"The MEIZU m3 note is a big upgrade over its predecessor. Here's a first look"
A little under a year ago, MEIZU launched the m2 note (review) in India. The budget phablet was attractively priced, and offered good specs and performance. However, MEIZU was still finding its feet in the Indian market at the time, and the m2 note didn't get the attention it deserved. Fast forward to 2016, and it's a different story. MEIZU is now firmly established in India, and with a few key launches under its belt, has just released the m3 note in India. Compared to the m2 note, the m3 note is a big step up, and the affordable price makes it a very enticing option in the sub-Rs 10,000 market.
The m3 note ships in a standard white retail box, unlike the flat square box its predecessors shipped in. Opening up the lid, you'll find the smartphone nestled in a cardboard tray on top. The tray features an insert into which MEIZU's traditional Flyme-themed SIM ejector tool is placed. Inside the tray is a sheath, which contains the warranty, user guide and other information. Underneath, you'll find a two-pin wall charger rated at 5V/2A, along with a USB cable. Earphones aren't included in the package.
The back panel is bisected by shiny antenna lines at the top and bottom, and features the primary 13MP camera, dual-LED flash and MEIZU branding.
The MEIZU m3 note has been priced very attractively at Rs 9,999, and with its 3GB RAM/32GB storage, outclasses the excellent Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review), which is priced at Rs 11,999 for a similar configuration... at least in terms of pure specs. The m3 note is an upgrade in every sense of the word, and with features like the the metal body, fingerprint sensor and 4,100mAh battery, could be the success story MEIZU is looking for in India. We'll putting the m3 note to the test over the coming weeks, with a review coming up shortly.