“The MEIZU m2 is a compact budget smartphone that supports 4G. Our first impressions”
Following the launch of its budget phablet, the m2 note (review), MEIZU unveiled a the m2, a more affordable and compact version of the smartphone. A few months after it went on sale in China, MEIZU announced the device for the Indian market in exclusive partnership with Snapdeal. The m2 is pretty loaded when it comes to specs, and marks MEIZU’s entry in the popular sub-Rs 7,000 smartphone segment. The device has just gone on sale in India, and we have a unit in our labs. We’re going to begin with an unboxing and first impressions.
The m2 comes in classic MEIZU packaging consisting a square, flat white box with blue accents. Opening up the lid, you’ll find the m2 nestled in a tray, with the trademark MEIZU SIM ejector tool pasted alongside. Underneath the smartphone you’ll find documentation like the quick start guide and warranty. Removing the tray reveals a USB cable and two-pin wall charger. The usual MEIZU quirk of inserting a piece of foam with the label ‘earphone not included’ is present in this retail box too.
The back panel features a soft touch matte finish. The 13MP primary camera and LED flash are placed on the top, while MEIZU branding is at the bottom. Thanks to the 5-inch screen, the MEIZU m2 is compact enough for single-handed use.
The m2 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop overlaid with Flyme OS 4.5.3. Flyme brings a modified user interface with large, blocky icons, no app drawer, and a range of gestures. While the interface itself is clean and fluid, Flyme doesn’t come pre-loaded with the standard suite of Google apps, so while you get Maps and the Play Store, you’ll still need to download Drive, Hangouts, Gmail, Chrome, etc.
At its price of Rs 6,999, the m2 packs in quite a punch, and appears to be a value-for-money device. It will be up against some stiff competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime (review), YU Yuphoria (review) and Lenovo A6000 Plus (review), but how it fares in terms of day-to-day performance is something we’ll be testing over the next few weeks. Check back for our full review.