Meizu has announced a new mid-range E3 smartphone, which comes with some of the high-end features found in the company’s flagship offerings. It is available in China for now, though international availability is anyone’s guess.
Design and Display
The display at the front is a 6” 2:1 IPS LCD, with 85% coverage of NTSC color gamut.
E3’s design is metal-based and largely simple and straightforward. It is available in Black, Gold & Blue, and comes with a side-mounted finger-print scanner.
Internals and Storage
Under the hood, you get the new Snapdragon 636 processor with eight Kryo cores, 6 GB RAM, and either 64 or 128 GB storage, expandable via a microSD card slot.
The OS running on it is Android Nougat with Flyme OS, with support for a few AI features and game mode.
Connectivity options include VoLTE, BL 5.0, Wi-Fi ac and USB-C.
On the back of the E3 is a dual-camera setup with 12 MP and 20 MP Sony lenses, both of which are protected by sapphire glass. The cameras are accompanied by a true-tone flash with 2.5X lossless zoom and 1.8X optical zoom.
The front camera comes with an 8 MP lens, which supports facial unlock and beautifying filters.
Battery and Price
Meizu E3 is powered by a modest 3360 mAh battery, supporting 20W fast-charging.
Pricing is set at $285 for the base model, or $315 for the 128 GB version. Overall the E3 appears to be a compelling offering from Meizu, compared with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro or Huawei Mate 10 Lite.
Meizu E3 Specifications
- CPU: 64-bit Octa-core Kryo 260
- GPU: Adreno 509
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Flyme OS 7.0
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- 5.99” 18:9 IPS LCD with FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution
- RAM: 6 GB
- Internal: 64/128 GB
- Card slot: yes, by 128 GB.
- Primary: 12 MP f/1.9 + 20 MP Sony f/2.6, 2.5X lossless zoom, 1.8X optical zoom, dual-tone flash
- Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.0
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Wi-Fi ac, VoLTE, GPS
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3360 mAh; 20W fast-charging
- Price: $285 (64 GB), $315 (128 GB)