Like many of you, I hadn’t heard much about Meizu before this phone was brought to my attention by a colleague. I was told that this Chinese phone brand was launching its M5 model officially in India for the first time and was going to be a Tata CLiQ exclusive.

After a quick Google search, it turns out Meizu is quite a big name in China. They have been around for a while, starting off with Mp3 players and then moving on to manufacturing smartphones since 2008.

Going with the success rate of all the current Chinese mobile brands in the Indian market, I was very inquisitive to know what the Meizu M5 had to offer. Pairing that curiosity with my natural liking for technology, I agreed to my colleague’s suggestion to review this phone, on camera. Here’s what I found out about this mid-range newcomer.

Unboxing it

The Meizu M5 has a pretty sturdy packaging. The box includes the charger, a micro USB cable, a SIM ejector pin, a couple of manuals and of course the device itself.

The feel of the phone

After pulling out the protective sticker from the back and front of the phone I booted up the device. In the meantime, I got a good feel of what the Meizu M5 felt like.

The rear side of the phone has a nice smooth finish to it. I was told that it comes in two colour variants, Champagne Gold and Sapphire Blue.

This phone has a 5.2-inch HD display which makes it a decent-sized phone that isn’t too big and can be used with one hand.

There are the power button and the volume buttons on the left side of the phone. On the other side, there’s a SIM tray and a memory card tray. The speaker is on the bottom, along with the micro USB port and the headphone jack.

It has a single all-in-one home button on the front. You can use it to go directly to the home screen with a click on it. You can use it as a back button with a gentle touch. It also functions as a fingerprint scanner. I particularly like the fingerprint scanner as it is the fastest and the most secure way to lock and unlock the phone.

Checking the specs

The Meizu M5 runs on Android 6.0 and Meizu’s own Flyme operating system 5.2. It has its own app store but you can install Google Play Services if you miss the usual feel of Google Play or can’t find all the apps you want.

The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 Octa-Core processor paired with Mali-T860MP2 GPU. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 128GB. This seems quite adequate for everyday usage.

The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE and VoLTE.

There is a 3,070mAh battery to juice up the smartphone which is claimed to deliver 66 hours of music playback. It was powered up sufficiently throughout the whole day I was using it.

Co-testing the camera

I’m sure the camera is an important aspect for most of you so I called a friend to help me review it. After smiling for a selfie and a couple of outdoor pictures, the 5MP front camera and 13MP rear camera seem to have satisfying results, so says my camera enthusiast friend, Geet. You can catch our pictures in the video review of this phone.

Overall, I think the Meizu M5 is a good phone if you’re looking for a mid-range device. You can check it out on TataCLiQ.com.

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