Meizu certainly isn’t the most well-known smartphone manufacturer here in the UK, with many shoppers preferring the big names of Apple, Samsung and Sony before even considering lesser known brands.
However, UK shoppers might need to give the Chinese manufacturer a bit more consideration, after it announced a new metallic M1 device which boasts a very interesting spec sheet.
It’s not all that often you see a phone made entirely out of metal cost so little, but pricing up at just $250 (£165) this is exactly what happens with the Meizu M1 Metal.
As you might guess from its name, the entire back chassis is built with metal, with only the front of the phone not being clad in the material – as unfortunately you can’t see through it like you can with glass.
In fact, as a whole the design is one of the best we’ve seen from any similarly priced handsets of recent times, making it quite a head turner wherever you happen to come across it.
The same issues which cause problems for other metal phones rear their head here as well though, with the battery being non-removable, and a lack of water protection also evident. However, this is nothing new on the metal phone market, so we’ll happily put up with it.
Meizu isn’t trying to take on the flagship market with the phone, that’s one thing we can be sure of. However, the specs definitely make for a strong performance, even if it’s not quite at the level of the latest Apple or Samsung handsets.
You wouldn’t guess that by looking at the phone’s display, with a massive 5.5” effort boasting a full HD 1080p resolution that’s more than capable of displaying movies and games without issue. Behind this we also get a very friendly MediaTek chipset and octa-core processor, both of which offer more than enough processing power to keep you moving.
Up to 32GB of internal storage makes the cut on the handset, but the second sim card slot in the phone also acts as a MicroSD slot for added storage should you need it. RAM measures up at 2GB to keep the phone going when you’re dealing with multiple tasks as well.
The camera set-up is one which is well worthy of its place on the handset, with a 13 megapixel rear lens supported by a front facing effort totalling 5 megapixels as well. This duo more than does the job with your standard point and click pictures, and even records in full HD through each lens as well.
Topping things off is a 3140mAh battery which gives the Meizu phone more than a day’s worth of battery, even with extended use. Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is included as standard, with a custom UI thrown on top by Meizu.
Written by Luke Hatfield