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Meizu m3 note goes official with aluminum unibody, fingerprint sensor

Meizu held an unveiling event today in Beijing andfinally made the eagerly-anticipated m3 note official. The Chinese manufacturer’s “m” lineup has a very distinct reputation for delivering quality budget-friendly offers, like the m1 note and its m2 note successor, both of which delivered outstanding value for money.

In a first for the “m” line, the new offer features an 6000 series aluminum unibody. On the hardware side of things, the phone comes with a 5.5-inch, FullHD display, rather typical for the family with a 2.5D front glass. The front comes in black and white colors combined with a dark gray and gold finish on the back, respectively.

Under the hood is a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, with octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.8Ghz, a Mali T860 GPU. Memory options include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage in the lower tier, as well as 3GB of RAM and a 32GB fast eMMC 5.1 solid state chip. The camera setup seems to be borrowed from previous models, at least on paper, and includes a 13MP rear shooter and a 5MP one on the front.

The Meizu me note offers Dual SIM support with a hybrid card tray solution (that is two SIM cards or a SIM plus microSD combo). The Meizu m3 note is also “full netcom”, which means it will work on every network in China. LTE is also a given and so is VoLTE. To top things off, the device has a spacious 4000 mAh battery and an mTouch 2.1 fingerprint reader in the home button – also a novelty for the “m” lineup.

But perhaps the most attractive aspect of the m3 note is its price point, starting at CNY 799 ($125) for the 2GB version and CNY 999 ($155) for the 3GB. This actually leaves in about $100 cheaper than the Meizu metal at current prices. The me note will be available in China from April 11.