On Wednesday, Meizu launched its much talked-about entry-level Blue Charm 2, also known as the Meizu M2, at its press event held at the Beijing Convention Center. The smartphone has been priced extremely attractively, and will compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 in the market. Compared to the first generation of the Blue Charm which was released in January this year, the Blue Charm 2 has undergone a significant change in its appearance although the overall style is consistent with the first generation device. The aspect ratio of the screen has also seen a change from 8:5 to a more conventional 16:9, which has resulted in the body becoming narrower than it was in the first-gen device.
Coming to the hardware specifications of the device, the Meizu Blue Charm 2 features a 5-inch 720p display, and is powered by MediaTek’s MT6735 SoC, which comes with an embedded quad-core 1.3GHz processor. The device also comes with 2 GB of memory and 16 GB of built-in storage space, which can be further expanded by up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD card. The smartphone comes with a 13MP primary camera on the rear of the device and a 5MP secondary camera on the front, while the battery is rated at 2,500 mAh.
Compared to the first generation Meizu M1 launched in January, the most significant hardware upgrade for the second generation device seems to be the memory upgrade from 1 GB to 2 GB charm blue generation, and a change in the processing chip that powers the device. While the M1 came with the MT6732 chip, the newer one comes with the MT6735 as already mentioned above. The newer, refreshed smartphone also adds support for new network bands which weren’t supported by the previous device. The overall performance however, seems to have taken a hit, at least if synthetic benchmarks are to be believed.
We will now take a look at some of benchmark results of the Blue Charm 2 from Meizu.