Meizu M3E is the latest smartphone launched by the Chinese tech giant Meizu in it’s home country. The smartphone comes with tried and tested design with some improvements to offer a much better looking device to Meizu fans. The Meizu M3E front side resembles the Meizu M3 Note which was launched in India couple of weeks back.
The Meizu M3E is priced at 1299 CNY (Or Rs. 13,300), it will go on sale in the Chinese market starting 14th August 2016 and will come in 4 colors – Grey , Gold , Rose Gold and Blue.
The Meizu M3E or the Meizu M3 Note both get the design inspiration from Apple iPhone 6s with very strong resemblance to the speaker grill and front face. The Meizu M3E however has a sandblasted metallic back cover, which reminds me of the HTC M8 or M9 with a curved back cover.
Overall the design is really impressive and the solid metallic build with premium finish makes the device look ultimate.
The Meizu M3E also has a lot of similarities when compared to the Meizu M3 Note as far as the internal specs are concerned.
Meizu M3E is powered by the same Mediatek Helio P10 processor used in the Meizu M3 Note. The Helio P10 processor comes with 4 cores clocked @ 1.8 GHz and 4 Cores Clocked at 1.0 GHz with A-53 architecture. The smartphone comes with 3 GB Ram to ensure fluid and lag free multi-tasking. For gaming and graphics intensive tasks the Meizu M3E has Mali T860 GPU which can run most modern games.
The smartphone comes with 32 GB of internal storage and also has support for micro-sd card to expand the storage.
The Meizu M3E comes with 5.5 Inch Display and Full HD resolution (1920*1080) pixels with 401 PPI. The smartphone display has a 2.5 D curve glass which make the front look more elegant than most budget smartphones with a flat face.
There was a news that the Meizu M3E runs the infamous YunOS or Aliyun OS. We will tell a little story about this OS below but as per the official website of Meizu the Meizu M3E runs on the Android Lollipop 5.1 along with the Flyme OS. There is no mention of YunOS and it is not clear if it has the YunOS.
The Meizu M3E comes with a better camera when compared to the Meizu M3 Note, it has a 13 MP rear camera which uses Sony IMX258 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5P lens. The front camera has a 5 MP sensor and can take decent selfies.
The Meizu M3E comes with m.touch sensor which can unlock the smartphone in a blink of an eye. The sensor is integrated in the Home Button.
The smartphone runs on 3100 mAH battery capacity, which is significantly lower than the 4100 mAH battery on the Meizu M3 Note. The Meizu M3E comes with fast charging mcharge support which can charge the smartphone upto 50% in 30 minutes and 90% in one hour.
The smartphone has a thickness of 7.9 mm and weighs 172 grams. The Meizu M3 note surprisingly weighs 163 grams despite of having a larger battery. But the extra weight of M3E is attributed to a more robust metallic build unlike some of the metallic phones with thin back cover.
The Meizu M3E comes with 2 nano sim and 4G LTE support and also has the USB Type C port for connectivity.
Meizu M3E has already got 3 million registrations for the first sale on 14th August 2016 in China, definitely these are not the pre-orders but expression of interest from the buyers. The premium looks and great specs at an affordable price what else does the buyers want. Meizu M3E is definitely a smartphone to look forward to.
Brief Story of YunOS or Aliyun OS
The Meizu M3E was alleged to come with the new modded version of Android named as YunOS also named as Aliyun OS. There is a bit of history about the Aliyun OS or the YunOS – It was developed by the Chinese largest e-commerce company Alibaba back in 2011 and 2012. Usually Meizu phones come with the FlymeOS skin on top of Android.
There was an Acer smartphone which was supposed to get launched in China with this OS but Google stopped it as Google had concerns with the OS and Alibaba used the Android OS being an open source to build the Aliyun OS but there were some of the issues between Google and Alibaba over the Aliyun OS. As the history states Acer did not launched the smartphone though there were some of the smartphones which got launched with the Aliyun OS in China but the OS never became popular.
Google in 2012 stated that an OS like Aliyun weakens the Eco-System for Android.
Words of Google Back then “Compatibility is at the heart of the Android ecosystem and ensures a consistent experience for developers, manufacturers and consumers. Non-compatible versions of Android, like Aliyun, weaken the ecosystem. All members of the Open Handset Alliance have committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices. This does not however, keep OHA members from participating in competing ecosystems.”
According to Google Aliyun OS is a forked version of it’s Android OS and is incompatible as well as features pirated Apps.