Meizu launched its affordable premium smartphone M3 Note in China earlier this week, challenging the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The new rival in the budget smartphone space brings a plethora of new features that could attract a lot of mobile shoppers, especially in markets like India. But the details of its release in India haven't been confirmed by the company.
However, that doesn't mean the M3 Note won't see the day of light in the world's second largest smartphone market. Our sources have revealed that Meizu might launch the M3 Note in India next month. India Today also confirmed the handset's release in India is imminent and could happen as early as May.
Given the neck-to-neck competition in India, Meizu will need to get the pricing of its M3 Note right. The smartphone was launched in China for ¥799 for 16GB model and ¥999 for 32GB variant. Taking cues from the conversion value, the entry-level model of the M3 Note would be priced at around Rs 8,000, while the high-end model will retail at around Rs 10,000.
Xiaomi's Redmi Note 3 is available in India for Rs 9,999 for 16GB storage and 2GB RAM variant, and Rs 11,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model. In a recent comparison, we found both handsets to be equally good in terms of specs on paper. If Meizu can make its M3 Note cheaper than the Redmi Note 3, there is a good chance it could attract a lot of takers.
Meizu M3 Note offers a premium metal body made of 6000 series aluminium alloy, a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D glass display, a physical home button with fingerprint sensor, 13MP primary camera with PDAF, dual-tone flash, and 5MP front snapper.
The M3 Note is powered by a 64-bit class MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor, which is backed by either 2GB or 3GB RAM depending on the storage model. It also has a 4,100mAh battery and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based FlymeOS.