Chinese smartphone maker Meizu recently launched a new budget handset in the Indian market – the M3 Note. The smartphone is priced at Rs 9,999 and comes with a well-rounded spec sheet, including a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 3GB RAM as well as 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras.

But good specifications don’t translate to a good smartphone experience automatically, so we spent some days with the Meizu M3 Note to find out more. Here are our observations

Design and display

Meizu M3 Note sports a design that looks quite inspired from the iPhone 6. Crafted out of aluminium, it is the first smartphone in Meizu’s M-series to sport an all metal body.

The front is dominated by a 5.5-inch Full HD display of 1080×1920 pixels resolution adorned by a 2.5D curved glass design. It also has a physical home button that doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. However, the sensor failed to unlock the phone several times during our testing. Other components on the front panel include the 5MP selfie camera, earpiece and the usual collection of sensors.

The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right edge of the phone and the sim tray is on the left. The top edge houses 3.5mm audio jack while the microUSB port and speakers are at the bottom edge.

Talking about the display of the phone, we found it to be very responsive. The display is capable of producing bright and vibrant colours; however, we were not very happy with the viewing angles. The screen is also pretty reflective and thus hard to see under direct sunlight.

Performance and camera

Meizu M3 Note is powered by a 1.8GHz MediaTek Helio P10 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of internal storage and it can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The smartphone packs a 4,100mAh battery and includes 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC as its connectivity options.We had to go to the Google Play Store and download YouTube, Gmail and other essentials. Even Gmail didn’t run properly till we used it via the ‘Email’ app on the phone.

Meizu M3 Note also includes handy gesture controls. For example, you can double tap the screen to unlock the phone and swipe horizontally to switch tracks. The gestures worked fine during our testing.

Call quality on the Meizu M3 Note was good and we didn’t face any problems, even in areas with low signal reception.

On the battery front, the phone’s non-removable 4,100mAh battery lasted up to a day and a half of moderate usage. For heavy users, it’ll likely last through a whole day.

Gaming also proved to be one of the sore points of the Meizu M3 Note, primarily because of the heating issues that we encountered after a few minutes of continuous gameplay.

As far as the cameras go, the 13MP rear shooter is surely not the crown jewel of the Meizu M3 Note. While we were happy with the overall image quality, colour reproduction wasn’t really that good. Interestingly, the 5MP selfie camera fared better during our testing.