Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is updating its budget smartphone lineup with a new phone that sells for under $100, but which has an HD display, an octa-core processor, and a large battery.
Last year the company launched the Meizu M2 with a 5 inch, 720p display, a quad-core CPU, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
Now Meizu has unveiled the M3 smartphone which has the same screen sized and resolution, but a more powerful processor and a bigger battery. There’s also now an option for folks that want more RAM and storage.
The Meizu M3 features a MediaTek MT6750 processor with 8 ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit CPU cores and Mali-T860 graphics.
The phone has a 2,870 mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a microSD card slot. It supports 4G LTE (in China, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11n WiFi.
An entry-level model is expected to sell for about 599 RMB ($92 US) has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, but Meizu will also offer a 799 RMB ($123) version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Like most Meizu smartphones, the M3 is likely to be available exclusively in China at launch. But it’s yet another sign that even budget smartphones can have respectable hardware in 2016.
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