Meizu M5 is a Yun OS Powered Smartphone that Costs Just $100
Meizu has now launched their latest budget smartphone in the form of the Blue Charm M5 in China. It’s the successor to the Meizu m3S that recently went on sale in India for a price of Rs 7,299. The Yun OS powered Meizu M5 smartphone joins the league of the Meizu m3E that currently retails in China at 1,299 Yuan.
Up front, the Meizu M5 packs a 5.2-inch FHD display with a 2.5 Curved Glass on top. The latest budget smartphone sports the characteristic Meizu design with a polycarbonate shell to the back, that curves gently towards the edges. Just like recent generation Meizu smartphones, the M5 doesn’t come with any antenna lines on the rear. The front, however, features an mTouch 2.1 fingerprint sensor that’s integrated with the rectangular home button. This sensor can be used for making mobile payments over expanding network of Alipay. Meizu claims that the latest improvements of their mTouch 2.1 software can help you unlock your smartphone in just 0.2 seconds.
Under the hood, the Meizu M5 rocks a 64 bit Mediatek 6750 octa-core chip with Mali T860 GPU. That said, the Meizu M5 comes in two variants. The cheaper of the two packs 2GB RAM/32GB internal storage while the other variant comes with 3GB RAM/64GB internal storage. In terms of the cameras, the Meizu M5 comes with 13MP f/2.2 rear camera with PDAF sensor thereby resulting in a company stated focusing time of just 0.2 seconds. The rear shooter also comes equipped with a dual tone dual LED flash. Apart from that, there’s a 5MP selfie snapper located upfront.
Powering the Meizu M5 is a 3070mAh which according to the company can last as long as 66 hours during continuous music playback. The dual SIM smartphone runs on Alibaba’s own Yun OS, thus the chance of this making to international markets is slim at the best. Meizu apparently has been selling quite a few Yun OS powered devices ever since its strategic partnership with Alibaba.
Just in case you aren’t aware, Aliyun OS or Yun OS, in short, is a mobile operating system by the e-commerce giant, Alibaba. While the Jack Ma led company claims that the OS is built on Linux, Google begs to differ. Google alleges that Yun OS is nothing but a forked up version of Android. In fact, this conflict between Alibaba and Google has forced many OEMs including Acer to stay clear of launching a Yun OS powered device. Nevertheless, that isn’t the case with Meizu though.
Meizu M5 Specifications
- 5.2 inch Full HD (1280x720p) HD Display with 2.5D Curved Glass
- 64 bit Mediatek 6750 Octa core Processor with Mali T860 GPU
- 2GB RAM/3GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB eMMC 5.0 Internal Storage + Upto 128GB External Storage
- 13MP f/2.2 Rear Camera with PDAF Sensor and Dual Tone Dual LED Flash
- 5MP f/2.0 Front Camera
- 3070mAh Battery (upto 66 hours of Music Playback)
- mTouch 2.1 Fingerprint Sensor
- Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD) with 4G LTE support
- Yun OS 5.1 with Flyme OS
Meizu M5 comes in a series of funky youth-centric colors including Mint Green, Ice White, Champagne Gold, Sapphire Blue and Matte Black. The base model of the Meizu M5 goes on pre-orders via the company’s official website in China starting today at 699 Yuan (Rs 6,891/$103 approx.), while the top end variant is priced at 899 Yuan (Rs 8,865 /$132 approx.). The smartphone will, however, start shipping only on November 11, when it will also go on sale via Lynx, Suning Tesco and other Chinese retailers.