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Meizu M5: $99 USD for a 5.2-inch smartphone with 2.5D curved glass, octa-core, 2GB RAM, 13MP-5MP camera and 3070 mAh battery

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Who says you can’t get a value for money smartphone for under $100? Let Meizu M5 lead the way.

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The Chinese have always been in the forefront in providing us with a smartphone that is value for money, and the M5 is set to break new grounds as it produces a sub-$100 device that is simply great.

Find out more about the M5, here are its full details:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~282 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6750 chipset, Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage + microSD slot up to 256GB maximum
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Non-removable 3070 mAh battery
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2016 release date
  • $99 USD for 16GB storage + 2GB RAM and $129 USD for 32GB storage + 3GB RAM

M5 is one of the most eye-catchy smartphones that we have seen for a long time, the body is made of polycarbonate that comes in a wide variety of colours enhanced with CNC technology for a sleek and streamlined touch and feel.

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To have 2.5D curved glass and fingerprint sensor for a smartphone that is this affordable really means a lot. It makes for a firm grip and is for your viewing pleasure as well. How cool is it for a fingerprint sensor that lets you unlock the M5 in just 0.2 seconds?

Under the hood of the smartphone is something with the MT6750 chipset, decent octa-core processor, decent graphics and a choice of either 2GB or 3GB RAM.

Camera-wise, the M5 is fitted with a 13MP-5MP camera that makes for a good point-and-shoot camera. It helps you to capture unique moments in great quality even in low-light conditions with the improved 13MP camera. The phase-detection autofocus ensures that your photos are sharp at all times.

In terms of battery, the M5 is equipped with a rather large 3070mAh battery for its size. Additionally, the improved battery optimisation features in the Flyme OS make sure that the battery lasts even longer.

If there're any grouses about the M5 is on its High Definition resolution and its Android Lollipop 5.1 OS. But these two disadvantages shouldn’t put you off from owning an affordable smartphone.

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For below $100, there’s nothing that would come close as to what Meizu M5 has to offer. Packed with Wonderful colours to choose from, 2.5D curved glass, fingerprint sensor, decent hardware, 13MP-5MP camera and a 3070 mAh battery to boot; makes for a real value for money smartphone. But only if you can look past its HD resolution and Lollipop OS.

Meizu M5 had just been released for $699 Chinese Yuan or ~$99 USD for 16GB storage + 2GB RAM and $899 Chinese Yuan or ~$129 USD for 32GB storage + 3GB RAM. You can choose from Mint Green, Glacier White, Champanage Gold, Sapphire Blue and Matte Black.

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