The Meizu m2 note retail box is absolutely identical to m1 note's - it's big and not too generously filled. A 2A charger and a microUSB cable are the only amenities in what's clearly a base trim package. An optional pair of headphones will be bundled as well in select markets.
The new m2 note brings just a few changes, most of them inside. So it should be no surprise the m2 note has the same footprint as its predecessor, 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm. The only minor difference is the phone's weight. The m2 note has added an extra 4g to tip the scales at 149g.
The Meizu m2 note is quite easy to sum up in terms of exterior - it's a m1 note with matte finish. Simple as that. The body is easily recognizable for its familiar rounded edges and unfeigned fondness for the iPhone. Meizu have obviously continued to pay attention to Apple's latest designs.
The entire front is covered by a piece of either Asahi Dragontrail Glass or Dinorex T2X-1, while the non-removable rear panel is as neat and simple as it can be. We welcome the switch from glossy to matte plastic for improving both the grip and aesthetes.
The only novelty in the Meizu m2 note is the Home key - it's now a proper hardware button, bigger, and with a silver frame accent. What's even better, the Home button keeps its capacitive sensitivity as well - you can touch it for Back or press it for Home (takes you to your default homescreen). Quite clever indeed.
The Meizu m2 note benefits from much improved grip and is a pleasure to handle, thanks to the matte finish on the rear. Fingerprints are not an issue either. While the 5.5" smartphone is by no means compact, single-handed use is fairly comfortable in certain tasks.
Above the 5.5" IGZO display we find the earpiece, a couple of sensors and the 5MP selfie camera. Below the display is the new hardware key, which combines Back and Home functions.
The left side of the Meizu m2 note features the volume rocker and the Power/Lock key. We are more comfortable with a right-mounted lock key and we had some hard time getting used to the button's position on the m2 note.
On the right is the ejectable tray, which can either accommodate a nano-SIM and a microSD card or a pair of nano-SIM cards. It's up to you to choose what you'll be using the second compartment for.
The 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary mic are on the top of the m2 note, while the bottom has the microUSB port with the primary mic and the loudspeaker grille on each side.
Around back, the Meizu m2 note has the 13MP main camera and a two-tone LED flash.