In December, China-based Meizu launched its budget-priced Meizu M5 phone. However, it didn’t take very long for the company to announce its successor. The Meizu M5s was officially revealed today, ahead of its launch in its home country on Monday, February 20. The M5s has a couple of small hardware upgrades, plus one interesting downgrade, compared to the M5.
Like the M5, the M5s has a 5.2-inch display with a display resolution of 1280 x 720. However, the M5s has a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor inside, compared to the 1.5Ghz MT6750 processor found in the M5. Also, both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the M5s come with 3GB of RAM; the M5 had just 2GB of memory for its 16GB version and 3GB for the 32GB model.
Both the M5 and M5s have a microSD card slot for adding up to 128GB of additional storage. It can also double as a second SIM slot for the dual-SIM phones. Both of the Meizu phones have a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. While the M5 has a 3070mAh battery, the M5s has a slightly smaller 3000mAh battery for some reason. Both phones also have a fingerprint sensor built into their home buttons. Finally, the M5s uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the custom Flyme OS on top, again like the M5.
If you live in China, you can purchase the 16GB Meizu M5s when it goes on sale Monday for CNY 799, or about $115, while the 32GB model will be priced at CNY 999, or about $145. The phone will come in a number of colors, including Rose Gold, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, and Star Grey. As usual, there’s no word on when or if the phone will be released in the US or anywhere else outside of China, but we will post an update if that indeed happens.