Xiaomi or Meizu: which is better?

Recently, Xiaomi and Meizu are gaining more and more popularity in the Russian market. The reasons are quite obvious: high-quality devices at a low cost. Devices can be purchased both in our online stores and at foreign sites. Interestingly, in some Russian online stores, smartphones cost the same or only slightly more expensive than on foreign Internet giants like Ali, so it often makes no sense to order from abroad. However, it all depends on the specific model..

As for the companies themselves. Both of them are Chinese and managed to make a big name for themselves in just a few years. How could anyone have thought that some small Chinese companies would be able to compete with world leaders? As it turned out, they can.

Companies are the main competitors in the market. The conclusion about this can be made by looking at the line of smartphones enough – even if they do not copy each other, they are extremely similar in terms of both characteristics and cost. There are even funny moments: one company produces an inexpensive smartphone in a metal case, after a short period of time the second company does the same. However, buyers from this competition are only better – there is plenty to choose from.

What is the main difference? As for the characteristics, despite the different hardware, competing smartphones, as a rule, are similar in terms of performance. The main difference is in appearance. Compare, for example, the popular 5.5-inch Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Meizu M5 Note:

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

As you can see, outwardly they differ, although the characteristics are approximately at the same level.

Or other popular devices – Meizu M5 and Xiaomi Redmi 4, which are content with a 5-inch screen:

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 138g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3070 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 156g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

These devices fall into the budget class, they can be purchased for only 10-12 thousand rubles, and this is after the well-known catastrophe with the exchange rate. Imagine how much smartphones would cost if the ruble didn’t fall? We will tell you – one and a half to two times cheaper. But even the indicated 10-12 thousand rubles for such smartphones is an extremely low cost and one of the most advantageous offers on the market. Moreover, the manufacturer “complements” smartphones with options such as support for 4G networks, a fingerprint scanner, a metal screen, an excellent screen, good cameras, etc..

The second major difference is the firmware. Companies did not use the stock Android firmware, but offered their vision. So, Xiaomi uses MIUI proprietary firmware, while Meizu uses Flyme, both built on Android. Groschiki cardinally differ from each other. Which one is better, we do not know, is a trite question of taste. Therefore, before buying, we recommend playing around with the device and see what you like more.

Some time ago, Meizu stopped supporting languages ​​other than Chinese and English for its firmware, except for official ones. In other words, it is impossible to install official international firmware on “gray” devices, which contains all languages, including Russian. Of course, it is possible to reflash, but then you will have to use “dancing with a tambourine” – the firmware process cannot be called simple for an ordinary person. Xiaomi is getting easier – there are no language restrictions, I went to the site, downloaded the global firmware and reflashed the smartphone in 10 minutes. But this is the only minus of Meizu, especially since when you buy an official device, the firmware will be global (international) and you will not experience problems with languages.

So what to choose? Both brands showed themselves well, so we can’t talk about which one to choose specifically for you – the choice is yours. Both companies have great smartphones..