We got one of the unique Looking smartphone made by a Chinese company known as Meitu. Yes it sounds quite similar to Meizu but it is a different brand which is available in China , Hong kong and US.
The smartphone is priced at $345 on Amazon.com and is yet not available in India and we contacted Meitu about their plans to launch the device in India which they are keeping clandestine.
They may or may not launch some of the smartphones in Indian market in future.
It is a selfie smartphone which comes with 13 mega pixel front camera and there is also a 13 MP rear camera.
The smartphone looks different to any device I have ever used and some may call the shape too uncanny and others may totally like it and call it a premium device.
Unboxing – Meitu M4
The smartphone comes with the most impressive packaging I have ever seen with a smartphone. The box is quite large and looks like a premium cookie box from China.
Inside the Box :
- Charger Adapter
- USB Cable
- SimEjector tool
- 2 Screen guard
- User Manual
Meitu M4 Review – On the first loo the design looks primitive with large bezels and lot of space at the top of the screen and at the bottom. But if you use it for couple of days there are subtle things which make it feel comfortable in hand and looks are also quite distinguished from normal mobiles with very large curve at the top and bottom.
The top side and the bottom of the device has got metal edges which even add to distinctive looks. The bezels at the top of the display and even at the bottom are quite wide which takes lots of space and make the screen to body ratio too low on this smartphone.
I think it is more of a personal taste some people may like the design and some may totally rubbish it. But all said it does look different from other smartphones.
The smartphone comes with IPS LCD display with 4.7 inch screen. The resolution on the screen is HD (1280*720) pixels and the PPI is 326. The display has good color reproduction and don’t look saturated or washed out. Reading text and watching videos on the display was good experience.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 is very responsive and offers good performance. The smartphone also has got 2 GB of Ram which again handles the Android Kitkat and Meitu’s custom UI MeiOS 2 quite well. While opening apps and camera application the smartphone worked smoothly there was no issue in terms of switching from 1 App to other and considering the good clock rate of 1.7 Ghz on the processor it is good for all basic tasks.
We played some of the basic games on the smartphone like CandyCrush and subway surfer which ran smoothly without any hiccups.
Meitu M4 Review – The front 13 Mega pixel camera is the highlight of this smartphone and offers decent performance in well lit conditions and also is quite reasonable when you click photos indoor or in low light. The pictures are quite clear when taken from the front camera with decent level of details.
Selfie from Front Camera :
The rear camera is also a 13 Mega pixel shooter and can take good images in well lit conditions, Images in the low lit or artificial lit areas can become grainy. The Auto-focus also is not the slowest I have seen but also is not very fast.
Some Sample Photos from Rear Camera :
OS and User Experience
The smartphone comes with Android Kitkat 4.4.2 OS and has a custom skin loaded on top of it. The custom UI from Meitu is known as the MeiOS 2 which comes with some good features like taking quick screenshots. Host of camera apps developed by Meitu to augment the camera function.
There is a very cool feature which allows you to change the wallpaper with one single click on the Wallpaper change icon. There are also different themes and dialer tones which are bundled with the smartphone which are well made and will appeal to must users.
Battery Life of the device is okay not too great, I was able to use the smartphone till evening with good amount of usage and the 2150 mAH battery capacity worked for more hours than I was expecting it.
The smartphone comes with Single sim slot and it has support for 3G as well as 4G LTE. WIFI and bluetooth connectivity also worked fine and the call quality while using it on 3G and 2G network was also good. The speakers and microphone used in the device are decent and I was pleased with the call quality of the device.
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Summing it Up Let’s share some of the Major Pro’s and Cons of Meitu M4.
- Good 13 MP front Selfie Camera.
- 32 GB of Internal Storage .
- Smooth performance and MEiOS 2 Customization.
- Design could have been Better.
- High Price.
Concluding Thoughts : Meitu M4 Review
The Meitu M4 comes with a distinct design which some people may like and other may not. Specs for the smartphone are okay and the distinguishing feature is the 13 Mega Pixel Front selfie camera which can take decent selfies.
The integration of Meitu Apps with the Camera native application and availability of tons of options for clicking images and different effects will please selfie lovers.
The design and space utilization on the front of the smartphone could have been much better and pricing definitely in India should be around 10K considering there are lots of great smartphones available at very affordable price in India.
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