System set of options is the richest of all. Under it Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review you have a personalize option, which provides a choice of themes (actually only one, the others are available for purchase and download from the Meizu Store), a choice of wallpapers, font and icons style. Then there is the Easy Mode, which Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review makes the icons and fonts on the home screen larger and with a simpler layout for an easier way of using the device. The Display sub-menu is where you adjust the screen brightness, font-size, auto brightness (on/off), auto lock, and interestingly – the color temperature. The Fingerprint & security and the Language & time are pretty self-explanatory. Finally under System is placed the Accessibility set of features. It contains a Gesture wakeup set of options, which you can selectively activate and assign various tasks. The SmartTouch option brings up a floating dot when Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review activated. It allows you to set different ways of interacting with it and some might find it a useful tool for navigating through the device. From the Accessibility menu you can also adjust the behaviour of the Home key when hold, the home button (when typing), the home screen search, and the earphones. Here are listed the Scheduled on & off and Text-to-speech output options. A Drive Assistant is another non-standard feature, which helps you adjust the smartphone’s behaviour, while you’re driving. The main Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Account menu is where you manage your Flyme accounts and other accounts you might have. Finally, there’s the Device set of options, from where you can monitor the battery’s performance and manage the various battery saving modes, manage the location services, apps and check the info about your device.
If you don’t have prior experience with a Chinese version of the Flyme 5.1.3 this section might turn out to be useful to you. For starters, there are no Google apps. Instead, there is an App Store, via which you have Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review to download the Google Installer. Only after it is installed, you can then download and install the PlayStore and other apps you need. However, a very common error happens, which prevents you from downloading and installing an app like the Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Chrome browser, for example (see the screenshot below). The error message reads “Can’t download app. [APP NAME] can’t be downloaded. Try again, and if the problem continues, get help troubleshooting.(Error retrieving information from server. [DF-DLA-15]).” In order to solve this issue, you have to clear the Google Play Store cache and the Google Play Services cache. To do this go to the Settings> Apps> Select Play Store/Play Services> Clear Cache and Clear Data. Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review If after this the problem persists, reboot the device and try to download again the app that has given the above mentioned error message. Being based on Android 5.1 Lollipop the Flyme 5.1.3 retains its permissions management system, meaning that when you open an app for the first time, you will be asked to allow or not permissions for it to access certain data on your device in order to function properly. Regarding Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review the rest of the pre-installed apps they include a Clock, Gallery, Game Center, Music, Videos, Themes, News, Life and Security. A typical feature of the Game Center, Music, Videos, and Themes apps is that when you open them, you first see the options available for download and after that there are options to see, what’s already present in the device. The Security apps is actually a large portion of the Flyme 5.1.3. and provides various useful tools for software protection and optimization as well as for improvement in performance. It contains a total of 8 tools, including Cleaner, Accelerator, Data, Harassment Blocking, Permissions, Power, Files, Anti-Virus. This Security app acts at system level. It monitors unstable operations and reports potential problems to the Cloud Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review for analysis and troubleshooting to prevent damage to the system. It also manages to optimize memory use by optimizing system codes, compression, preventing apps being activated by each other, smart allocation of the memory Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review between apps. All of this makes the system run faster, smoother and accelerates apps launching and running. The Power section itself is very extensive and will be described in the Battery section of this review.
Finally, there is a folder on the home screen, which contains several useful apps such as EBook, Map, Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Toolbox, User Center, Calendar, Calculator, File Explorer, Memos, Weather, Upgrade, Email. Recorder, Download, SmartRecorder. The most interesting one is the EBook. It allows you to read books that are already present on the device or available online. Moreover, you can choose the way the screen looks, while reading so it lessens the eye strain. Another Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review interesting feature is the Toolbox. Opening it, you’ll discover a flashlight, compass, mirror (opens up the front camera), level, ruler and magnifier (the rear camera magnifies what it sees). The new Flyme also features several improvements of the camera app, such as the beauty mode, panorama, slow motion shooting, video, macro, and GIF plus adding powerful photo editing and Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review sorting tools.


Meizu m3 Note arrives with a 4100 mAh Li-Pol battery, which is non-removable. According to the official specifications, it provides up to 15 hours of talk time in 2G and 3G networks. The 5V/2A charger, which is Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review included in the package, is US standard, so have this in mind and prepare an adapter, in case you’re based in a country with a different electricity socket standard. During our test period, the battery managed to charge from 0% to 100% for 2 hours and 47 minutes. The first 10% from 0 needed 25 minutes, while the first 50% from 0 Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review needed 1 hour and 17 minutes to charge. In the beginning, while the battery has very small charge, the charging happens at 1.79A. This gradually decreases, when the battery reaches 50% and even more, while approaching 100% of its charge. The charger tends to get hot, while in operation. The FlymeOS on board the Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Meizu m3 Note features a whole Power Management suite, which provides you with powerful tools to manage your battery’s life smartly. All power saving modes have been crafted after analyzing more than 100 usage scenarios. The system can allocate CPU cores according to its load status and achieve a proper balance between system temperature, performance and power consumption, while regulating the CPU frequency. Intelligent allocation can truly help realize the best conditions for hardware and Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review prevent wasting power. You can choose from Low power, Super (power saving) mode, and Customize mode. The latter allows you customize the behaviour of your device depending on your own preferences. All in all, even without tweaking the power saving modes, the Meizu m3 Note demonstrated long battery life Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review and will be a reliable device in this regard. The PCMark work battery test also proves this by showing a very good score for a 4100 mAh battery of 9 hours and 32 minutes. The test has been performed with the brightness calibrated at 200 cd/m2 as recommended by Futuremark.


Networks, calls and connectivity

Meizu m3 Note is equipped with a dual-SIM card tray with hybrid functions Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review. You can fit it in either two nano-SIM cards, or a nano-SIM card and a microSD card for additional storage. According to the specifications, the device supports a wide range of networks bands, including quad-band 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 2.5G CDMA 800 MHz, dual-band 3G TD-SCDMA (1880-1920, 2010-2025 MHz), tri-band 3G UMTS (900, 1900, 2100 MHz), tri-band 4G FDD-LTE (1800, 2100, 2600 MHz) and quad-band 4G TDD-LTE (1900, 2300, 2500, 2600 MHZ) along with VoLTE. The MTK Engineering test shows that our unit supports the above mentioned 2G and 4G bands, but from the 3G bands it supports Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review quad-band 3G WCDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz). We haven’t experienced any issues with signal reception and call quality whatsoever. The device behaves well in this regard under different networks and circumstances. We have already mentioned that we’ve noticed that after the latest Flyme update, the Meizu m3 Note has an impressively Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review strong Wi-Fi reception, even in places, where other devices have difficulties connecting. The model supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11n @ 5GHz along with Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR, LE). Detecting satellites for navigation is quick and easy. The device works both with GPS/A-GPS and Glonass, and provides location services with great accuracy. In addition, the device has an Wireless Display option, which is identical to the Cast Screen function, and, of course, you need a matching wireless display adapter for your TV or monitor in order to cast content from your phone.


Meizu m3 Note has a classic layout of the ports and buttons, which the company aimed to place in symmetry as to achieve a smooth and eye-appealing design. On the front above the screen, from left to the right are placed the front-facing camera, earpiece, and light sensor. Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review Below the screen there is a single rectangular button with rounded corners. It functions both as a physical and capacitive button. If long pressed, it can either turn off the screen or start the Smart Voice. If tapped, while typing, it can either fold the keyboard or fold the keyboard and return. If tapped once, it serves as a back button, and if pressed once, it brings back the home screen. In addition, the home button has an embedded mTouch 2.1 fingerprint sensor. It can store up to 5 fingerprint IDs, unlocks the device in 0.2 seconds (unlocking was truly swift), and provides 360-degree recognition. Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review On top of the device to the left is the 3.5mm jack accompanied by a noise-cancellation make. The bottom features two symmetrically positioned grilles with two screw bolts surrounding the micro USB 2.0 port. One of the grilles contains the speakerphone, the other – a second noise-cancelling mic. On the left side of the smartphone is the hybrid dual-SIM card tray, which can house either two nano-SIM cards, or a nano-SIM card and a microSD card for additional storage. The right hand side is where the volume rocker is – a single, prolonged button for volume up and down, along with a power button below it. On the back at the top end Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review is the rear camera, centrally positioned, with the dual-tone LED below it and the Meizu logo.


Meizu m3 Note packs a 5.5-inch LTPS display with an IPS panel and full lamination (GFF). The panel has an FHD resolution (1080 x 1920) and a pixel density of 403 ppi. The display is protected by a Dinorex T2X-1 glass. This is a product of the Japanese Nippon Electric Glass (NEG), which is scratch-resistant and shock-resistant. The glass Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review is chemically strengthened and is almost perfectly clear and colorless without compromising color accuracy and saturation. The top glass layer has 2.5D curved edges, which seamlessly blend with the frame. The screen Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review itself is very fast and responsive, navigating through the menus, swiping backwards and forwards, scrolling and browsing – everything is impressively zippy. Visual content and text are crisp and accurately displayed.

As per standard the IPS panel provides good viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. The official specifications of the mode state Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review that the panel has a static contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a typical brightness of 450 cd/m2. Our measurements showed that the white value when the brightness is at 100% is close to the specified figure and measures 426.377 cd/m2. The black value, however, is 0.529 cd/m2, which means that the contrast ratio is 806:1. This level of static contrast ratio remains almost the same at all brightness levels. The white value significantly drops (5-fold) when the brightness is set at 50% – 81.29 cd/m2. The black Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review value also drops almost 5-fold to 0.101 cd/m2. The lowest values of the white and black point are 5.00 cd/m2 and 0.007 cd/m2, respectively. The color temperature is only slightly changed at the different brightness levels and evolves around the 7700-7800 K mark. If you find your screen to be too warm or too cold, you can Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review adjust the color temperature to your preference from the Display settings.

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 426.377 cd/m2 0.529 cd/m2 806 :1 7780 K
75 % 244.153 cd/m2 0.303 cd/m2 806 :1 7715 K
50 % 81.29 cd/m2 0.101 cd/m2 805 :1 7734 K
25 % 39.52 cd/m2 0.050 cd/m2 790 :1 7759 K
0 % 5.00 cd/m2 0.007 cd/m2 715 :1 7817 K


Meizu m3 Note features an OmniVision PureCel primary camera, which packs a 13-megapixel OV13853 CMOS sensor with a 1/3.06-inch size and a 1.12-micron pixel. It is coupled with a TrueBright ISP engine Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review and makes photos with 13.2 effective pixels – 4224 x 3136. The sensor is combined with a 5-element lens, which has an f/2.2 aperture and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A dual-tone LED flash ensures enough natural light when needed. Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review The warm light is positioned below the cold on. The primary camera is capable of making FHD video @ 30fps and utilizes phase detection autofocus. The secondary camera packs a 5-megapixel Samsung S5K5E8 sensor that outputs photos with Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review a resolution of 2592 x 1944. The BSI CMOS sensor has a size of 1/5 inches and a 1.12 micron pixel. It works together with a 4-element lens with an f/2.0 aperture.

Primary camera

Secondary camera


As with the all other device we have tested so far, with the Meizu m3 Note we have used the RightMark Audio Analyzer software and Meizu M3 Note 16GB Review the TASCAM US-2×2 audio interface. The model shows an overall Very Good score, and scores excellently in Frequency response, THD %, and IMD + Noise %. Overall, you should enjoy a very good sound via your earphones.

Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB -0.01, -0.14 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -94.1 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A) 94.1 Very good
THD, % 0.0022 Excellent
THD + Noise, dB (A) -85.4 Good
IMD + Noise, % 0.0064 Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB -79.2 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.014 Very good
General performance Very good

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