Meizu M3s is the latest offering by Chinese phone maker Meizu. M3s has a smaller display than M3 note i.e. 5 inch and comes in two variants i.e. (2GB RAM+16GB) priced atRs.7,999 and (3GB RAM+32GB) for Rs.9,299. At this price range, the phone directly competes with Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime which is priced at Rs 8,999. The one we are reviewing here is 2GB variant device with 16GB of internal memory.
Build and Design
The Meizu M3s looks feels familiar. It looks precisely like the Redmi 3s, but with a fingerprint sensor on the front. Rounded edges add to the ergonomics, while the smartphone is also really compact. The build doesn’t leave much to grumble about, and feels solid.
The metal back is somewhat slippery, however, which might be infuriating for some users. On the surface, we have the 5.0-inch screen, the receiver, a selfie camera and the Mback button that is a signature of MEIZU products. This button features mTouch 2.1 technology and serves as a fingerprint scanner. On the top, you will find a 3,5mm mini Jack and nothing else.
On the right side of the device, there are power and volume keys. On the left,there is a tray for SIM cards . On the inferior section of the body, you will find the speakers, the microphone, and a micro-USB port.
The MEIZU M3 highlights a 5.0-inch 2.5D Arc screen that supports a 1280 x 720 HD resolution (296 pixels thickness). Touching the screen and performing swipes it’s really a delight since the display features 2.5D glass design that altogether enhances the ergonomy and style of the phone.
The picture quality is great and can be changed to suit your preferences. It also permits users to adjust the color temperature of the screen; that means you can change the display tone to warm when reading under low light and move back to ordinary or Vivid while viewing a video during the daytime.
Software / UI
The MEIZU M3S does not only runs Android 5.1 lollipop but also features FLYME OS 184.108.40.206, which is a custom OS based on Android that is constantly featured on MEIZU devices. The FLYME OS gives a few enhancements to the default interface and offers few other functions.
Several aspects of the interface, for example, colors, transitions and widgets have been improved to provide a better UI experience. Functions like a file explorer and a dynamic gallery have been seamless integrated. However, the best feature is the optimization provided, which aims to deliver a smoother and faster experience while using the device. The FLYME OS has several optimized power-saving scenarios and responds accordingly to them by managing the power consumption of applications and tasks.
There are very few pre-installed apps which are rather surprising because every brand at least pre-install Gmail, Maps and Photos. However, you’ll find Play Store and Google app from Google, and there are other apps like themes, video, music, etc. and there are no bloatware apps.
In short words, the FLYME OS provides the best optimization possible for the MEIZU M3S.
It’s worth mentioning the addition of mTouch 2.1 that allows the device to recognized fingerprints, this way the device will require the user’s fingerprint to be unlocked or using certain apps. The device and your personal information will be safe.
Powered by MediaTek MT7650 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, the smartphone is fit for handling most tasks and can easily run some graphic intensive games like Need for Speed, etc and so on with no heating issues. Switching between applications is smooth, despite the fact that you may see a bit of delay while changing back to any heavy application, however that doesn’t demolish the user experience.
The MEIZU M3 has dual cameras: the back camera has 13MP while the front one offers 5MP. Both cameras bolster automatic phase focusing, touch focus, and autofocus. The cameras are capable of recording video at 1080P 30FPS.
Flyme OS offer a few camera modes including beauty, panorama, slow motion, video, macro, and even GIF shooting.
As far as quality, the back camera is the best since it features a led flashlight and a better resolution. In any case, the photo quality declines essentially while shooting in diminish conditions, but during sunlight the outcomes are very satisfying.
Memory and storage
The MEIZU M3s features two variants: The essential M3s, that has 2GB RAM in addition to 16GB ROM, and the other which offers 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM for storage. Clearly, the 3GB one has the high hand here, however that doesn’t imply that the 2GB one misses the mark. You won’t see an drastic gap on the performance by any means.
Moreover, the internal storage can be extended by micro SD up to 128GB.
The Meizu M3s utilizes an all around optimised 3020 mAH battery. While utilizing the phone as an full day user, mostly for streaming music, browsing, chatting, calling and running games, it promptly kept going a whole workday. The battery of this phone can’t be removed and is meant to provide an entire day of autonomy. It takes around one and a half hour to be completely charged.
For a price of Rs 7999, Meizu M3s is a value for money device, but unfortunately, it has to compete with likes of Redmi 3s Prime or even Redmi 3s. While MEIZU M3s has a lot to offer such as the powerful performance, which is comparable to some high-end devices. Secondly, it has one of the best design we have ever seen in this range of prices.