Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 isn’t the only new phone launching today… and it’s not even the only new phone with dual rear cameras and the word “Note” in its name to launch today.

Chinese device maker Meizu has unveiled the Meizu M6 Note, which is an entry-level phone with a 5.5 inch display, a dual camera system, and at least 3GB of RAM.

Priced at the equivalent of about $165 and up, it’s also about 17 percent the price of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (which sells for $930).

Of course, the Galaxy Note 8 is a much better phone in just about every way. Samsung’s phone has a bigger, higher-resolution screen, a faster processor, more RAM, and Samsung’s S-Pen.

But it’s still impressive just how much phone you can get for $165. The Meizu M6 Note features a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, Android 7.1 Nougat software with the Flyme OS 6.0 user interface, and a 4,000 mAh battery with support for fast charging when using an 18W charger. There’s also a fingerprint sensor built into the home button.

The rear camera system features a 12MP Sony IMX362 image sensor and a 5MP secondary-camera that helps the autofocus function work quickly, and which also allows you to blur the background of an image with Bokeh-style effects.

The phone comes in blue, black, or gold, and an entry-level model has 3GB of Ram and 16GB of storage. There’s also a 3GB/32GB model for $195 and a 4GB/64GB model that sells for $255.

Meizu sells its phones in China and a handful of other countries, but it’s unlikely that this phone will get an official US launch.

via GSM Arena

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12 replies on “Meizu’s M6 Note launches for $165 and up (or about 20 percent the price of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8)”

  1. The biggest news is that it’s Meizu’s first phone powered by Qualcomm.

    1. My mistake…there was a carrier variant of the M1 Note that came and went a few years ago.

      Better to say this is the first Snapdragon-powered Meizu since Qualcomm threatened them with legal action over patents.

  2. It’s Snapdragon 625, octa core a53. Just say no to anything without a dual core a72 and 10bit have h265. I’m only collecting 4k content these days. Even of the phone display is only 1080p it needs to play 4k files.

    1. Agreed.
      Many Chinese phones have Quadcore, Hexacore, Octacore processors with only the Cortex A53 base.
      If it was a more powerful Cortex A55, and clocked real high, it would be forgivable. But they just offer a lacklustre performance in a flooded market.
      I still recommend people look at the QSD 650 at the minimum. The QSD 652 and QSD 653 are faster and more easier to recommend. The QSD 820 would be a wonderful mid-range chip today, but it looks to be unavailable for retail. Same goes for the QSD 821. That leaves only the QSD 660.

      The nice compromise would probably be:
      $250
      5.7in 1080p IPS screen
      QSD 660
      4GB/64GB (+microSD)
      4,000mAh battery
      Flat glass, Aluminium back
      Fingerprint on back, Headset port on bottom, two Speakers on front
      …..70% of a flagship device’s capability at 30% of cost = immensely popular!

      1. Do you own or have you used a phone with the SD 635? I have one that is my daily phone and it has never lagged or stuttered once. I am not a gamer. If I was I might want more power. BTW, I can easily get 2 days out of a charge. (Galaxy C7)

  3. Ok, just to be clear, does “5X less” mean “83% less”? If so, why? What is it about the “less” operator that makes “five times less” = “point eight seven times less”? Replacing “less” with “more” or “as much” in similar situations yields very different results in these situations.

    1. Yeah, I can see how that could be weird. The point I was trying to make is that the Note 8 is 5X more expensive… but multiplication probably isn’t the best way to highlight how much *less* something costs.

      1. I see various opinions on this point of communication, from the hard-line https://timesless.com/ to the alternative interpretation https://www.quora.com/What-exactly-does-three-times-less-of-something-equate-to-or-what-is-meant-by-it

        I just wanted to confirm the usage here.

        Basically, you’re using “X is Y times less than Z” as Z = X(Y + 1), whereas the Quora link consensus seems to be Z = XY, and timesless.com interprets it as Z = X – XY. All three have fair reasoning, but I’ve always used the third and kept the value for Y below 1 (“83% less” rather than “5 times less”) unless it makes sense for Z to be negative (“The ocean trench is 5 times lower than the Empire State building is tall.”), which still can be confusing.

      1. It was your question, it made no sense to even ask unless you have a learning deficit! I think most readers who are regular here understood it without the mathematical mumbo jumbo needed.

        1. I am a regular reader here, and I don’t have to take your ridiculous assertion that I have a learning deficit. If it makes no sense to ask for confirmation on a known unclear phrasing, then there is no point to clear communication. This isn’t “mathematical mumbo jumbo”, and your denigrating phrasing just shows your disdain for clarity, not an inherent flaw with clear communication. I’m sorry you have to resort to personal attacks to get your point across, but message received: you are a rude person.

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