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TCL M2U review: An Excellent 64-Bit Octa-Core Christmas Gift!

Since the Christmas is almost here, what could be a better gift for your loved ones than a 64-bit smartphone. Fortunately, MediaTek released the 64-bit Octa-Core MT6752 chipset, and many Chinese phone makers now use it because of its affordability and performance. We have tested TCL M2U phone and enjoyed in the time with it – here’s a detailed review:

Specifications

Device type: Smartphone
Design Classic
Released 2015
SIM card size: Micro Sim
GSM 1900 1800 900 850
HSDPA: HSPA+ 2100 1900
LTE 2100 1800
Dimensions (H/L/W): 152.3 x 76.4 x 8.0 mm, vol. 91 cm³
Display LCD IPS Color (16M) 720x1280px (5.5″)
Touch screen: Supported
Weight: 150 g
Time GSM (talk/standby): 6 / 220 hrs. (9.2d)
Battery Li-Ion 3500 mAh
Built-in memory: 16 GB
Memory card: MicroSD max. 32 GB
RAM Memory: 2 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
CPU type: MediaTek MT6752M
CPU freq: 1500.0 MHz (8-core)

 

Packaging

The standard packaging includes the phone, screen protector, 1x USB 3.0 cable, 1x Power adapter and 1x manual written in Chinese and English language. It’s nothing spectacular, and fits the standard size when you are receiving it by mail; you won’t get any additional postal charges (Depends on the country).

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DESIGN

The TCL M2U Body is 1502.30mm high, 76.40 mm wide, and has a depth of 7.95 mm, 11% thinner than an average smartphone released this year. In fact, we can say that this phone is thin enough to have a case and still be thinner than an average phone.

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With a weight of 150 grams, its mass is about ordinary for a smartphone of its capacity. The phone is a little heavier because of its massive battery and the size of it. So we can say for sure that this phone is thinner than most phones, but it is heavier than the average phone. The TCL M2U smartphone is entirely covered with plastic that have a metallic texture while the rear side is painted in the golden color.

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Phone Width                                                                          Weight

TCL M2U                                        7.95mm TCL M2U                                        150 grams
All 2015 Android Phones average 8.90mm All 2015 Android Phones average 145 grams
All Smartphones average 9.50 mm All Smartphones  average 140 grams

 

DISPLAY

The TCL M2U has a 5.5-inch display, which is a little bigger than an average phone released this year. This phone also qualifies as a phablet, because its screen is over 5.3-inches. When we compare it to the other phones with smaller screens, this phone will be difficult to use for many users with one hand because of its size.

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The screen has a resolution of 1,280 pixels by 720 pixels, making it a 720p HD screen. Display sharpness can be estimated in the quantity of pixels per square inch, and at 267 PPI, it’s below average for the phone released in 2015.

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CPU & RAM

The M2U smartphone have an Octa-Core MediaTek MT6752M system on a chip. Its CPU runs at 1.5 GHz, which is a bit higher than average for a phone’s CPU. This processor is based on the advanced Cortex-A53 architecture with dual-core Mali-T760 GPU, it is capable of running all of its eight cores in tandem for smooth power delivery and solid gaming performance.5894157_screenshot_2010-01-01-08-26-41_thumb

With 2 GB of RAM, we can tell for sure that you will be able to play your favorite mobile games without any problems at all. Also, every high-demanding application will work without any difficulties thanks to the strength of CPU & RAM.

We have compared the CPU & RAM with many smartphones and here are the results:

                                 CPU Speed                                                                                RAM

TCLM2U 1,5GHz TCL M2U                                                                 2GB

Other 2015 Android Phones on average        1.3GHz

Other 2015 Android Phones on average         1GB
Other Smartphones on average                     1-1.3GHz Other Smartphones on average                   1GB

 

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TCL M2U CAMERA

The TCL M2U has a 13 megapixel rear (primary) camera, which can produce high-quality photos. It can capture 1080p high definition video with its main camera, which is almost next to 4K regarding recording quality. Its 8-megapixel front (secondary) camera makes it an excellent choice for selfies.

The TCL M2U camera lens aperture maxes out at f/2.2 that is standard for smartphone cameras. Although lens aperture size shouldn’t be a deciding factor when choosing a phone, some camera enthusiasts might prefer of getting a larger one.

Camera got the A grade from us, and we prepared some of the photo samples:

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STORAGE

The base M2U model has 16GB of internal storage, which is sub-par for storing videos, music, photos, and some video games. But if you run out of the storage space, fortunately, there are other options. We can easily expand the storage by 32GB max with a microSD card without spending a lot of money for it, summing it up to 48 GB of storage.

OPERATING SYSTEM

The TCL M2U phone is running the Le Frog OS 5.1 that is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. It will provide you with faster multitasking, and also have “Ok Google” Voice support among many other interesting features. Even though it is not the latest Android system, we assure you that you will not be disappointed with it.

Connectivity & Features

The TCL M2U can make use of the TD-LTE and FDD-LTE 4G networks, FDD-LTE reaching a download speed of 150 Mbps – almost six times better from the previous generation device. Fast data connection means smooth HD video over data and constant VoIP video calls. Of course, the TCL M2U is also backward compatible with great 3G and 2G frequencies.

We have summarized the connectivity and features in a table so that you could see what the M2U smartphone actually has:

Connectivity Networks
Wireless Connectivity Mobile

HotSpot

Tethering

Networks 4G (LTE)

4G (HSPA+)

3G (HSDPA/CDMA)

Edge/2G (GSM/GPRS)

Connectivity 4G

Bluetooth

NFC

Wi-Fi

3G

CDMA Networks 2100MHz

1900 MHz

900   MHz

Bluetooth Version 4.0 GSM Networks 1900 MHz

1800 MHz

900 MHz

Dual Sim Supported LTE Networks 2100 MHz

1900 MHz

1800 MHz

Sim Card Size Micro-SIM
Sensors Accelerometer

Digital Compass

GPS

Gyroscope

Interfaces MicroUSB
Charging Connection MicroUSB
Headphone Connection Memory Card Slot

OTG Supported

Additional Features of TCL M2U:

  • Video Player: AVI, MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV, FLV
  • Audio Player: FLAC, APE, MP3, OGG, AMR, AAC
  • Image: JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF
  • Message: SMS, MMS, Email
  • Phone Book: 1000 contacts
  • Brower: HTML
  • Radio: Network FM
  • G-sensor: Yes
  • D-sensor: Yes
  • L-sensor: Yes
  • Interface/Port: 3.5mm earphone jack/Micro USB

BATTERY

The phone has a 3500mAh battery, which is pretty bulky and heavy – adding to the phone’s weight, and we have tested the M2U battery life for several days. We give it a B grade because we noticed it has an advertised talk time of 6 hours, which is a bit less comparing to the average phones in 2015 that have an average duration of 10 hours.

OUR OPINION

With all things considered, we can tell for sure that this phone is something you should consider buying as it will prove to be a device that you could use for years to come.
Also, when we look at the stats, we can say that the TCL M2U smartphone is a reliable device that can be used for both business and personal occasions.

We highly recommend buying this phone as it had proven itself in every targeted factor that we used for grading the device.

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What are your opinions of this phone? Considering the low price and quality that it brings, it is a great deal. Let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

 

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