Meizu hasn’t been tackling the Indian smartphone space aggressively but, instead, has adopted the slow and steady gait, which is perhaps only wise in light of the stiff competition. The recently launched Meizu M5 is an affordable phone that succeeds M3 and packs decent hardware for its price. But is it good enough for you to trust and take the plunge? Let’s try and answer that in our review.
Meizu M5 specifications and features
- 5.2-inch 720p IPS display of 282ppi
- MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-T860MP2 GPU
- 2GB/3GB of RAM
- 16GB/ 32GB internal storage, Expandable
- 13MP camera, f/2.2 aperture, two-tone LED flash, 1080p videos
- 5MP front-facing camera
- 16/32GB of built-in storage, microSD slot (Hybrid)
- mTouch v2.1 Home button with a fingerprint scanner
- 3,070 mAh battery
- Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS with Flyme 5.2
- Dual SIM (Hybrid), 4G VoLTE support
- Price: 6990 INR/8099 INR
Design and Build
If you have been keeping tabs on Meizu phones, the M5 will surely feel familiar. Meizu is sticking to its conventional design. The plastic back cover has a metal finish effect and looks pretty neat as there are no antenna lines to break design continuity.
On the front, you will find the mTouch home button with a fingerprint sensor that is the lone navigation button on the phone. You can tap it for back and click it for Home. The fascia is also covered with a 2.5D glass layer which is certainly a welcome addition at this price point.
There are no flexes or creaks in the phone and it’s quite easy to manage as well. Considering the price it’s available for at the time of writing, the M5 certainly qualifies as one of the best-designed phones you can buy in its class.
The 5.2-inch display on the phone has 720p HD resolution which results in 287 pixels per inches. At 480 Nits, it’s bright enough for comfortable viewing outdoors. The viewing angles are wide, contrast is high, and color accuracy is fairly accurate.
The software allows you to tweak color hue and color temperature to an extent, but it isn’t that effective. Once again, we are quite satisfied with the display quality on the phone.
Camera and Imaging
The 13MP rear camera on the Meizu M5 shows surprisingly good color accuracy and dynamic range. The focusing isn’t as fast in low lighting, and the details aren’t super sharp either, but these are acceptable compromises for budget cameras.
In good lighting, you will be able to shoot decent clarity images from the M5. Moreover, the camera app also has a Pro mode which lets you manually set shutter speeds, Focus, ISO, and exposure. It also includes features like Refocus (which can be used to defocus background or any part of the image), HDR and GIF capture.
The selfie camera and video recording quality are average, nothing to be excited about here. But overall, the camera performance is decent considering the price at which this device is now available in India.
Performance and Software
The handset is powered by MT6750, an octa-core processor that’s quite power efficient. It’s the same SoC on which most contemporary selfie-first phones rely on. In Meizu M5, the chipset is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A more affordable 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant is also available.
The chipset is good enough for day to day usage. Cracks in the performance begin to show up once you push it to its limits with heavy gaming or other heavy multitasking which require all cores to be active at once.
The day-to-day usage performance, however, is on par with what we mostly see with Snapdragon 430 devices in this budget. The Flyme 5 OS on the phone is based on Android Marshmallow. Like most other Chinese ROMs, there is no App drawer and all app shortcuts and widgets reside on the home screen (s). The software is rich in customization options and has extensive gesture support.
The fingerprint sensor on the phone is very fast and accurate. The loudspeaker is reasonably loud and audio quality is average.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 3070mAh battery on Meizu M5 can power then phone through one and a half day of moderate to heavy usage. We didn’t face any issue with the battery backup on the handset.
Priced at 7,990 INR (for the top variant), the Meizu M5 feels like a decent Redmi 4 alternative. However, since Meizu isn’t very active in India, we are not sure what to expect in terms of after sales support. So if you have a service center near your place, are looking for something other than Redmi without spending too much, you could surely consider this as an option.