Meizu M3 Max: Review

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Meizu M3 Max: Review
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  • High-capacity 4,100 mAh battery gives better than average usage time
  • Large, bright screen
  • 3GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • Slim bezels and thin design keep the large phone feeling as small as possible
  • Fingerprint sensor works quickly
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The Meizu M3 Max is one of the few handsets on the market currently that offers a 6-inch display, and with that it brings some advantages, and few things that aren’t so great.

I’ve been putting one through its paces to see if it lives up to its promise of a solid spec list at a mid-range £280 RRP. You can buy one directly from Meizu’s online store for around £220 at the moment, though.

However, it’s entered an increasingly fiercely-contested market with the likes of OnePlus and Wileyfox putting up particularly good competition in the value space, so it needs to be better than ‘average’ to impress.

The European version won’t give you all these notifications from Chinese services, but the review model did.

Rating
7 Total Score
Huge battery, but not perfect

The Meizu M3 Max doesn't quite offer up compelling balance of performance and value that its spec list would suggest.It's by no means a bad phone - it doesn't lag, the large screen is good for watching movies and the camera can take a good shot, provided you give it bright conditions. However, it's too expensive to be considered 'cheap' and doesn't outperform rivals. The software isn't the best either.There are much worse phones out there, but you might want to consider some of the alternatives, particularly if you're buying for gaming.

Design
7.5
Hardware
7
Software
5
Camera
6.5
Display
7.5
Battery Life
8.5
Price
7
PROS
  • High-capacity 4,100 mAh battery gives better than average usage time
  • Large, bright screen
  • 3GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • Slim bezels and thin design keep the large phone feeling as small as possible
  • Fingerprint sensor works quickly
CONS
  • Camera isn't anything better than average
  • Big 1080p screen drains that large battery
  • Flyme OS doesn't deliver anything particularly original
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