News by Luke Jones on Wednesday July 29, 2015.
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This is the week for smartphones that offer bang for buck. OnePlus launched is Flagship Killer OnePlus 2 earlier in the week, before Motorola landed with three affordable handsets, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and 2015 Moto G. Now it is Meizu's turn, with the Chinese company looking to the entry level to deliver a smartphone that offers much for a humble price tag.The Meizu M2 is an impressive enough device all-round, with solid specs and a smart design, and it only gets better when you consider this package costs just $99. In terms of specs, the M2 comes with a 5-inch screen with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6735 (1.3GHz Cortex A53 quad-core CPU, with Mali T720 GPU), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage and micro SD card capacity up to 128GB. Elsewhere there is a 13-megapixel f/2.0 main shooter, and a 5 megapixel front facing lens. The handset is running Android 5.1, but one of the things that differs Meizu from its Chinese peers is its choice of skin running over stock Android. The likes of Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo have boggy UI's, but here Meizu is using Flyme 4.5, which runs very smoothly and applies a light touch to Google's platform. Considering the fact Meizu typically has high build quality, we are very impressed by the overall package here. Yes, the company is still not a global player, and this M2 is likely to stay in Asia for now before eventually coming to Europe and Latin America. U.S. customers will be left out, but there are third party outlets where you can buy imported Meizu devices.
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