Chinese manufacturer Meizu revealed the latest entry into its M-Series of smartphones, the M5 Note. Not to be confused with BMW's line of cars, this smartphone family usually sits in the lower end of the "mid-range" category. The M5 Note is no exception, packing decent specifications into an affordable price point.

The all metal unibody houses a 5.5" 1080p LCD screen, an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 CPU with the Mali-T860 GPU, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB of storage, a fingerprint sensor, a massive 4,000mAh battery, and 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras. It will be running the Marshmallow-based Flyme OS 6 that was announced with the PRO 6 Plus.

The M5 Note comes in four colors: gray, silver, champagne gold, and blue. Pricing starts at 899 CNY ($131 USD) for the 3GB/16GB model, 999 CNY ($145) for the 3GB/32GB version, and 1,499 CNY ($218 USD) for the 4GB/64GB edition. Pre-orders should be going live soon and sales begin on Thursday, December 8. Availability spans most of Europe and Asia, with New Zealand thrown in for good measure.

Press Release

Meizu Welcomes New M5 Note to the M-Series Smartphone Family

DECEMBER 6TH, 2016. Leading smartphone company Meizu officially releases the all-new Meizu M5 Note, which features a full metal unibody design and a 5.5-inch Full HD display.

As the latest member of Meizu’s celebrated M-series, the M5 Note is designed for consumers who seek affordable smartphones with excellent industrial design and easy user experience.

Meizu M5 Note – More Performance, More Beauty

- Beautiful hardware
The new M5 Note has the classic full metal unibody that has gone through 12 steps of 3D sandblasting for smoother touch, and comes in four colors: champagne gold, silver, grey, and blue. The speaker hole located at the bottom of the phone is carved in a rectangle shape and made by CNC equipment for more natural and even sounds.

- A delightful viewing experience
The 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D glass features the latest smart eye-protective mode to ensure a more comfortable viewing experience. The display produces vivid colors and lively visuals.

- Powerful new generation processor
The powerful new generation 8-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor has a peak frequency of 1.8GHz. The M5 Note is equipped with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and users can choose between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of internal storage to satisfy every kind of user.

- High battery capacity and fast charging
Although the M5 Note is only 8.1mm thick, it is powered by a 4000mAh battery that can support 32 hours of talk time, eight hours of browsing on 4G or five hours of playing heavy games. Meizu specifically chose the safest battery cells from international suppliers to guarantee strong and stable performance. Backed by 18W of power, it takes just 90 minutes to charge the Meizu M5 Note.

- Capture all your precious moments
To better document the moments in life, the M5 Note has a 13 megapixel rear camera with 0.2s high-speed focusing. The 5 megapixel front camera comes with a real-time beautifying function that allows users to improve their selfies.

- Easy and fast fingerprint recognition
The M5 Note also brings a fingerprint recognition experience that makes mobile payment easy and fast. It has a recognition angle of 360° and a response speed of 0.2 seconds.

Aber Bai, President of Meizu, remarked that out of the M-series, which is defined as “Quality for Young,” Meizu Note products sold more than 20 million during the period of two years in which they have been launched. The previous generation Note device achieved seven million in sales.

“The M-series and the Note product lines have not only been recognized by the market, but are also seen as a leader in bringing high quality smartphones that are budget-friendly,” said Bai. “This newly launched M-series M5 Note device is the first one in the series to be equipped with the NMT antenna that’s mostly used in high-end flagship models. We believe this model will offer more value options for our users.”

“The Meizu M5 Note supports Band 20, which is an important development for Meizu in terms of becoming more successful in European markets,” said Ard Boudeling, Global Brand Manager of Meizu.

About Meizu
Founded in 2003, Meizu has become one of the most influential smartphone makers in the world. Meizu has developed a series of smartphones utilizing the Android-based Flyme operation system. The company now carries four smartphone lines: the PRO, MX, M and U-series. As of now, Meizu has released almost 30 smartphone models. According to the statistics from IC Insights, Meizu is the world's 11th largest mobile phone manufacturer in terms of unit sales.

Meizu phones are characterized by their light, comfortable design, premium sound quality, high-definition camera, and simple, elegant user interface, combining performance, ease of use and functionality with the durability needed to survive the human experience.

Availability
Meizu is currently officially available in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Mainland China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and United Kingdom.