Meizu M1 Note is the much awaited entry level Meizu phone that has midrange worthy specifications this early 2015! Last night we've had a quick getting to know stage with the M1 Note and I'm happy to report that it was a splendid piece of machine especially for its asking price of just PHP 7,990!

Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
Meet Meizu M1 Note
Build Quality

Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
microUSB port and speakers
When it comes to this part some may expect that the plastic build quality of the Meizu M1 Note feels cheap. However, you guys are wrong. The Meizu M1 Note uses a good type of polycarbonate plastic that feels really solid compared to other local phones that uses this one. I would say that the overall feel of the product feels more solid than the Microsoft Lumia 535 and about to be on par with the Lumia 730 and the iPhone 5c. It may be prone to hairline scratches because of its glossy finish, but that's minimal and could be remedied by a case.

Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
Volume rocker area found on the left side
Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
on the right side you can see the micro SIM card slot
Top view of the phone showing the power button, mic and 3.5 mm female jack
Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
The gorgeous display of Meizu M1 Note
The display of the phone looks also very sharp and clear from my quick moment with it, thanks to its 400 ppi FHD screen. The other important feature of its screen that falls in this category is the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which ensures that the glass won't have scratches and break easily. Another thing, the display of M1 Note isn't a finger print magnet.

Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
MX4, M1 Note, MX4 Pro
Compared to its the more expensive MX4 and MX4 Pro this phone lags a little as both phones utilizes a more premium and solid aircraft alloy aesthetics. The Meizu M1 Note also looks slightly bigger and thich than the MX4 and the MX4 Pro, but that doesn't mean that the phone is bulky or hard to hold. It feels great in my hands and should not slip very easily. Overall this phone still feels durable in this price range even without that metal feel.

Camera Samples

Selfie camera sample
Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
Rear camera sample (auto mode)
Both the rear camera and the front camera feels very sharp and detailed at first look and doesn't have that much noise! So far so good, I wish I could test it in different lighting conditions soon.

Quick Benchmarks

Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
Antutu benchmark (Almost 40K baby!)
Meizu M1 Note Quick Hands On Review! The Best Phone You Can Get Under PHP 10K As Of The Moment!
8 cores and Mali-T760 confirmed!
Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inches IGZO display at 1080p (400 ppi) Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor:  64 bit MT6752 with an octa core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T760 
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • ROM: 16 / 32 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP f/2.2 Samsung Sensor
  • Front Camera: 5 MP f/2.0 with 4 element lens
  • Battery: 3140 mAh Capacity
  • OS: Android 4.4 Kitkat with Flyme 4.0
  • Connectivity: WiFi / Bluetooth / LTE / 3G
  • Dimensions: 75.2 x 150.7 x 8.9mm
  • Price: PHP 7,990

As of the moment

For me this is arguably the best phone under PHP 10k! I really don't know how did Meizu was able to make this, but it's such a great refreshing feeling to see a phone like this. It could start the revolution of having a great phone even at this price point. Both the rear and front camera is more than decent, the display is top notch (best display in this price point) and the quick benchmarks gives us a preview that this can compete with flagship phones of early 2014 and probably beat most midrange phones this 2015. So far the only missing thing I can see in this phone is the lack of microSD card, fortunately Meizu made up for it by making this a USB OTG capable phone. Overall, that awesome specs to price ratio makes this very phone hard to resist.
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