The Meizu E3 launched today in China and looking at the specifications; it looks like we finally have a perfect competitor for the Redmi Note 5 which was launched in China recently. The phone looks premium, thanks to the unibody metal design. And yes, there is no notch on display, unlike some recently launched Chinese phones. Meizu has also kept the pricing pretty low for the Chinese market, despite the fact that the phone packs a Snapdragon 636 processor, which is a midrange chipset.
Talking about the design first, the phone has a unibody metal design with curved edges. Just like recent Meizu phones, the Meizu E3 has a fingerprint scanner placed on the side, below the power button. The volume rockers are present on the other side. On the bottom, there is the USB Type-C port along with the headphone jack. There is a vertical dual camera setup on the rear, and the phone features an 18:9 display on the front.
Now coming to the specifications of the device, it features a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2160x1080p. This results in a pixel density of 403ppi. Under the hood, there is the octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor with Adreno 509 GPU. This makes the Meizu E3 second phone to feature this chipset after the Redmi Note 5. As for the storage, there is 64/128GB internal storage along with 6GB RAM. There is a 3,300mAh battery that might be enough to last a full day since the Snapdragon 636 is a power efficient chipset, just like the Snapdragon 625. The phone also comes with 20W fast charging support. The company claims that the phone can charge up to 53% in just 30 minutes.
On the rear, there is a dual camera setup that includes a primary 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor with f/1.9 aperture and Dual Pixel Autofocus. The secondary camera includes a 20MP (Sony IMX350) telephoto lens that has a f/2.6 aperture. The dual camera setup on the phone can take portrait photos and also has lossless zoom up to 2.5X. On the front, the phone has an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The phone also has a limited edition variant that is named Meizu E3 J-20 ( J-20 because it is named after the J-20 fighter jet). It is priced at CNY 2,499 or $395. This special edition comes with a design similar to the J-20 fighter jet. In fact, there is a customized skin that has the same color accent as the J-20 fighter jet.