Meizu M3 Max Review
Meizu doesn’t stop and enter in Italy (actually a few months ago) some of its newer models including the latest Meizu M3 Max. Find out what can offer this smartphone from important dimensions. Blue Italian market package contains a microUSB to USB cable, a power adapter 12V/2A and the attachment to open the buggy of the SIM.
It is almost Needless to specify that Meizu M3 Max is a large device. It is however important to specify how the company is not be involved particularly in make it less slippery. Good work done on the control of dimensions, which make it seem not so great as it really is. The physical buttons on the right side are reached then quite well and everyone has a good click. The smartphone is made of aluminum and has an iconic design for Meizu: clean but not particularly inspired in the rear.
Inside the Meizu M3 Max we find a CPU 1.8 GHz octa core Mediatek P10 Helio with Mali graphics processor T860MP2. Performance is overall very good and this thanks to 3 GB of RAM. The internal memory is expandable to 64 GB and it is well, although in this case you will have to give up the second SIM dwarf format. Up to 150 Mbps is LTE connectivity but lacks unfortunately (as on all Meizu) the 800 MHz band. we have the dual-band ac, WiFi Bluetooth 4.1, while missing the NFC chip.
The speaker is positioned below the grid at the bottom of the phone and offers a volume and a quality average. The fingerprint reader is located on the front and also acts as a home button and back. Detecting touch is precise and unlocking is quick enough (although not lightning).
The main camera of this M3 Max is a 13 megapixel ƒ/2.2. Is not very bright and low light is not always easy to make good pictures when the brightness falls. It’s going to take some patience to get still images and reusable. Already the best photos in good light, but some suffer the highlights. The HDR in this case helps but the simple software Meizu in this case makes it a bit more complex requiring two steps to activate it. The same considerations also for videos that are sufficient, but not much more.
The screen is a large 6 inch IPS with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The resolution is more than sufficient and overall the display is one of the best spots in this smartphone offering a good brightness, discreet viewing angles and color quite faithful. Automatic brightness works well overall, but they are likely a bit too down to our liking.
Android 6.0 Marshmallows is what you will find inside Meizu M3 Max. Obviously this is a heavily customized version. We speak of the FlyMe, here at 18.104.22.168 version G. The system, for those who know the FlyMe, has characters that remind us that we always talk about Android, but also some fundamental differences, due mainly to the presence of a single physical key. Case pressure to return to home, with a touch you will go back and stop it with a long press the screen. You are special additional features in this software, but still appreciate the variety of available themes, the app Security to manage permissions and notifications (you won’t have problems with apps that you install) or with good file manager included.
Meizu also integrates the proprietary software for web browsing, music and video. They all work fine and are graphically pleasing. As soon as you start up your phone the Play Store is preinstalled but a reset will “disappear”. You then go to the Hot app Apps and accordingly to Google Installer. A functional solution though not spotless.
|Network||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2016, September|
|Body||Dimensions||163.4 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm (6.43 x 3.21 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||189 g (6.67 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.0 inches (~74.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density)|
|– Flyme UI|
|Platform||OS||Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||64 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection|
|Secondary||5 MP, f/2.0|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Features||Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min (mCharge)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor
|Battery||Non-removable 4100 mAh battery|
|Misc||Colors||Champagne Gold, Silver, Gray, Rose Gold|
|Tests||Performance||Basemark OS II: 1009 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 335
Basemark X: 5219
|Display||Contrast ratio: 976:1 (nominal), 2.447 (sunlight)|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 62dB / Noise 70dB / Ring 84dB|
The battery is a substantial 4100 mAh non removable disk. This ensures good autonomy and on almost every occasion we will always bring at the end of the day. Unfortunately it is not a device to 2 full days of charging, but at least there going to quit at the end of the day. This rapid charging mCharge of Meizu. Meizu M3 Max is sold in Italy at a price of € 289 physical and online stores. The price may also be relatively content for supermarket chains, but we still hoped for a downward departure, even considering the fierce competition.