Hands-on review: Meizu M2 Note

Meizu is a company that has found a lot of success in its native China – the previous M1 Note has sold over 500 million units since its launch – and it now has its sights firmly on making it big in the West, and it’s pinning its hopes on the newly launched Meizu M2 note. Hoping to break out of China and gain recognition in the rest of the world like compatriots Huawei, ZTE and OnePlus is an understandable aim, and Meizu is relying on a potent mix of impressive specs and a low price to catch the eye of Western consumers. Could the Meizu M2 Note be the handset to change the company’s fortunes outside of its homeland? It’s not quite as exciting as its flagship MX4 and MX4 Pro, but it offers some very compelling features and specs for the price – and also some pretty interesting innovations as well. At the launch event it was announced that the M2 Note will be priced at an incredibly reasonable 799RMB (around $129, £85, AU$168) for the 16GB version, with the 32GB version costing …
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Hands-on review: Meizu M2 Note

Meizu is a company that has found a lot of success in its native China – the previous M1 Note has sold over 500 million units since its launch – and it now has its sights firmly on making it big in the West, and it’s pinning its hopes on the newly launched Meizu M2 note. Hoping to break out of China and gain recognition in the rest of the world like compatriots Huawei, ZTE and OnePlus is an understandable aim, and Meizu is relying on a potent mix of impressive specs and a low price to catch the eye of Western consumers. Could the Meizu M2 Note be the handset to change the company’s fortunes outside of its homeland? It’s not quite as exciting as its flagship MX4 and MX4 Pro, but it offers some very compelling features and specs for the price – and also some pretty interesting innovations as well. At the launch event it was announced that the M2 Note will be priced at an incredibly reasonable 799RMB (around $129, £85, AU$168) for the 16GB version, with the 32GB version costing …
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Review: In Depth: Oppo R5

Introduction Despite the best efforts of Samsung and Apple, the world’s thinnest smartphone title briefly went to a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer. Oppo’s R5 handset is a mere 4.85mm thick, that’s almost thin enough to carve your holiday turkey. I can already hear many of you ask “but who is Oppo?” Chinese mobile manufacturers are booming. The phrase “made in china” might have become synonymous with “mass produced”, “cheap”, and “low quality”, but we’ve already seen with the OnePlus One that these relatively unknown OEMs (in the West at least) mean to take the world by storm. Similar to its Chinese rivals, the Oppo R5 shames the established flagships with its low price tag, found online at around £290, $460, AU$600. You’ll be forgiven for thinking that with briefly having the “world’s thinnest smartphone” title and a super low price tag under its belt that Oppo has had to make some sacrifices in terms of performance, but this isn’t the case. Behind the Full HD 5.2-inch screen sits …
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