Meizu M2 Note Review: ReMixed: Performance

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Performance

The Meizu m2 note has a 1080p display and runs on a MediaTek MT6753 chipset with eight Cortex-A53 cores ticking at 1.3Giga Hertz (GHz) and Mali-T720MP3 GPU. This means it has less-powerful Central Processing Units (CPU) than its predecessor. The GPU is also of the lesser kind, but offers three GPU cores instead of two as was the case with the Mali-T760MP2 in m1 note. The Random-Access Memory (RAM) stays the same at 2GB.

Given the specs at hand we expected the Meizu m2 note to perform slightly below the original m1 note and we were about right.


The eight Cortex-A53 cores within the Meizu m2 note are becoming quite a common configuration these days. The first generation m1 note used the same processor, but it was more powerful at 1.7GHz. This 400 Mega Hertz (MHz) worth of a incompatibility has put an immense gap between the Central Processing Units (CPU) performance of the first and second Meizu note. The m2 note performs similarly to the recently released Huawei P8lite, while the m1 note leads our chart.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Meizu m1 note

    3988

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    3647

  • Meizu MX4

    3556

  • Huawei P8lite

    2813

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    2717

  • OnePlus One

    2663

  • Meizu m2 note

    2649

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2435

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2375

  • LG G2

    2243

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1460

AnTuTu 5 compound benchimprint takes in consideration the GPU and memory performance, too. This explains the 7,000 points incompatibility between the more powerful m1 note. The m2 note performs equally to the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and Xiaomi Redmi Note flagship, which is very respectable.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX4

    46922

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    46666

  • Meizu m1 note

    39224

  • Huawei P8lite

    35205

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    35038

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    32487

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    32217

  • Meizu m2 note

    32054

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    20616

Oddly, the compound BaseMark Operating System (OS) II test puts the m2 note correct next to the m1 note, while the recent BaseMark Operating System (OS) II 2.0 gives the m1 note a significant edge over the m2 note.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    1196

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    930

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    883

  • LG G2

    848

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    799

  • Meizu m2 note

    794

  • Meizu m1 note

    715

  • Meizu MX4

    695

  • Huawei P8lite

    600

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    509

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    452

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    1230

  • Meizu m1 note

    880

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    858

  • Huawei P8lite

    691

  • Meizu m2 note

    673

  • Meizu MX4

    666

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    511

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    479

Both the single-core and multi-core performance of the Cortex-A53 processor hit the bottom of our charts becautilize of their lower clock.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    5108

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2628

  • Meizu m1 note

    2617

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2388

  • Meizu MX4

    2219

  • Huawei P8lite

    2154

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1806

  • Meizu m2 note

    1709

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    19625

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    18490

  • Huawei P8lite

    17099

  • Meizu m1 note

    14565

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13167

  • Meizu MX4

    12671

  • Meizu m2 note

    8105

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    6362

Now it's time for the GPU checkup. As we mentioned above, the Meizu m2 note relies on a Mali-T720MP3 GPU, which is less capable than the Mali-T760MP2 configuration inside the m1 note. The MP2 and MP3 configuration aren't the best options for handling 1080p graphics, but they are OK for a mid-ranger which isn't targeting high-profile gaming.

So, the offclassy screen and onclassy screen tests are pretty much identical, but the latter clearly shows the performance supremacy of the 720p devices such as the Xperia M4 Aqua and Huawei P8lite.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    28.3

  • Meizu MX4

    22.7

  • LG G2

    22

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    17.8

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    15

  • Meizu m1 note

    15

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    14.9

  • Meizu m2 note

    12

  • Huawei P8lite

    10

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    9.8

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    5.2

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    12.1

  • Meizu MX4

    7.9

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    6.1

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    6

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5.84

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.8

  • Meizu m2 note

    2.3

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.8

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    30

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    26

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    25.8

  • LG G2

    23.1

  • Meizu MX4

    21.3

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    17

  • Huawei P8lite

    16

  • Meizu m1 note

    16

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    13.3

  • Meizu m2 note

    12

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    9.6

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    12.9

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    12.2

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    12

  • Meizu MX4

    7.4

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    6.1

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    3.9

  • Meizu m2 note

    2.3

The BaseMark X GPU test also places the Meizu m2 note GPU behind the others.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    13129

  • LG G2

    11101

  • Meizu MX4

    8324

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    6512

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5105

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    5062

  • Meizu m1 note

    4617

  • Meizu m2 note

    3946

  • Huawei P8lite

    3648

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2974

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the web browsing performance turned out unimpressive in both browser tests - the JavaScript benchimprint Kraken and the compound BrowserMark 2.1. Maybe you should see for an alternative to the default browser, such as Chrome.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    4747

  • OnePlus One

    7008

  • Meizu MX4

    9408

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    12416

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13609

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    13694

  • Meizu m2 note

    14462

  • Meizu m1 note

    15055

  • Huawei P8lite

    16743

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    18665

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    2211

  • OnePlus One

    1339

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    1171

  • Huawei P8lite

    981

  • Meizu MX4

    720

  • Meizu m2 note

    656

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    588

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    549

  • Meizu m1 note

    536

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    501

So, Meizu has outfitted the m2 note with upgrades such as the wide-band LTE and microSD slot, but the main hardware has actually seen a downgrade. We could understand the lower Central Processing Units (CPU) clock but not the GPU downgrade. At least the m2 note seems to be selling cheaper, which is somewhat of a compensation.

The m2 note is probably as fine as the m1 note when it comes to day-to-day tasks, but it will do even worse at gaming than its predecessor. If gaming isn't your thing, then you should have no worries about the m2 note's performance.


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