The budget smartphone market in India is booming and smartphone manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned to make the most of it. Meizu expanded its presence in India with the release of all-new m2 smartphone with an attractive price tag. The new handset competes with several sub-Rs. 10,000 phones and here's a comparison of Meizu m2 with Coolpad Dazen 1 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime.
It's hard to decide when you are left with multiple options and hence this comparison will bring you closure to each smartphone and its offering.
Meizu m2 sports a sealed unibody using polycarbonate and features a simple design with curved edges. The handset is compact and offers a good grip and feels light in hand. Comparitively, Coolpad Dazen 1 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime feature matte finished plastic rear cover and candy bar design. All three phones appear quite different.
Meizu m2 features a 5-inch HD display with GFF full lamination technology to minimise reflection and improve readability in sunlight. The Coolpad smartphone also features a 5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, while the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime comes with a more compact 4.7-inch HD display. Clearly, the smaller display in the Redmi 2 Prime increases the pixel density to 312ppi compared to 294ppi in the other two models.
Meizu m2 packs a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor made by Samsung that uses an f/2.2 aperture for rich and sharp images. There's an LED flash to give you clear shots in low light conditions. The front camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture for better selfies.
As for the Coolpad Dazen 1, the rear-facing camera has an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, which is same as the Redmi 2 Prime. But on the front side, Coolpad Dazen 1 offers a 5MP sensor while Xiaomi smartphone comes with an inferior 2MP snapper.
Under the hood
Meizu m2 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, Mali T720 GPU and 16GB internal space. The UI is highly customised with the Flyme OS 4.5 that is based on Google's Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. Dazen 1 also packs similar specifications as the Redmi 2 Prime, with its Snapdragon 410 SoC and 2GB RAM but offers 8GB onboard storage.
All three smartphones support high-speed 4G LTE bandwidths and come with dual SIM slots. It's worth noting that the Meizu m2's second SIM slot also serves as the microSD card slot, which leaves users with the option to either run another network or add more storage.
Meizu is proudly showing off the battery capabilities of its m2 smartphone, which sports a 2,500mAh unit. According to the company, the handset can last 23 hours on 2G phone call or 10 hours on 4G talk time. Dazen 1 comes with a similar size battery as the Meizu m2 but the Redmi 2 Prime packs a slightly smaller 2,200mAh battery.
Price and availability
Meizu m2 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime are priced Rs. 6,999 in India while the Coolpad Dazen 1 sells for Rs. 1,000 less at Rs. 5,999. Meizu m2 was sold out on day 1 of its flash sale on 12 October and the next sale is yet to be announced. The sale will be conducted exclusively on Snapdeal.