The Meizu m1 note has been making a huge splash in the Philippines despite its very limited availability in the market. This well put-together device is a threat to everything “flagship” with its premium build and performance-oriented chipset. Luckily, we have purchased a blue variant of the device over a Novo 7 Tech store for PhP 8,599 for us to check the buzz in this handheld. So we won’t keep this any longer, this is our official Meizu m1 note Unboxing and First Impressions.

Meizu m1 note Unboxing and First Impressions

The phablet has been released internationally in December of last year; and since then, it has gathered a significant amount of attention. The fact that it took several pages from the iPhone 5c in terms of both hardware and software makes you love and hate it at the same time.

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Unboxing: What’s in Meizu m1 note’s box?

Locally, the box of the Meizu m1 note comes with an A/C adapter, USB chord for charging and data transfer and SIM tray ejector which is designed with “Flyme” logo. Don’t expect the package to have a headphone since the local asking price is affordable for a handset of this caliber.

Meizu m1 note Unboxing and First Impressions

Meizu m1 note design and construction

Once you get to touch the handset, you will be instantly fascinated by its build – glossy plastic back and polycarbonate. An enlarged iPhone 5c, I must say, sans the Apple and iPhone branding. However, the back of the m1 note is more “curvy” to the point that it could have a close-to-pyramid panel. One thing that’s worth noting with the back is its ability to attract fingerprint and smudges. The 13-megapixel Samsung sensor and dual-tone LED flash are housed in the upper portion of the back.

Meizu m1 note Unboxing and First Impressions

Flipping the device you’ll see the 5.5-inch IGZO screen from Sharp. I love the thin bezel at the edge of the display; it makes the device more appealing to the eyes. Wait until you turn it on, the stunning full HD panel with 403 ppi will satisfy your craving for a premium experience. The capacitive home button is alone at its usual place below the screen; the front-facing shooter and light sensor are on the top of the screen.

Now we go to the bottom of the phone, Meizu m1 note’s ports and holes are, again, patterned to the iPhone 5c. The microUSD port is in between the screws; speaker holes are flushed to the left and the microphone is on the right. However, the audio jack has been transferred on the top side to accompany the sleep/wake (power button) and the noise-cancelling microphone.

Meizu m1 note Unboxing and First Impressions

The SIM tray is placed on the right side. Power (sleep wake) button is absent on this side, which is odd knowing that most of the 5.5-inchers have it on this spot for ergonomics purposes. However, Meizu fixes the issue on the software front like double-tap-to-wake and other gesture controls. More of which will be discussed in our actual review.

Initial Impressions
  1. I think Meizu has invested a lot in copying the iPhone 5c in terms of design and build. However, it has exaggerated some of the points like having a heavily curved back which could not help users get a good grip of the device.
  2. The battery is non-removable, which is fine in this price standpoint.
  3. Power or Sleep/Wake button was placed at the top side of the device which is hard to reach for one-handed use.
  4. Great display
  5. Premium build
Meizu M1 Note Specs

150.7 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm at 145 g
5.5-inch full HD Sharp IGZO Display (1080 x 1920 Pixels at 403 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
MediaTek MT6752 SoC
1.7-gigahertz octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
Mali-T760 MP2 GPU
13-megapixel rear camera sensor by Samsung with LED Flash
5-megapixel 4-element front camera
16GB or 32GB Internal Storage
Dual SIM or Dual Standby
4G LTE, 3G and 2G
Dual Band Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
FM Radio
USB OTG Support
Digital Compass
Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS with Flyme 4
3,140 mAh non-removable battery
Php 7,990.00 (White)Official Price
Php 8,599.00 Other Colours


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