Meizu may be a bit slow in terms of launching its phones in India, but it is not stagnant. After several months of official release in China, Meizu finally brought the latest budget smartphone, the m3s, to India to take advantage of the growing demand for feature-rich, but low-priced phones.
Meizu m3s is a successor to the company's successful m3 smartphone in India and a toned down version of the M3 Note. Meizu m3s comes in two variants, 2GB RAM+16GB storage and 3GBRAM and 32GB storage. The entry-level model is priced at Rs 7,999 and the high-end model costs Rs 9,299.
Both variants will be available exclusively on Snapdeal starting Wednesday midnight. Buyers can choose from three colour options, grey silver and gold colour, just like other Meizu smartphones.
In terms of specifications, the m3s brings several upgrades as compared to the m3 smartphone. It has a metal unibody, a larger 3,020mAh battery and the much-needed fingerprint scanner integrated within the phone's home button.
If the company's previous phones are any indication, then the fingerprint scanner will be just as good and can unlock the phone with utmost accuracy in a fraction of a second.
Other specs include a 5-inch HD display with 2.5D curved glass, a 13MP primary camera with dual LED flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP front snapper with f/2.0 aperture.
The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek octa-core processor and Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Flyme 5 UI.
Besides aging software, the m3s smartphone also lacks fast charging capability, which is slowly picking up as a standard for phones with large batteries. But the handset supports 4G as well as VoLTE, which is beneficial for users of Reliance Jio with free HD calls.
With all these specs and ultra-low price tag, Meizu m3s is pitted against some of the industry's best sellers and it may not have the same success as its rivals. Some of the alternatives for shoppers in the sub-Rs 10,000 price range include Xiaomi Redmi note 3, LeEco Le 1s Eco, Coolpad Note 3 Lite and others.