Meizu m1 metal review: Glitter in the dark

GSMArena team, 23 November, 2015.

Performance

Meizu m1 metal joins the growing list of phones powered by the MediaTek's MT6795 chipset, also known as Helio X10. Unlike the name suggests, the processor is an octa-core 2GHz Cortex-A53, accompanied by a PowerVR G6200 (Rogue) GPU and 2GB of RAM.

Meizu M1 Metal review

The Meizu MX5, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Sony Xperia M5 and HTC One E9+ are the other devices we've met so far that utilize the same chipset.

GeekBench 3 gauges the multi-core performance of the processor and the Meizu m1 metal is doing flawless, as expected.

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5
    5110
  • Meizu m1 metal
    4825
  • HTC One E9+
    4796
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    4589
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    4067
  • Meizu m1 note
    3988
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    3554
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    3321
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3120
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2375
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2336
  • OnePlus X
    2297

The compound AnTuTu 5 test puts the Meizu m1 metal on par with its MX5 sibling and ahead of the Redmi Note 2 and Xperia M5 (also Helio X10 competition).

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    50875
  • HTC One E9+
    50753
  • Meizu m1 metal
    49508
  • Meizu MX5
    48915
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    46307
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    46283
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    45348
  • OnePlus X
    39990
  • Meizu m1 note
    39224
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    38786
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    34491
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    32217

BaseMark II 2.0 calculates CPU, GPU, memory, OS and web performance and puts in into a single score. The m1 note is behind its Helio X10 siblings - the MX5 and One E9+, but on par with the Redmi Note 2 and beats the Xperia M5. It seems the software optimizations have a lot to do with the score. We made sure we opted for the Performance Power Mode.

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5
    1252
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    1233
  • HTC One E9+
    1227
  • OnePlus X
    1213
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    1160
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    1063
  • Meizu m1 metal
    1039
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    984
  • Meizu m1 note
    880
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    860
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    858
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    296

Oddly the single and multi-core results in BaseMark OS II 2.0 turned out lower than expected and noticeably behind the rest of the Helio X10 gang.

Basemark OS 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    5739
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    5557
  • OnePlus X
    5118
  • HTC One E9+
    3444
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    3434
  • Meizu MX5
    3262
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    3008
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    2990
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2628
  • Meizu m1 note
    2617
  • Meizu m1 metal
    2439
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    2065

Basemark OS 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • HTC One E9+
    28201
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    24538
  • Meizu MX5
    22976
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    21516
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    19237
  • Meizu m1 metal
    17481
  • OnePlus X
    16983
  • Meizu m1 note
    14565
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    14276
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    13521
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    13167
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    7891

PowerVR G6200 GPU is perfectly capable of handling 1080p displays. Its raw offscreen performance is better than the widespread Adreno 405 within the Snapdragon 615, so we guess the Helio X10 is the smarter choice for the 1080p upper mid-rangers. The only threat comes from the Snapdragon 808's Adreno 418 (Xiaomi Mi 4c), which seems to be the better performer.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    12
  • Meizu MX5
    10
  • OnePlus X
    9.9
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    8.5
  • Meizu m1 metal
    8.4
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    8.4
  • HTC One E9+
    6.6
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    6.2
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    6.1
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    5.84
  • Meizu m1 note
    5.8

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    15
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    12.2
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    12
  • OnePlus X
    10
  • Meizu MX5
    9.5
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    8.7
  • Meizu m1 metal
    8
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    7.9
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    6.2
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    6.1
  • Meizu m1 note
    5.7
  • HTC One E9+
    5.4

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    10
  • Meizu MX5
    4.8
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    4.5
  • Meizu m1 metal
    4
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    4
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    2.9

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    9.7
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    4.9
  • Meizu MX5
    4.7
  • Meizu m1 metal
    3.9
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    3.9
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    2.9

BaseMark X GPU test oddly puts the metal's GPU somewhat behind its siblings.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    12096
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    11798
  • OnePlus X
    10572
  • Meizu MX5
    10403
  • HTC One E9+
    9639
  • Meizu m1 metal
    8526
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    8518
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    7780
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    5656
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    5105
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    4875
  • Meizu m1 note
    4617

The MX web browser got some performance and stability improvements with the Flyme 5 upgrade and now it's quite fast. The m1 metal scored a very good mark on the JavaScript Kraken benchmark, and on the compound BrowserMark test.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    4506
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    5968
  • OnePlus X
    7295
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    9504
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    10712
  • Meizu MX5
    11414
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    11439
  • Meizu m1 metal
    11887
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    13609
  • Meizu m1 note
    15055
  • HTC One E9+
    17430
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    25088

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2113
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    2066
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    1554
  • Meizu m1 metal
    1548
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    1505
  • Meizu MX5
    1471
  • OnePlus X
    1406
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    1396
  • HTC One E9+
    1279
  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual
    1203
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    1171
  • Meizu m1 note
    536

The Helio X10 inside the Meizu m1 metal is an absolute treat for such an affordable device and a real powerhouse. There is nothing the Helio X10 can't handle on the m1 metal's 1080p display and we are sure the Meizu fans will appreciate the choice of platform and all the software optimizations the company has done on the Flyme 5 launcher.