Meizu, building on the success of its budget smartphones, has officially started selling the M1 metal in China for about $220 (Rs 15,000). The handset was originally launched a month ago but its availability remained a mystery, until now.

The availability of Meizu M1 metal has been confined to a few online stores in China. If you are eager to get your hands on the M1 metal outside China, the chances are as good as nil as Meizu has no plan of selling it elsewhere as of now. 

The features of the Meizu M1 metal have been quite impressive and driving sales. The handset boasts of a full metal body, as the name suggests, along with high-end specs comparable to the company's own MX5 flagship.

The Meizu M1 metal features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 13-megapixel primary camera with super fast focus of 0.2 seconds, a LED flash and a 5MP front snapper. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Helio X10 MediaTek MT6795 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB/32GB expandable storage, according to the product listing on GizChina.

Additionally, the handset also packs Meizu mTouch 2.1 fingerprint scanner and a 3,140mAh battery. The handset supports high-speed 4G LTE networks and comes with dual SIM slots, one of which serves as the microSD card slot.

Available in five colours - gold, grey, blue, pink and white - the Meizu M1 metal can be bought for $220 for the 16GB variant while the 32GB variant costs $250. The higher storage variant is not available but prospective buyers can pre-order the device online. 

Sadly, there is no news of the Meizu M1 metal's arrival in India, where Meizu is stepping up its game in the budget smartphone space. If the handset does arrive in India, it is likely to get a good response from budget shoppers who are looking for premium design and specs at an affordable price.