Edited by rohit42 at 2018-09-26 08:57
Flyme 7 Experience Beta or Flyme 7 Lite Beta is released for MEIZU M5 and M5s recently. There must be lot of doubts or questions in your mind so this post may help you. As this is not stable version, it is not available on http://www.flymeos.com/firmware.html. So, let’s get started –
What is Flyme 7 Experience Beta or Lite Version?
Lite version is supposed to provide Flyme 7 experience to users but with less features. Also due to hardware and resources restrictions, it will not be updated in future. So, if you face any serious bug, you can downgrade or revert back to Flyme 220.127.116.11G anytime. So, you don’t need to report bugs as they will not be fixed. You can download it and also can check Tutorial, Precautions and Change Log here.
So, now you know what is Flyme 7 Lite version but is it safe to install it? What features are available in this version? Are there any serious bugs? What about performance and Battery Back up?
These must be the main questions in your mind right now. Well, I have tried this Lite version in my M5 and I was shocked. I don’t know why it is Lite version. It has more features than regular Flyme 7 and is more stable too. Here is my review based on the experience –
Features in Lite Version
If you didn’t checked my Flyme 7 Review thread, you can check it here. Because this Lite version has all the features I explained there except – Night Mode (which is also not available in Flyme 7 Stable), Search or Assistant, New Music App UI, Camera, Screen Recorder and Face Unlock (which is limited to some devices only).
That said, there are some new features too. Before I explain them, let’s look at “About Phone”-
Android Version – 6.0
Android Security Patch - August 1, 2018
Build Number – Flyme 18.104.22.168G beta
Here are some shocking new features-
Yes, there are new themes in Themes app. Some of them I already shared in my Amazing Themes Series but now you don’t need to do that rename thing to use them. It will be interesting to see how often we will get the new themes in the Themes app. That way, I don’t need my Themes Series to offer new themes to you guys. I will share the apk of this new version of Themes App or Theme Files (.mtpk) directly in the bottom of the thread or in my Themes Series Next Volume. You can try some new themes in your phone now.
This is an awesome feature. When you are playing a game or watching a video/movie and you receive a message on Whats App/ Telegram? We Chat etc., there will be small pop up on top with “Quick Look” option. If you tap on “Quick Look”, the chat window will appear on left side of screen. You can see the chat or reply to them and to get rid of it, tap on screen anywhere else. So, you don’t need to switch between apps to see the chat or reply and then come back to Game/Video. This feature is available in Flyme 7 in Games only and it is called Game Mode 2.0 but was limited to We Chat and some other Chinese Apps only. But in Lite version, it is working in Videos too and other apps are supported too.
It is not a big deal but it saves some time. Earlier, to rename a file in Files app, we needed to tap on 3 Dots icon (More) in right bottom and then on “Rename”. Now it is available on Bottom Left of the screen. So, now you can rename a file in just 1 tap.
I mentioned earlier that in this Lite version, Camera app is not same as Flyme 7 one. But the camera app is not bad either. Now, there are following Modes-
Which makes it a complete camera app. Some of these modes are missing in Flyme 7 Stable and even in Flyme 6. I am not a pro in photography but I can say that this camera is better than the one in 22.214.171.124G.
Kid space is not available in Flyme 7 Stable but it is here in Lite version. Not a big deal but who like this feature, congratulations!!
Here are some other useful features from Flyme 7 Stable-
Recycle Bin in Photos App
Recycle Bin stores photos deleted by you for 30 days. Before 30 days, you can restore the photos and after 30 days, photos will be permanently deleted if not restored. This is an awesome feature in case you delete some important photos accidently.
The Music app UI is same as Flyme 6 music app but Music FX app is updated to version 5 which is Square Sound. Also the lock screen music play UI is updated to Flyme 7 version. So, the music app is pretty good now. Because some users were missing tap to Vol -/+ feature in music app. In Flyme 7 Stable, we need to press volume button to adjust volume but in Lite version, we can tap on screen to get Volume Slider plus other options.
System Apps Upgrade
You can check updates and update the system apps from “Update” app itself. No need to open the apps individually and check for updates.
QR code transfer
I really like this feature. Long press a file you want to share, tap on Share, then tap on “QR code transfer”. Other device just need to scan the QR code from your screen and connect to your hotspot. No apps like “Xender” or “Share It” is required. Amazing!!!
This might not be important for some users but for Indians, it means a lot. So, congratulations, it is still there in this version too.
Other features I already explained in Flyme 7 Review –
Only feature I will miss is – Screen record. There is no option to change video quality and also the record timer will be visible in recorded videos.
So, we just checked the exciting features but what about bugs? Are there any serious bugs?
Answer is, No.
Truth is, some bugs which are present in Flyme 7 Stable are fixed in this Lite version. Examples-
Only minor bug I found is – Weather app. This bug is common in Flyme 7 Stable too – Some cities are missing. Auto-locate option worked fine but the city was incorrect unfortunately. But this is not a big issue as we can install any other working version of Weather app to fix this issue.
Other issue I found is – “TouchPal Keyboard” can’t be uninstalled. And “Music FX” can be uninstalled. So, be cautious, do not uninstall it or “Square Sound” will not work.
For me, “Temperature is too high” bug is not there in Camera app. Here, it is 40-45-degree Celsius temperature in my city still no such bug.
If you find any other serious bug, reply this thread. I will update the bugs here so that users can decide if they should install this Lite Version or not.
Performance and Final Verdict
Performance is too good. On first boot less than 1GB ram was in use and rest was free. On normal to high use, up to 1.5GB ram can be used. (I have 2GB Ram variant phone).
Shockingly, PUBG Mobile can be played in Medium graphics. It is performing better than M3 Note and M5 Note in PUBG.
Battery performance is good too. As usual like in other Meizu phones, it charges from 0-75 fast but takes more time from 75-100. You can get minimum 6-hour screen-on time in normal use (YouTube, Internet Browsing, Movies/Videos etc.). Also there are not heating issues. Even while playing PUBG, the phone was not heating, But only in Wi-Fi network. I noticed that battery drain fast and phone heats too in phone network (4G) if you use data consuming apps like HotSpot, YouTube, uTorrent etc.
That’s it. I am totally impressed by this Lite version and you should definitely give it a try. If you do not like it, you can easily revert back to 126.96.36.199G. So, share your experience if you are using it or after trying it.
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Good review. Hope it will for m3 note too...
If what you said is true and you have not forgotten anything, you have convinced me, congratulations! But I would like to ask you a question: what happens if you try to install the M6 Firmware? It works?
User5203493776 replied at 2018-09-10 02:49
M6 firmware in m5?
Sorry, i will not work
And i will update the post, i tested it in wifi network and in phone network, battery is draining fast even if you are not using it (turn on hotspot to use wifi in other phone, battery drained quickly).
I calibrated the battery and i am checking it again to confirm.
if flyme team leave its consumers without updates, especially for M5 owners, I'll never buy Meizu phone again. because you don't respect life cycle of products like great brands.
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This is nice, and it means that the bugs you mentioned or someone finds will never fixed? Does it also mean that this is only a one time update and there will be no more in future (for Flyme 7, 8, 9, 10....)?
What about the other budget phones like M3s? Some months ago it was told that Lite will be not released due to instable system, and now, we have it which is fine. But for other devices it will also be available?
i wish flyme 7 lite comes to other meizu phone like the high end ones, so i can get the maximum performance than this crap flyme 7 stable. using almost 2GB of ram when nothing is running. it would be cool if the flyme devs make a lite variant for users who wants maximum performance out of their phones aside from tge normal flyme 7
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did we get an update for mx6 with night mode?
hic hic, how long for m3 note???
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rohit42 create on 2018-09-10 09:32
Even I noticed a very high power consumption, some programs have detected that it was a 2200mAh battery. You solved?
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