The battle of the best mid-range phone has never been tighter!
With the announcement of Lenovo’s A7000 heading to the PH, the battle for the ultimate bang for the buck phone for the mid-range segment has never been hotter. Four devices will soon be competing for your hard earned money: the Meizu M1 Note, the Alcatel Flash Plus, Lenovo A7000 and the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE, and with that we thought it would be helpful to take a look at the specs of each device and compare them with each other. It’s important to note that aside from the M1 Note, we haven’t held the three other smartphones in this article, so we’ll be going by their spec sheets for comparison and not user experience. Let’s take a look at their specs:
Processor: Meizu M1 Note
All of the four phones in this comparison article are powered by MediaTek’s SoCs, but the Meizu M1 Note has the fastest processor of the lot. The 1.7GHz MT6752 octa-core processor trumps the lower-clocked MT6752M processor of the Alcatel Flash Plus and the Lenovo A7000, as well as the MT6732 quad-core processor on the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE.
RAM: Four-way tie
It’s a tie between all four phones since they all have 2GB of RAM.
Display: Meizu M1 Note
This wasn’t a big surprise nor a close race – the 5.5-inch, full HD display of the Meizu M1 Note trumps all other three challengers because it has a full HD display, compared to the HD display of the three other smartphones.
Storage: Two-way tie between Alcatel Flash Plus and Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE
The Meizu M1 Note only has a measly 16GB of storage on board with around 11GB left for the user when they start using it, which severly limits the amount of apps, games and media that you can put in it. In contrast, both the Alcatel Flash Plus and the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE have 16GB storage and an option to expand it further via microSD.
Camera: Three-way tie between Meizu M1 Note, Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE and Alcatel Flash Plus
Since we don’t have sample photos from all three cameras mentioned above, we’re going to go by their raw megapixel count. In that regard, all three smartphones mentioned above all sport 13-megapixel rear cameras, and though the Alcatel Flash Plus has the potential of winning the camera category because of its Sony IMX sensor, we can’t make a verdict until we see actual sample photos side by side from the three phones.
SIM and LTE connectivity: Two-way tie between Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE and Alcatel Flash Plus
The Meizu M1 Note and the Lenovo A7000 does not have dual LTE capability, so it’s a tie between the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE and the Alcatel Flash Plus.
Battery: Alcatel Flash Plus
With a slower clocked CPU and a less power-hungry HD display, this round goes to the Alcatel Flash Plus and its 3500mAh battery.
OS: Lenovo A7000
Lenovo’s A7000 is the only phone of the bunch that sports Lollipop out of the box. All the other three smartphones are all Android 4.4 KitKat, though its manufacturers have promised updates to Lollipop in the near future.
Price: Alcatel Flash Plus
Starting at just Php 6,990, the Alcatel Flash Plus beats out the cheapest M1 Note by around Php 1K. We don’t know the pricing for the A7000 as of yet, unfortunately.
So there you go guys. Which one of these phones would you buy given the chance? Let us know in the comments below!