Meizu has launched a new budget smartphone with better specs than you’d probably expect from a device that costs $110.

The Meizu M1 features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit processor and a 5 inch, 1280 x 768 pixel display.

If there’s a catch, it’s that the Meizu M1 is only available in China at the moment.

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While Meizu plans to expand beyond its home country, right now the company’s primarily a big deal in China. That’s not exactly small potatoes: more than a billion people live in China. But it’ll be a little easier for folks in the US and Europe to get excited by phones like the Meizu M1 when they actually have a chance to buy one.

The M1 features a 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6732 processor, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 2610mAh battery.

At launch, the phone will ship with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The phone also includes a microSD card reader that can handle up to 128GB of removable storage.

Rival company Xiaomi recently launched its own entry-level phone with mid-range specs. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core chip based on ARM Cortex-A53 design and a 4.7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display.

When Xiaomi first launched the phone earlier this month it also had 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and sold for $112, but this week the company announced a new model with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage.

The new Redmi 2 will probably cost a little more money than the original… and a little more than the Meizu M1. But both phones seem remarkably inexpensive by US standards.

via GizChina and GSM Arena

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11 replies on “Meizu M1 is a $110 smartphone with decent hardware (in China)”

  1. From Where I Can Buy Meizu M1 Smart Phone In Bangladesh.

  2. If this thing had 1 GB more of RAM and 16 GB of storage it’d be a insta-buy for me.

  3. I am interested in Chinese phones… But only the ones that have the proper GSM bands (WCMDA 850 and 1900) that make them ideal for use in the US. The vast majority of import phones do not have both of these bands.

  4. Thanks for the (in China) at the top of the article. That way I can just read this last. I may be in the minority but I’m not that interested in tech not designed to operate in N.A.

    1. Many of us are interested in tech in general. Not just what is available to buy in North America.

      1. I understand and can appreciate that. It just gets a little disappointing having to read the entire article then to get to the end and find out that that phone isn’t compatible or going to be sold in North America.

        1. It’s 2015. You’ll be able to order it from China (aliexpress, ebay and many other sites) and it will most likely operate in North America (sans the LTE probably).

          The sad truth is that Chinese are much more business oriented than North Americans! It is way more difficult to get products out of USA/Canada than out of China. The situation is slowly getting better but Americans are still miles away from Chinese when an international export service is involved.

  5. You kinda mess up in a few places.
    There is no way in hell Meizu said they might launch a 2GB version,that’s just some people assuming.
    Then you say Redmi 1 instead of 2, Redmi 2 is with SD410 and yeah they seem to have added a 2GB RAM version since everybody complains about 1GB with their ROM.
    Specs and price wise it’s notreally remarkable though, ofc Redmi 2 is even less so. The Lenovo K3 for example is 5 inch 720p , SD410 , 1GB RAM, 16GB NAND , 8MP and 2MP at 96$. Asus Pegasus is 5 inch 720p , MT6732 , 2GB RAM ,16GB NAND and microSD , 8MP and 5MP cams, 2500mAh at 128$ (so 16$ but at least has 2GB RAM) and that’s just a couple of examples.

    1. 1. You’re right — that was a typo (I accidentally said Redmi 1 on first reference and Redmi 2 on second reference) and I’ve fixed it,
      2. Right again… I misread some of my source material. It doesn’t look like Meizu said it’s considering 2GB of RAM. That was speculation. I’ve removed that line from the article.


  6. yeah, this thing sounds awesome. i’ll wait for the 2GB version. Keep it about $150 and I’m in. otherwise, I will buy an older mainstream flagship.

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