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Specs Comparison: Meizu M1 Note vs ASUS Zenfone 2




Novo7 Tech announced yesterday that its Meizu M1 Note is going on sale today, March 10, 2015, at Novo7 Tech stores around the Metro. At the same time, the ASUS Zenfone 2 has also been launched in Taiwan and is available in different models. We picked the variant that’s close to the M1 Note in terms of specs to determine which of these offer the better bang for your buck. Scroll past the break for the comparison.

meizum1note-vs-asuszenfone2

Meizu M1 NoteASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML, 2GB model)
5.5-inch Sharp IGZO Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution5.5 inch Full HD IPS display @ 1920 × 1080 resolution
401ppi401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor64-bit 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 quad-core CPU
Mali T760 MP2 GPUPowerVR G6430 GPU
2GB RAM2GB LPDDR3 RAM
16GB / 32GB internal storage16GB / 32GB internal storage, up to 64GB via microSD
13 megapixel Samsung camera w/ dual-tone LED flash, F/2.2 aperture + 1/3.06-inch CMOS sensor, 300-degrees panoramic lens13 megapixel Pixel Master camera w/ dual-tone LED flash
5 megapixel OVS670 front camera, F/2.0 aperture5-megapixel front camera
FDD-LTE / WCDMA / GSM4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/nWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
N/ANFC (market dependent)
Bluetooth 4.0, BLEBluetooth 4.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASSGPS, GLONASS
Dual-SIM, Dual-StandbyDual-SIM, Dual-Standby
3,140mAh battery3,000mAh battery
Android 4.4 Kitkat with Flyme 4 OSAndroid 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI
Php7,990 (white), Php8,699 (other colors)NT$6,990 (approx. Php9,800)

Below are some of the notable advantages of both phones over each other.

Meizu M1 Note 

  • CMOS sensor for rear camera
  • Slightly larger battery capacity
  • Cheaper against Taiwan’s price

ASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML)

  • Intel Atom processor
  • Expandable storage
  • NFC (market-dependent)
  • Latest Android OS

If you want to check out the different variants and updates on the Zenfone 2 we have them all on this link.

Which of the two has your approval? Do keep in mind that the pricing for the Zenfone is still in Taiwan’s local currency and it’s still unclear how much they’re planning to sell it over here in the Philippines. Rest assured that we’ll be keeping tabs.



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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34 Responses

  1. Romy Uy says:

    Zenfone 2… more reliable brand, better after sales service….

    • yowza says:

      Agree with this. I’m very skeptical of buying these cheap phones that do not offer good after sales service. On paper they look good but what happens if you bought a lemon? I wouldn’t want to wait months and months just to have my phone repaired or replaced.

    • ithink says:

      with Novo7tech as its distributor in the Phil, parang wala pa naman akong negative feedbacks na nababasa about them and the products they sell. or baka hindi lang talaga ko naghahanap.

      let’s see what the real Asus Zenfone 2 will be pagdating sa PH lalo na sa official price.

  2. peeyaj says:

    From the benchmarks I found online, I found the ff:

    Geekbench

    Intel Z3560: Single core: 713.8 Multi-core: 2124

    MediaTek MT6752: Single core: 808 Multi-core: 3734

    So, there is no distinct advantage of Intel Atom (Zenfone 5) to the ARM A53 (M1 note) cores.

    • Canvasguy says:

      ^hear here!

    • octaVSquad says:

      distinct advantage of z3560 Quadcore vs MT6752 Octa Core??? dual core is actually enough to power them down, but if you are so particular with the game, powervr or Zenfone 2 is more powerful than Mali T760 of M1 Note

  3. ASUSguy says:

    M1 note has dual tone flash..

  4. josun says:

    Pwede ba ibook yung author? Ang pogi eh.. :)

  5. juan says:

    dba pang intsik lng OS ng Meizu?

  6. maldito says:

    what’s the price for the Meizu M1 Note with 32gb storage?

  7. me says:

    The MT6752 should have an advantage over the Z3560 because it’s ARM based. The MT6752 SoC will have less App crashes than the X86/X64 since most apps in the Playstore are ARM based compatible (MTK, Qualcomm, Samsung SoC)

    • Kazeo-san says:

      Correct! and considering that x86 is using an emulator to emulate apps, there is certainly an overhead on Intel processors. Battery and performance may take a hit on it and Considering that you’ll be buying the 1080p 5.5 inch version of Zenphone 2 with 3000mAh. I guess I’d rather go for Meizu with the Mediatek CPU though GPU performance is on the side of Zenphone 2.

      Meizu has a bigger battery mAh and a much more efficient SoC and much superior IGZO screen with PSR tech that’s certainly is a plus if you want your phone to last till midnight. Though the OS and the non-expandable memory storage is a bummer.

    • lollipo says:

      Lollipop Android version fully supports x64 and x86 without the use of emulator. in Kitkat below, its true that they still need to transmute x86/x64 scripts to scripts arm scripts thats why zenfone 5 eats a lot of battery. but in lollipop it is now fully supported. no emulation happening. dare to say this.

    • Kazeo-san says:

      I was referring to the ARM translation layer that’s translating ARM script for x86-powered Android devices which in other words is an emulator. Though almost all android apps are written in java which Intel chip can handle without any emulation, apps that has NDK binaries for ARM would require the emulation, Most likely games and other apps. Current offerings from Intel are efficient and consumes less power compared to it’s predecessor however ARM is designed to run as efficient as possible at a give power compared to x86 that’s mainly designed to give the best performance at any power.

    • rs says:

      the whole ’emulation’ thing sounds BS to me. may reference ba kayo tungkol jan, if yes, pahingi naman. ^_^

      afaik, walang emulation na nagaganap since most Android apps are written in pure Java (which means fully cross platform). then there’s those apps with parts of the code written in C/C++. if you’re observant enough, you’ll notice within the Apk file na may ‘lib’ folder, dun mo makikita yung non-Java codes enclosed to a subfolder named the architecture it is intended for. normally if you have an ARM device, playstore will give you the ARM version unless the App developer chose to make the App unified across platforms, makikita mo rin yung subfolder for other architectures such as MIPS, x86, x64, armv8 etc. I am no App dev, Kernel at ROM dev lang ako but this is hoe I understand things. feel free to argue with me kung sa tingin nyo mali ako. and btw, don’t get this ‘Emulation’ wrong with the Android x86 Emulator for PC.

  8. geybee says:

    meizu is available only in the metro, kung expandable lang sana to mahahanapan pa ng paraan na mkakabili kahit nasa malayo. mas cguradu din ota update ng zenfone for months to come. ung 16g ng meizu sa games and videos q ubos na lahat yon, panu pa torrent downloads and musics, kung in demand to sa kanila hindi na aabot dito sa pinas, hndi bumenta doon kasi non expandable..

    • Pedro says:

      Exactly! Kaya nga may USB OTG Feature para sa pinuputok ng buche nyong mga Stupido!

    • x006 says:

      @Pedro
      Saang baryo ka ba galing at ganyan ka mag isip?
      Mas portable naman at less batt consumption pag sd card.
      Hindi naman practical na laging naka salpak yang OTG diba?
      Tsk…tsk…mukhang hindi mo alam na ikaw ang stupido

  9. juan says:

    i will go for asus, im an asus fan

  10. Padre Damaso says:

    ASUS..reliable nga yung brand..pero yung Service Center naman sa Ali Mall palpak. :D they need to set up their own Service center since their phones are selling.

  11. joseph says:

    is Meizu M1 Note a true octacore? does it have a core pilot?

  12. ron says:

    Got my m1 note last march 10. All i can say is its bang for the buck! Ang tagal maubos ng battery continous gaming from 7am to 2pm and meron pa ako 20% battery. Even with games requiring performance from the cpu and gpu. Hindi rin umiinit ang phone. Pati yun igzo ng sharp ang linaw. Same ram with asus na ddr3. Matipid sa battery consumption. Internet connection is very fast as well. All praise talaga ako sa m1 note! :)

  13. dexter says:

    Meizu M1 note user here.. hands down sa price to specs ratio..ganda ng igzo display better than ips..un nga lang no headset included..sa ganitong price pwede aq mag upgrade ng phone evrry 6 months..lol

  14. x says:

    I will go for the M1Note..trust me d ka mghihinayang..Maganda built at design ng meizu fons, lalo na display walang backlight bleeding unlike other fons na na try ko b4..Im an Mx4 User..enjoying it everyday, display is great, camera super ganda..and the Support importante meron update lagi Meizu every week for beta version and Monthly for stable version..

  15. JJ says:

    May fast charging din ba SoC nitong M1 Note? Kasi nung chinarge ko siya for 45 mins., from 40% naging 94.

  16. rosdy says:

    alin po maganda pagdating sa camera? m1 note or zenfone 2? thinking which to buy

  17. paul says:

    sabe ng iba 720p ang resolution ng 2gb ram/16gb rom version

  18. curiosity says:

    I’m almost decided that I will be getting this phone already. My budget is 6-8k only. Im choosing between Zenfone 5 and CM cosmos force. But when I found out about this phone, and checked its specs, i’m almost sure that I will be getting this one. My only concern is its keyboard. Is it hard to use ba? And installing a 3rd part keyboard doesnt work that well din daw. Pls let me know your thoughts m1 users. Thank you.

    • JJ says:

      The stock keyboard is very decent. 3rd party keyboards work. As what others have said, the one people refer to was NOT the international version of the device.

  19. Siegfriedsoul says:

    Its Meizu M1 Note! What I didnt like about zenfone is the design and thick bezel!

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