Meizu is another brand that is really under rated and not much people know about. They have been here in the Philippines for roughly around a year or two and has lots of devices for sale in Lazada and other physical stores. If you do plan to buy a new entry-mid ranged type of phone at a very affordable price, well I think the Meizu M8 Lite might be the best buy for you. Having 3GBs of RAM and 32GBs of internal storage, this phone is really a bang for the buck.
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Interested? Well let’s take a look at the specs sheet of the M8 Lite first:
- Display: 5.7 inch IPS LCD display (1440 x 720 resolution with PPI of 282)
- 2.5D Curved Glass Display
- RAM and ROM:
- 3GBs of RAM and 32GBs of ROM
- Processor : Mediatek MT6739 Quadcore (28nm)
- 4 Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.3ghz
- Battery: Non-removable 3200 Mah
- Operating System: FlyMe (Android 8.1 Oreo)
- Sim Card Slot: Hybrid Dual Sim (Nano Sim)
- MicroSD: Up to 128gb (2nd Sim Slot)
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), proximity, compass and accelerometer
- 3.5mm jack
- Rear: Main 13 MP Single Sensor (f/2.2 enlarged aperture)
- Front: 5 MP (f/1.9 aperture)
- Price: P4,620 available only at Lazada from its original price of P6,990.00.
- Buy it on Lazada
Looking at the internals of the phone and considering the price it’s at, it’s definitely a must buy if you’re on a budget or if you are looking to buy your kids a phone. Now let’s talk about the specs a little deeper to see what the phone can offer.
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So let’s first talk about the display of the phone. The phone is at 5.7 inch at an 18:9 aspect ratio and 282 pixels per inch (ppi). This design type was really famous at the start of 2018 and is still acceptable till now in terms of smartphone design. It maximizes the screen that you can use on the phone considering the aspect ratio and having a ppi of 282 at a screen size of 5.7 makes the color of the screen very good to look at. There are no backlight bleeding visible looking at the sides of the screen and viewing angles are pretty good to say the least. So that’s a plus for us.
If you plan to use the phone outside though, your eyes might have a little bit of trouble looking at the screen in direct sunlight since even putting the brightness at 100% sometimes is not enough. But if you are indoors or under a shade, everything should be visible at around 80% to 90% brightness.
At the price the phone is at, we’d say the camera isn’t all that bad. The main camera sports a 13MP shooter at an aperture of f/2.2. It takes very good pictures outside and in good lighting condition. Indoors especially in low light, noises are visible in the photos but they are still good enough to satisfy most users.
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The front camera is a 5 MP shooter and is a weak point of the phone. Pictures taken by the selfie camera is decent although for our taste, it feels under saturated and colors are not vibrant enough. It has a bluish-green hue to it but again, were talking about a phone sub 5k so we can’t really complain much.
The phone is made of polycarbonate plastic with a matte finishing at the back of the phone giving the phone a premium look. Although it’s plastic, it’s not really slippery and I like the grip on the device.
You still have the fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. Buttons on the right side would be the power and volume rockers.
The phone is equipped with a 3200Mah battery which should be enough to last most users for a complete day. Since it only has an HD screen, battery consumption shouldn’t be that high and FlyMe seems to be optimized good enough to make the phone maximize its battery capacity.
One downside though is that the M8 Lite is not equipped with fast charging, so it takes approximately around two hours to two and a half to fully charge the phone.
The phone has a Mediatek MT6739 processor. This is an entry level processor which was released around the end of 2017. It has 3GBs of ram so multitasking should be okay but if you plan to run heavy applications at the same time, it’s going to be the processor that would be having the trouble of keeping them in the background.
The MT6739 is only a quad core processor so handling heavy apps or games would take a toll both on the performance and battery of the phone. Playing MOBAs like Arena of Valor is smooth enough although it should be set to lowest graphics to avoid any stuttering in the frame rate of the game and avoid overheating the phone. If you plan FPS games like PUBG, expect some hiccups here and there even if it’s already at the lowest setting (30fps).
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Meizu M8 Lite Reviews
If you go over to Lazada and check the reviews of those who bought the phone, it seems like most of them are really happy with it. Rated at 4.5 stars with 37 ratings, it seems like the phone is definitely a good buy. Most of them are happy with the performance they get and they even said that battery optimization on the phone is really great for them. Take a look at some of their reviews below.
Feedback from Oliver 2
One Lazada happy and satisfied customer, Oliver 2, said that the phone is in its best condition when it arrived. The person who delivered the device even waited for me to open the item to ensure that everything is in place.
Feedback from Cristina F
Another Lazada customer, who was very much satisfied said that the phone is so thin that it looked so elegant. She even mentioned that the phone is perfect for playing Mobile Legends because it’s perfect for its scale.
As with what we mentioned, most of the cons on the phone comes from the processor they have given it.
For those looking to buy a backup phone or if you are in a tight budget, this is for you. It gives you everything that you need in a smartphone and runs well. But if you have an extra P2,000 or P3,000, I suggest to consider getting the RealMe 3, Redmi Note 7 or Infinix Hot S4.
Are you looking for a smartphone that is fit for everyone’s budget? Are you looking for a high-quality and affordable smartphone? Try the Meizu M8 Lite and see for yourself!