Given Xiaomi’s success story in India, we weren’t surprised by rumours that one of its biggest competitors in China, MEIZU, was looking setting up shop in the country. The company has been teasing its imminent launch here on its social media channels of late, and yesterday, it organised its very first meet-up in India in Bangalore. The low-key event was more of an informal introduction, given that MEIZU is still in the process of readying operations in India. Unlike its Chinese counterparts like Xiaomi, OnePlus and Honor, MEIZU also operates through offline channels. Company representatives at the event also stated that they weren’t looking to partner exclusively with any online retailer, which should make MEIZU products more easily accessible online as well. There were three devices mentioned at the event – the MX4, MX4 Pro and the m1 note, but the focus for now seems to be only on the last. MEIZU had a few display units of the m1 note available for media, and we got a chance to go hands-on with the smartphone. Here’s an unboxing and our first impressions.
The m1 note comes packaged in a flat, square white box with branding in the front. Opening up the lid reveals three neat compartments inside. The smartphone is cradled in one, while the remaining two contain the two-pin wall charger and USB cable respectively.
The cable comes packaged in a paper sheath, which also includes an adorable ejector tool with Flyme branding and a little cloud-shaped cutout representing its logo. Under the smartphone you’ll find the warranty and other documentation. Underneath that is another cavity the perfect size for earphones, but in its place is a bit of paper politely stating ‘earphone not included‘.
At the front of the smartphone you’ll find the large 5.5-inch display. Above it is the usual arrangement of the earpiece, sensors and front camera, which features a 5MP resolution in this case. Below the screen is MEIZU’s signature circular home button. Coming to the port and button placement, the top is where you’ll see the power button, secondary microphone and 3.5mm audio jack.
The volume rocker is on the left spine, but we’re more used to seeing it on the right. On the left side is an ejectable tray which holds a double-SIM card tray that accepts a pair of micro-SIMs. The bottom edge containing the loudspeaker, primary microphone and micro-USB port is clearly inspired by Apple. The rear panel features the large 13MP primary camera and dual-LED flash on top, and MEIZU branding at the bottom.