Budget phone alert – I am seeing some promotions on Meizu smartphones that range from B$130 to B$180 in town lately.
Among the choices are the Meizu M3 Note, M5, M5s and M5 Note. The M5 Note is the most expensive at B$180, but may not be the best choice.
The M5 Note device has the largest screen out of the four Meizu phones, with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and a 4,000mAh battery, which in short translates to a pretty epic spec sheet.
The B$160 M5s on the other hand, has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and a 5.2-inch 720p screen.
Meizu’s design language has often been criticised to be an iPhone copy, but in today’s tech world where everything has a real shelf life of six to 12 months, who is really copying who anyway?
The Meizu phones have a premium metal body and the Zhuhai-based Chinese company has often been twirling rock bottom prices at its consumers.
Back to the M5s, the smaller device also has a smaller 3,000 mAh which will last you through the day. The same cannot be said of the larger M5 Note due to the screen size and resolution.
Naturally you want a device that will last longer after leaving its charging station. When it is charged in, you will get a fast-charge based on the Meizu MediaTek processor.
The 5s charges 50 per cent in just under 30 minutes, which is blazing fast, something that my LG G5 with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 is also capable of.
On the back of the M5s is a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and takes decent snaps with good contrast. Please do not expect a Huawei P10 or Samsung S8 quality camera, considering this device is B$160 right now! In low-light is where the M5s suffers. Like most budget devices, these just aren’t made for low-light shooting.
In terms of being a daily-driver, the Flyme OS by Meizu is pretty clean. In Brunei, most of the Meizu devices that I’ve played with, the M5s included, comes with Google Services included, and if it doesn’t, it’s not a hassle to install them. There have been multiple reports of bigger markets buying a Meizu and ending up not being able install Google Services. That would be an absolute deal breaker by the way!
If you need a spare phone, or a tether device (Progresif unlimited plan, I’m looking at you), or if you broke your flagship phone screen and need something to get you through temporarily, you could really do much worse than the B$160 Meizu M5s.