Want a rather colorful smartphone that doesn’t skimp on features but won’t break your wallet like an iPhone 5c would? If so, and if you’re in China, then Meizu has got you covered. Its new M1 Note, though probably a misnomer, splashes vibrant colors all over the place. But make no mistake to judge this smartphone by its case. Despite its youthful and almost frivolous appearance, this smartphone packs quite a lot of power inside, giving justice to Meizu’s spiel of “Quality for (the) Young”.

Right from the get go you are met with interesting features. For example, the 5.5-inch screen not only boasts of a Full HD resolution, but also of Sharp’s IGZO technology and GFF lamination for reduced reflection. If you have no complaints about MediaTek, then you won’t be disappointed to see its 1.7 Ghz octa-core 64-bit CPU inside. RAM is at a spacious 2 GB while storage comes in 16 and 32 GB choices. There’s 4G + 2G Dual SIM Dual Standby support and comes in a rather curious tray that can hold both SIM cards, reducing the bulk of the device itself.

For the “fun” stuff, you have a 13 megapixel camera made by Samsung on the back and a selfie-friendly F/2.0 wide angle 5 megapixel camera on the front. The 3,140 mAh battery promises plenty of life to get you through the day, like 12 hours of 4G surfing or 60 hours of high-quality audio jamming. And, of course, there are the color choices, in very vibrant hues that is sure to remind people of candies and a certain fruit. Sadly, despite the “Note” name, there is no stylus hidden here.

Starting today, you can pre-order a Meizu M1 Note, with sales starting on December 30. The 16 GB model costs 999 RMB ($160) and the 32 GB version costs 1,199 RMB ($192). That’s definitely cheap, at least for US prices, though there is no word yet on any international launch. This Meizu smartphone does seem to deliver both pizazz and power in one. Just don’t complain if people mistake it for an iPhone.




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