Meizu E3 was officially announced in China. The phone is jam-packed with hardware but Meizu has managed to keep its price low.
The E3 features a 5.99″ IPS LCD screen of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels and runs on the Snapdragon 636 chipset (8x Kryo 260 cores, Adreno 509 GPU). There are 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage.
The Meizu E3 packs a dual-camera setup on its back that wouldn’t be out of place on a phone with much higher standing. The modules are protected by a piece of sapphire glass and the main shooter has a 12MP Sony IMX362 (1/2.55″, 1.4m) sensor behind f/1.9 lens with Dual-Pixel autofocus. The secondary telecam unit has a 20MP Sony IMX350 (1/2.8″, 1.0m) imager behind f.2/6 lens with PDAF. There is also a dual-tone flash around.
The dual-cam on the back is capable of portrait mode with background blur and promiese up to 2.5x lossless zoom.
There is an 8MP f/2.0 camera at the front for selfies.
The Meizu E3 has its internals wrapped in a metal body, and its fingerprint sensor placed on its right side as it once was on quite a few Sonys. Meizu says the sensor is always on and unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds.
Meizu E3 has a 3,300 mAh sealed battery capable of 20W fast charging via a new custom cable and adapter. The company advertises the charging as “cold”, and we guess this is a technology similar to the 5V/4A VOOC/Dash Charge.
The E3 runs on Flyme OS 7 with Android 7.1.2 serving as a core beneath the launcher.
Meizu E3 will go on pre-order on March 26 in China, while shipping begins on March 31. The phone will be available in Champagne Gold, Black and Blue colors. The 64GB model is priced at CNY 1,799 ($284), while the 128GB one costs CNY 1,999 ($315).
There is also a limited Meizu E3 J-20 Edition named after the J-20 fighter jet. It costs CNY 2,499 ($395) and has its back made to look a lot like the J-20. It is packed with a custom J-20 case, a memorial card, and a J-20 SIM-eject tool.