Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Meizu M2 Note: tale of the tape

In Phones by Ramon Lopez1 Comment

Now that both the Meizu M2 Note and Xiaomi Mi 4i have been officially priced and confirmed to be heading to Philippine shores soon, pitting them against one another on paper to determine which Android smartphone offers more bang for your money should be a little easier.

In one corner you have the M2 Note, a big-screen, octa-core phone with few compromises. In the other corner you have the Mi 4i, which despite being a slightly watered-down version of Xiaomi’s outgoing flagship phone, combines great hardware and software with an attractive price tag.

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So, which one wins? Both devices look especially good in terms of specifications: dual-SIM slots with support for LTE connections; full-HD screens; octa-core processing power with ample RAM; high-capacity batteries; and Android Lollipop.

In one corner you have the M2 Note, a big-screen phone with few compromises. In the other corner you have the Mi 4i, which combines great hardware and software with a reasonable price.

The Mi 4i, by virtue of its smaller screen, should offer better handling and a more comfortable usage experience than the M2 Note. Still, smartphones with bigger screens are better suited for games and videos, and the M2 Note’s 5.5-inch screen real estate promises to be a treat for mobile gamers and binge-watchers. Oh, and the M2 Note has a microSD expansion slot, which the Mi 4i lacks.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the answer, as always, comes down to user preference. But if I have to choose one then it would be the Xiaomi Mi 4i because I don’t have a lot of apps installed on my Android phone and I prefer a normal-sized handset that would easily fit into any pocket.

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Meizu M2 Note unboxing video

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.