In Beijing, just a couple of hours ago, Meizu held a conference with the previously given theme “Connect to Meizu”. We have also already heard about Meizu’s co-operation with Haier, and the rumors about M1 Note “Mini” release to date, so many might have thought today’s conference at Beijing can’t hold any more surprises – but let’s find out if it does!
The first announcement at todays event is a little brother for the colorful M1 Note – which already sold 2 million pieces since launch. The design is identical to it’s big brother – they’re both made out of polycarbonate plastic and come in several color variations – the only difference being the size. The M1 Note Mini features a 5″ screen which is obviously a bit smaller compared to the full-size Note. Its 1280×768 300ppi screen is of some, yet unknown – different technology, which we believe (and hope) was changed to extend battery life. Talking about battery life, the M1 Mini runs on a 2610 mAh Li-Ion battery, which is a respectable capacity for a device this small, and should provide great battery performance.
Unlike any Meizu phone since the MX, the M1 Note Mini’s built-in 8Gb storage can be extended up to 128Gb with an external SD-card. The phone weighs 128 grams and is only 8.9 mm thick. It’s 64-bit Mediatek MT6732 Quad Core (1.5GHz each core) chipset along with Mali-T760 GPU and 1GB LPDDR3 RAM make sure the user experience will not stutter even with the thoughest games. Also at the event Meizu claimed the new device to have support for YunOS-based version of Flyme – no word on Android was given but we believe the device will have support for both YunOS and Android based firmwares.
The smaller “Blue Charm” phone, the new Note Mini, was throughout the whole presentation brought up to comparisation with Xiaomi’s competitive model – the Redmi 2. The phones are almost the same size, while Meizu’s latest device covers up a much larger percentage of the rear panel with its screen. The M1 Note Mini seems to beat its rival in pretty much every category, including screen, battery, camera, storage, speed & performance, and where nothing else comes on the M1 Note Mini’s way is it’s price. This 30,000 points-in-AnTuTu-reaching bad boy sells for only 99€ in China, which makes the phone rise into a whole new atmosphere of value.
Connect to Meizu
As already reported (and rumoured), Meizu has partnered up with Haier in order to bring Smart Home products, compatible with their phones of course, to the market. Today, together with Haier, Meizu launched a whole new line of in-collaboration Smart Home products. Along with several different air purifiers (which I hear are handy in China) they also released “X-Light Plus”, a “Smart Lamp” (or rather a light bulb) and “RyFit”, a fitness-tracking scale. To work in co-operation with the Smart devices, Meizu launched two programs: LifeKit and uHome, which we will take a deeper look into as soon as we hear more about international customers’ support and availability. No info on the M1 Note Mini’s international availability was gathered either – yet.