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Meizu M3s

The Meizu M3s is not the best phone in the segment, instead it is just a runner up

Meizu m3s 16 GB Rating
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Our Verdict

The Meizu M3s is a weaker alternative to the Xiaomi Redmi 3s. It’s not the best phone in the segment, but has some good things about it. If you want the absolute best, the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime is the phone to buy.

PROS

  • Good display
  • Well built
  • Decent perforamance

CONS

  • Lacks a good camera
  • Battery life is just average

Meizu m3s 16 GB: Detailed Review

The Meizu M3s is the successor to last year’s Meizu M2, a phone we really liked. However, the sub-10K smartphone segment currently has the stiffest competition, which makes it a tough one to compete in. So, is the Meizu M3s up for the task? We found out in our review.

Build and Design

The Meizu M3s looks feels familiar. It looks exactly like the Redmi 3s, but with a fingerprint sensor on the front. Rounded edges add to the ergonomics, while the phone is also really compact. The build doesn’t leave much to complain about, and feels sturdy.

The metal back is somewhat slippery, though, which may be irksome for some users. The tactility of the power button and volume rocker, on the other hands, is not upto the mark. The feedback is low, because of which you often miss a button press.

Display and UI

Complementing the small footprint of the phone is the 5-inch IPS LCD, which is one of the better displays at this price. It has good viewing angles and the colour saturation is decent. The touch response and brightness could have been better, as the display boasted max luminescence of 507 Lux. In comparison, phones like the Redmi 3s Prime and Lenovo K6 Power registered 610 Lux and 532 Lux, respectively. Neither qualify as really bright, though.

The UI has remained the same since the Meizu M3 Note, unfortunately including the Android version. Buying phones that run on two generation old Android versions is really not something we’d recommend. You will also have to download Google apps yourself, like Gmail, Chrome, Youtube, etc, manually. This isn’t new for Meizu fans, but first time users may be surprised. Similarly, the single home-cum-back-cum-fingerprint scanner does require some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it is quite intuitive.

Performance

The Meizu M3s is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 Soc. This new octa-core SoC is a tad faster than last year’s MediaTek MT6725 SoC, used on the M2. It still lags behind the Xiaomi Redmi 3S in performance. Be it day-to-day performance or just gaming, the M3s is a tad slower compared to the Snapdragon 430 powered Redmi 3S Prime. The synthetic benchmarks further justify our findings.

Using the phone on day-to-day basis, it occasionally stutters while switching apps and sometimes even while loading them. It’ll work for basic users, but doesn’t qualify as the best in this range. Games like Asphalt 8 had load time delays and in-game lags, but the phone managed to run other games that we tested without any major issues, unlike the Meizu M3 Note.

Battery

The Meizu M3s uses a well optimised 3020 mAH battery, which scores just over 5 hours on the PCMark battery benchmark. While using the phone as a daily driver, mostly for streaming music, browsing, chatting, calling and running games, it readily lasted us an entire workday. This is no match for the Redmi 3S Prime’s battery life, but if you don’t mind charging your phone once a day, the M3s will do just fine.

Camera

The camera is perhaps the weakest aspect of the Meizu M3s. The 13MP rear camera is unable to produce good images in any kind of light. Images captured lack details and shadows. Moreover, auto-exposure and focus are unreliable most of the times. Images taken in low light are hazy and have a lot of noise, making them unusable as well. The phone does have manual as well as HDR modes, but that doesn’t help much.

 

Bottomline

The Meizu M3s has one of the better displays we have seen in the budget segment. It is also well built and has decent performance. However, given that you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime at more or less the same price, this really isn’t as good value as you can get. The M3s lacks a good camera, and battery life is just about satisfactory.

Latest Forum discussions on Meizu m3s 16 GB

  • Meizu m2 vs meizu m2 note

    can anybody explain ….what is the basic difference between …Meizu m2 vs Meizu m2 note…..i am confused 🙁

    1. Kevz2206/11/2015

      [QUOTE=savithk;2266437]can anybody explain ….what is the basic difference between …Meizu m2 vs Meizu m2 note…..i am confused :-([/QUOTE]

      What’s so confusing?
      M2 Note has a 5.5 inch, FHD screen with Mediatek’s Octacore MT6753 1.3GHz proccy.
      M2 has a 5 inch, HD screen with Mediatek’s Quad core MT6735 1.3GHz proccy.
      Other features are…

    2. Ramakrishnan26/11/2015

      In all respects m2 is better. Pricewise, performancewise gaming quality of photos etc even though on paper the specs are high for the m2 note.note available but m2 is Very difficult to buy.

    3. Sankar78904/12/2015

      There’s nothing to confuse with. Let me tell you the simplest solution. Visit any top e-commerce website & look out for the reviews that the users have given written & ratings about that phone. You will know which one to buy & which phone to avoid. When it comes to the features, just compare the features of both the phones by keeping side by side.

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  • Where to buy meizu mx?

    The quad core meizu mx is really a powerful phone . I know its not available in india .
    Wanted to know is there a way to buy?

    1. Zangetsu05/07/2012

      ^never heard of it.which brand?

    2. Avpradee06/07/2012

      [QUOTE=Zangetsu;1695723]^never heard of it.which brand?[/QUOTE]

      Please check the link:

      [url]http://en.meizu.com/products/mx-product.html[/url]

    3. Sam06/07/2012

      [QUOTE=avpradee;1695698]The quad core meizu mx is really a powerful phone . I know its not available in india .
      Wanted to know is there a way to buy?[/QUOTE]

      it’ll get launched in US through some carrier. So it may appear at ebay soon after. Quad Exynos at really cheap price.

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  • Meizu m8… hows this phone ?

    I have heard about this phone called Meizu M8. Any clue how this phone is ?
    They have an Indian website too

    [U][url]http://www.meizum8.in/[/url][/U][URL=”http://www.meizume.com/”][/URL]

    1. Amitabhishek01/07/2009

      Don’t buy…with that money you can buy a more reliable brand…

    2. Tamoghno01/07/2009

      Why on the earth would anyone pay for this .

      Get a used iPhone for that price . Or get one from us and unlock it . If you want looks buy sciphone . Good for 5k.

    3. Raksrules01/07/2009

      24k is actually too much. Its a chinese phone i think…not sure
      Also i was asking because i am currently in Shanghai and can get this for under 2000 RMB i.e. around 14k rupees

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  • Meizu m8 minione: a better iphone rip !!!

    Now this mobile device based on Windows CE 6.0 platform boasts some real impressive specs but its design is a complete and shameless ripoff of “you-know-what”..:D

    [img]http://img.cnmo.com/36_500x375/35673.jpg[/img]

    Priced at $362.50 😀 .. Available for…

    1. Tgpraveen26/11/2007

      ahhh i WANT ONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Azzu26/11/2007

      15 KK ooh??? 😮 ???
      WOW

    3. Pathik26/11/2007

      Damn Good if it really retails for 15k in india..

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  • Meizu discussion thread

    To discuss anything related to Meizu since i couldn’t find anything elsewhere here.

    Service centers here
    [url=http://www.snapdeal.com/offers/Service-Meizu]Snapdeal Promotions[/url]
    (thanks to [URL=”http://www.digit.in/forum/members/34930.html”]Zangetsu[/URL]

    Current issues:
    Google play games not installing (error 505)
    Did a logcat and…

    1. Zangetsu24/08/2015

      [B]Meizu MX5 up for pre-order in India on Snapdeal, to go on sale from 26 August[/B]

      [IMG]https://maktechblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Meizu-MX5.jpeg?4a65e2[/IMG]

      [url]https://maktechblog.com/meizu-mx5-up-for-pre-order-in-india-on-snapdeal-7968/[/url]

    2. Tkin24/08/2015

      No service centers in India 👿

    3. Zangetsu24/08/2015

      [QUOTE=tkin;2251366]No service centers in India :evil:[/QUOTE]

      Yup..not yet

      but here a Hot Review :wub:

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