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Sharp Z2 vs Meizu M3x: two 10-core smartphones under $290 that will sure to delight you

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Both Sharp Z2 and Meizu M3x have a totally different background, but they are sure to excite with its features and functions. Read on to find out more.

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It has been a new start for Sharp, since being taken over by Taiwanese giant Foxconn. The well-known household brand name now has a more strategic focus on the smartphone division, and we should see more from them in the coming months.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what Z2 has to offer:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 chipset, Deca-core (2x2.3GHz Cortex-A72, 4x2.0GHz Cortex-A53, 4x1.4GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T880 MP4 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, electronic image stabilization and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/1.8 aperture and 82-degrees wide angle
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging up to 50% in just 30 minutes
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2016 release date
  • $279 USD price tag

Z2 really surprised us all especially with its 5.5-inch Full HD screen that is equipped with LTPS technology. Knowing that Sharp has a rich background in the television industry, you can expect it to really excel in this department and show its true colors.

Another advantage that the Z2 has is with its Gorilla Glass protection. You might not think that it is crucial, until some mishap happen. That’s when you truly wish that you had it in the first place.

Under the hood of the Z2 is the X20 chipset, paired with a really fast processor, better graphics and 4GB RAM. It should be able to easily blaze through anything and everything that you throw at it. It comes with the innovative Tri-Cluster CPU structure allocates processing power based on the application requirements. This not only maximizes the processing power, but also reduces battery consumption effectively.

Camera-wise, the Z2 is sporting a really good 16MP-8MP camera combination. Especially on the 16MP camera, it comes with PDAF and EIS, that lets you easily capture the best moment and shoot smooth videos as well. As for its 8MP selfie camera, it has a wide 82-degrees angle which lets you capture more stuff on the background.

Battery-wise, the 3000 mAh battery is fine for a smartphone this size and power. But the highlight has to be on its fast battery charging feature, where just with 30 minutes’ charge can bring the power up to 50%.

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Hope you have gotten excited, but wait. You should be taking a look at the M3x then:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~403 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T880MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD slot up to 256GB maximum
  • 12MP primary camera with Sony IMX386 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • Non-removable 3200 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2016 release date
  • $289 USD price tag

One of the great things about the M3x, is how beautiful it looks with its metal body and 2.5D curved glass. It definitely excels in the look and feel department, like no other. Heads will turn when people pass you by.

There’s not much difference in terms of hardware though, as real-life situations might testify. It should be able to perform almost similar.

Camera-wise, M3x might be sporting just a 12MP primary camera – but with Sony’s IMX 386 sensor at the helm; you should be able to capture great photos with it. The 5MP selfie camera should be your average run-of-the-mill camera capable of taking good shots.

Another highlight for the M3x is on its storage side of things. With double the internal storage that stood at 64GB, that’s very nice of Meizu to fit that in.

As for the battery department, the M3x comes with a 3200 mAh battery that should have no problem supplying juice to the smartphone and last it for at least a day in between charging.

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Conclusion:

Sharp Z2 marks a breakthrough for the Japanese brand name and we can expect more of them in the near future. Great LTPS screen is there for all to see, great 16MP-8MP camera, speedy hardware, fast battery charging feature are some of the plus points. It is also slightly cheaper by $10 USD, if that makes any difference.

Sharp Z2 is currently available for $399 Singapore Dollar or ~$279 USD. It is available in Silver and Gold.

Meizu M3x looks and feels great that is bound to make you stand out in the crowd. The metal body and 2.5D curved glass really gives it the premium look. Huge 64GB internal storage and a solid 3200 mAh battery should give you more than you can ask for.

Meizu M3x is currently available for $1,999 Chinese Yuan or ~$289 USD for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. You can choose from Blue, Gold, Black or Silver color.

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