Specifications of Meizu M1 Note mini leaked through GFXBench
The Chinese manufacturer Meizu is expected to announce the new M1 Note mini smartphone tomorrow at its "Connected" even, but its technical specifications are already known thanks to GFXBench. Though the popular benchmark is primarily used to assess the graphical performance, it also records other important characteristics of the device it's ran on.
According to the gathered data, Meizu's M1 Note mini will be a midrange smartphone with some higher-end features. The display will have a resolution of 1280x768 pixels, which isn't much for 2015 but quite enough for its 4.7-inch size. Mediatek's 64-bit capable MT6732 quad-core SoC running at 1.5 GHz will be used, enabling LTE Cat.4 support. ARM Mali-T760 MP2 is the graphics chip built into this SoC, and while its performance was considered average already in 2014 when it first came out, it should still be sufficient for most Android games at the display's native resolution and low or medium quality settings. Memory, however, is a concern: while the 8 GB of internal storage will most likely be expandable via a microSD card, 1 GB of RAM could prove insufficient for some memory-hungry apps and games.
Apart from LTE, communications are quite basic: only the usual Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 are present alongside GPS. 802.11ac and newer Bluetooth revisions were most likely sacrificed to keep the phone's price low. Thus it's surprising that the rear 12 MP camera supports Ultra HD (3840x2160, "4K") video recording, a feature usually reserved for flagship devices. The front camera apparently can take pictures up to 4.8 MP but the theoretical maximum video capture resolution reported by GFXBench is rather strange: 2096x1572 pixels. Keep in mind that these specifications aren't officially confirmed yet and the retail version of the phone might differ.
Android 4.4.4 is preinstalled on the M1 Note mini, but a 64-bit SoC hints at a possibility of an upgrade to Android 5.0 in the future. The smartphone is expected to cost around $135 and be available in several colors. Once the M1 Note mini is introduced officially tomorrow, we'll know whether Meizu is planning to make it available outside of China.
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