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Meizu M5 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4a: two sub-$100 smartphones with great value

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If you think that getting a good smartphone under $100 USD is difficult, then you should take a look at Meizu M5 and Xiaomi Redmi 4a.

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Chinese manufacturers have always taken the lead in providing great value for money devices, and these two smartphones have taken it to new heights altogether.

Well let’s get started then with Meizu M5:

  • 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 RAM
  • 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
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable 3070 mAh battery
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2016 release date
  • $99 USD

M5 has got to be one of the most striking smartphones that we have seen for quite some time. It has a body that is made of polycarbonate that comes in a wide variety of colours enhanced with CNC technology for a sleek and streamlined touch and feel. You will definitely be able to stand out from a crowd with this one.

2.5D curved glass and fingerprint sensor are the two major advantages of the M5. This makes for a firmer grip that also adds to your viewing pleasure as well. The fingerprint sensor is a fast one – you can unlock the smartphone in just 0.2 seconds.

Performance-wise, it is on a mid-range segment. If you are not a heavy gamer, then it should be just fine. Same goes with the 13MP-5MP camera setup, the M5 should be able to provide good photos.

If there’s one drawback about the M5 is the fact that it comes with a rather dated Android Lollipop 5.1 OS.

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Now let’s turn our attention to the Redmi 4a which has the following features:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~296 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 chipset, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 308 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3120 mAh battery
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2016
  • $75 USD price tag

There’s a $24 USD difference between Redmi 4a and M5, but there isn’t much difference between the two.

In terms of performance, camera, storage, battery, dual-sim capability and 4G LTE, both of them have a similar setup.

The Redmi 4a has a slightly smaller screen, blessed with a metal body and is powered by the more recent Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 OS.

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For below $100, Meizu M5 comes in really strong with its great looks and wonderful colours to choose from, 2.5D curved glass, fingerprint sensor and other features that make it complete. But only if you can live with the fact that it is still running on Lollipop OS.

Meizu M5 had just been released for $699 Chinese Yuan or ~$99 USD. You can choose from Mint Green, Glacier White, Champanage Gold, Sapphire Blue and Matte Black colour.

As for the Xiaomi Redmi 4a, it is even cheaper by a significant amount. For that kind of money, you will be getting a metal body and other specs that makes a mid-range smartphone. It is a no-brainer to get yourself one when it is this cheap.

Xiaomi Redmi 4a is currently available for $499 Chinese Yuan or ~$75 USD. It comes in Gold and Rose Gold colour.


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