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Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

  • 31.05.2017, 01:56,
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Technology
  • GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G: HSDPA 900 /1900/ 2100
  • 4G: LTE
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop (Flyme UI)

Design
  • Dimensions: 163.4 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 189 g
  • Display: 6.0-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 PPI), IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass

Hardware
  • Processor Type: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Processor Name: Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10
  • Graphics Processor: Mali-T860MP2
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

Camera
  • Rear: 13 MP, autofocus, dual LED flash
  • Video recording: 1080p@30fps
  • Front-facing: 5 MP

Multimedia
  • Music Support: AAC, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA,
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: Yes

Connectivity
  • Bluetooth: v4.1
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes
  • USB: microUSB v2.0

Miscellaneous
  • Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min (mCharge)
  • Battery: 4100 mAh
  • Launch Date: September, 2016
  • Availability: September, 2016
  • Launch Price: $255

 

Interestingly, some of these features are even better than the high-end phones from Apple and Samsung. In particular the 4100mAh battery and the Fast Charge capability put this phone right at the top in terms of power and speed to recharge.

 

The Meizu M3 Max has all the elements of a powerful phone. The fast processor and the good battery life are the main USP of this smartphone. The camera quality and features are also quite brilliant. If you are looking for a feature-packed extra-large smartphone, this is an option worth considering.


Meizu M3 Max: DESIGN
  • Slim body with a familiar design
  • Responsive fingerprint scanner built into the home key
  • The 6-inch screen occupies most of the front

If you're familiar with any of the other smartphones in Meizu’s lineup, the look and feel of the M3 Max will be fairly familiar. While it wouldn't be considered a 'premium' phone, the build quality is very solid without feeling overly heavy or bulky. 

Weighing in at 189g, and measuring just 7.94mm thick, the M3 Max manages to combine a slim feel with well-balanced heft.

There aren't any unusual design choices to note – a volume bar sits a third of the way down the right-hand side, with a power button located just below; both respond to presses with a satisfying click, and don't wobble or move around like those on some other budget handsets.

The opposite spine is home to the tray that holds your nanoSIM card and a microSD card, and which can double as a dual-SIM card tray if you prefer. 

The bottom edge is home to micro USB and 3.5mm headphone sockets, and the single speaker, in a layout that's almost indistinguishable from that of the iPhone 6.

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

The silver chamfered edges on the rear of the phone are somewhat reminiscent of the HTC 10, though the dual-tone LED flash is located below the camera, which – unlike on the HTC – is flush to the body.

There's another little nod to Apple's design in the shape of a tagline inscribed on the rear of the phone, saying 'Designed by Meizu, LTE Mobile Phone Assembled in China'. It's not quite as glamorous as Apple's 'Designed in California' slogan, but the two brands share a similar production pedigree – Meizu's phones are assembled in Zhuahai, a small city just across the estuary from Shenzhen, where the iPhone is made.

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

On the front of the phone, a multi-function home button below the screen doubles up as a fingerprint scanner, replicating recent Samsung and HTC handsets. 

Everything else on the front is unsurprising – the bezels either side of the screen are fairly slim, but not as small as those on the 5.5-inch Nubia Z11, although we're happy to see that very little real estate has been wasted above and below the screen.

The screen itself is a 6-inch, 1080p panel, which might not be the highest resolution available, but has a density well above the 'retina' standard, meaning you’ll never see pixels with the naked eye. 

Screen brightness is exceptional and viewing angles are good, but, as on cheaper IPS screens, black levels are relatively poor.


Meizu M3 Max: PERFORMANCE

Meizu M3 Max is powered by the wide-spread, but rather mediocre MediaTek Helio P10. It packs an octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz and 4x A53 at 1.0GHz. The GPU is quite uninspiring - the Mali-T860 MP2 (read dual-core), but on a positive note there is 3GB of RAM for heavy multi-tasking.

The benchmark tests show the M3 Max outs average scores across the board and will provide an OK for a mid-ranger experience, though we've seen better.

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

 


Meizu M3 Max: CAMERA

We’ve reviewed a few Meizu phones over the past year, and so far the company has failed to capture our imagination when it comes to the camera. The M3 Max doesn’t change that.

The camera app itself is well laid-out; it offers quick and easy access to features like HDR and gridlines, as well as modes like manual, beauty, macro, and more. That doesn’t mean that the photos you take will be great. That’s not to say that they’re terrible, just that if you’re looking for a device to really get your photography juices flowing, this isn’t it. The 13MP rear-facing camera — which offers an f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and a dual-LED flash — is fine for those that simply want to take a snap every now and then, but not much more.

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

As you can see in our shots, HDR mode does help a little in certain situations, like in low-light. In others, it ends up looking fake and overexposed, so you won’t want to keep HDR mode on permanently. As is also the case with other Meizu phones we’ve tested, zooming in will almost immediately increase noise in your pictures, so don’t expect to be doing much long-range photography.

The front-facing camera is, again, fine for what it offers, but nothing special. The 5MP sensor will do the job for the occasional selfie.


Meizu M3 Max: BATTERY

With a 4,100mAh battery and such a low power chipset, you’d imagine the battery on the M3 Max would last well over a day and possibly encroaching on 2 full days. During the review period, however, this does not seem to be the case, and although I never found the phone even getting close to dying after a full day, I wasn’t blown away by the numbers either. On its best day at around 14 hours off the charger and just over 4 hours of screen on time, the battery hovered around the 20% mark at the end of the day. This is good but not amazing, again especially considering the size of the battery, much less taking the low power SoC into account.

With a 4,100mAh battery and such a low power chipset, you’d imagine the battery on the M3 Max would last well over a day and possibly encroaching on 2 full days. During the review period, however, this does not seem to be the case, and although I never found the phone even getting close to dying after a full day, I wasn’t blown away by the numbers either. On its best day at around 14 hours off the charger and just over 4 hours of screen on time, the battery hovered around the 20% mark at the end of the day. This is good but not amazing, again especially considering the size of the battery, much less taking the low power SoC into account.

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

Phone Reviews : Meizu M3 Max

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