Review of: Mlais M4
Version:
MT6732 2GB/16GB
Price:
$150

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On June 5, 2015
Last modified:September 7, 2015

Summary:

See bottom of review for review summary.

Mlais is one of the older China brands, well loved in China, and usually putting out good budget phones. Recently I reviewed the sub-$100 MT6592 M9 which I thought was an excellent buy for the price, and the M52, which is a powerful bargain-priced phone. Now up is the M4, nicknamed ominously — Ironbone.

Mlais M4 review build / style

In a good decision, Mlais doesn’t use any corny slogans. Just the brand name.

While the Mlais M4 has similar specs as the Mlais M52, the style is completely different. This time around they’ve taken on a much more Samsungish look, complete with the pressable center button.

The back piece snaps on firmly and there are zero creeks or loose spots. It’s got a softish leather texture that’s excellent with not picking up fingerprints.

In the past I haven’t been such a fan of this style back piece, but it’s certainly better than shiny plastic, and after seeing very similar texture on almost the entire body of the $7,450 Leica M Monochrom, I have a newfound fondness for the leather type back piece.

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The volume rocker has an interesting look to it, and the sides dip in at the top and bottom adding further flavor.

The buttons give a solid tactile click when pressed. As with the Ulefone Be Touch, the glass curves into the sides at the edges. Overall, the phone feels well built.m4-review-IMG_6356

In a good decision, Mlais doesn’t use any corny slogans. Just the brand name. The sides are of CNC machined metal and look strong and stylish.

Mlais M4 review SoC/ROM/RAM

Specs of the M4 are 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, MT6732 SoC. This is far beyond adequate for the typical user and should be easily enough for power users and gamers as well. The M4 scores 34k on Antutu with a very healthy score of 9,000+ on 3D.

Mlais M4 review external speaker/mic/ear piece

The external speaker on the M4 is good. Easily loud enough for hands free and videos. Putting my ear next to a fan while listening to a YouTube movie was no problem.

The mic and ear piece are both good. I could be hear and be heard without issue next to a busy highway.

Mlais M4 review display

The display on the M4 is 5.5″@720p, giving us a ppi of 267. It’s a good display, with strong, pure whites and color pop. The minimum brightness registers at a quite dim 16 lux and maximum brightness tops out at 275.

There is some minor color and contrast changes from extreme angles, but not dramatically so, and even from the most extreme angles the display remains crisp and viewable.

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Brightness is beyond adequate for daylight use. There’s no evidence of where the LED’s are situated and there’s zero light bleed at the corners.

Mlais M4 review camera

While the M4 camera isn’t going to win any awards, when comparing social sharing size images to more expensive phones the images hold up quite well.

Mlais M4 review OS

A couple of minor bugs surfaced. One is the same bug as with the Ulefone Be Touch, that is even though the option to change background colors for the SIM icons exist, the color doesn’t change. All of the icons are white. Additionally, slow scrolling is slightly jittery. It appears the content is scrolling 2-3 pixels at a time. Both of these issues should be easily fixable and I’ll be contacting Mlais regarding them.

Interestingly, Mlais hasn’t switched to relegating the full storage as one partition. Still, they have smartly given a very large 5GB space to internal, and if that’s not enough, the storage location can be changed to the remaining 8GB.

Lollipop on the Mlais M4 is very stable. I experienced no force closes. Apps from Play Store are downloading, installing and updating without issue. All apps that I’ve tested have run flawlessly. Speaking of fixing bugs, the Mlais M4 received an OTA update, which downloaded and installed without any problems.

the app was still sitting in memory and instantly came up

The OS is smooth and apps are properly staying in memory. Even when opening an app I’d opened 10 apps back and several hours previously, the app was still sitting in memory and instantly came up at the place where I’d last left it. The OS is deep sleeping without issue.

The lux sensor is detecting multiple levels of brightness and adjusting display brightness appropriately.

Mlais M4 review GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth/compass/OTG

GPS on the M4 is very good, catching a cold lock within several seconds indoors. Outdoors several satellites reached an SNR in the high 30’s.

WiFi is good, maintaining a strong connection 117ft/35m on a $20 standard home router. This should be more than enough for nearly all home and business setups.

worldwide 3G support

Bluetooth is not problem, connecting to my PC, other phones and my smart watch without issue.

The compass works without issue.

OTG is working without any problems, connecting to USB keyboard / mouse / thumb drive / game pad.

Mlais M4 review frequency support

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The M4 has worldwide 3G support with WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 and LTE 4G 1/3/7/20. As always, check your carriers frequencies prior to purchasing a mobile.


Conclusion Summary

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Phones to consider
1GB Mlais M9
2GB Mlais M52
3GB Mlais M7

Mlais Official Facebook
  • Minor OS bugs

  • OTG, compass, GPS, Bluetooth all working well
  • Good camera
  • Good WiFi
  • Dual-SIM + SD expansion support
  • 2GB RAM+MT6732 make the phone very powerful and great for multitasking and gaming
  • Unique twist added to the Samsungish styling
  • No silly slogan on the back
  • Worldwide 3G 850/900/1900/2100
Rating
Mlais M4 review closing

Mlais has a history of releasing very respectable budget phones and the M4 is no exception. Strong GPS, good WiFi, all components working properly, with a very good display and solid physical build with some unique styling thrown in, makes the M4 a mobile I can recommend, especially at $150.

Still, the M52 has a more powerful SoC and is around the same price. If the Samsungish style isn’t your flavor, I recommend taking a look at the Mlais M52 or the upcoming Mlais M7.

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Mlais is one of the older China brands, well loved in China, and usually putting out good budget phones. Recently I reviewed the sub-$100 MT6592 M9 which I thought was an excellent buy for the price, and the M52, which is a powerful bargain-priced phone. Now up is the...
Mlais is one of the older China brands, well loved in China, and usually putting out good budget phones. Recently I reviewed the sub-$100 <a href="http://www.gizbeat.com/6533/mlais-m9-review-86-mt6592m-1gb-ram-otg-ogs/" target="_blank">MT6592 M9</a> which I thought was an excellent buy for the price, and the <a href="http://www.gizbeat.com/7220/mlais-m52-red-note-2gb-mt6752-review-powerful-budget-mobile/" target="_blank">M52</a>, which is a powerful bargain-priced phone. Now up is the M4, nicknamed ominously -- Ironbone.<span id="more-7766"></span> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review build / style</span></h5> <blockquote>In a good decision, Mlais doesn't use any corny slogans. Just the brand name.</blockquote> While the Mlais M4 has similar specs as the <a href="http://www.gizbeat.com/7220/mlais-m52-red-note-2gb-mt6752-review-powerful-budget-mobile/" target="_blank">Mlais M52</a>, the style is completely different. This time around they've taken on a much more Samsungish look, complete with the pressable center button. The back piece snaps on firmly and there are zero creeks or loose spots. It's got a softish leather texture that's excellent with not picking up fingerprints. In the past I haven't been such a fan of this style back piece, but it's certainly better than shiny plastic, and after seeing very similar texture on almost the entire body of the $7,450 Leica M Monochrom, I have a newfound fondness for the leather type back piece. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7792 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-06-05-00_09_51-m-monochrom-type-246-Google-Search.jpg" alt="2015-06-05 00_09_51-m monochrom type 246 - Google Search" width="501" height="347" /> The volume rocker has an interesting look to it, and the sides dip in at the top and bottom adding further flavor. The buttons give a solid tactile click when pressed. As with the Ulefone Be Touch, the glass curves into the sides at the edges. Overall, the phone feels well built.<img class=" size-full wp-image-7781 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/m4-review-IMG_6356.jpg" alt="m4-review-IMG_6356" width="600" height="330" /> In a good decision, Mlais doesn't use any corny slogans. Just the brand name. The sides are of CNC machined metal and look strong and stylish. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review SoC/ROM/RAM</span></h5> Specs of the M4 are 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, MT6732 SoC. This is far beyond adequate for the typical user and should be easily enough for power users and gamers as well. The M4 scores 34k on Antutu with a very healthy score of 9,000+ on 3D. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review external speaker/mic/ear piece</span></h5> The external speaker on the M4 is good. Easily loud enough for hands free and videos. Putting my ear next to a fan while listening to a YouTube movie was no problem. The mic and ear piece are both good. I could be hear and be heard without issue next to a busy highway. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review display</span></h5> The display on the M4 is 5.5"@720p, giving us a ppi of 267. It's a good display, with strong, pure whites and color pop. The minimum brightness registers at a quite dim 16 lux and maximum brightness tops out at 275. There is some minor color and contrast changes from extreme angles, but not dramatically so, and even from the most extreme angles the display remains crisp and viewable. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7793 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/m4-review-IMG_6379.jpg" alt="m4-review-IMG_6379" width="500" height="315" /> Brightness is beyond adequate for daylight use. There's no evidence of where the LED's are situated and there's zero light bleed at the corners. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review camera</span></h5> While the M4 camera isn't going to win any awards, when comparing social sharing size images to more expensive phones the images hold up quite well. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review OS</span></h5> A couple of minor bugs surfaced. One is the same bug as with the Ulefone Be Touch, that is even though the option to change background colors for the SIM icons exist, the color doesn't change. All of the icons are white. Additionally, slow scrolling is slightly jittery. It appears the content is scrolling 2-3 pixels at a time. Both of these issues should be easily fixable and I'll be contacting Mlais regarding them. Interestingly, Mlais hasn't switched to relegating the full storage as one partition. Still, they have smartly given a very large 5GB space to internal, and if that's not enough, the storage location can be changed to the remaining 8GB. Lollipop on the Mlais M4 is very stable. I experienced no force closes. Apps from Play Store are downloading, installing and updating without issue. All apps that I've tested have run flawlessly. Speaking of fixing bugs, the Mlais M4 received an OTA update, which downloaded and installed without any problems. <blockquote>the app was still sitting in memory and instantly came up</blockquote> The OS is smooth and apps are properly staying in memory. Even when opening an app I'd opened 10 apps back and several hours previously, the app was still sitting in memory and instantly came up at the place where I'd last left it. The OS is deep sleeping without issue. The lux sensor is detecting multiple levels of brightness and adjusting display brightness appropriately. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth/compass/OTG</span></h5> GPS on the M4 is very good, catching a cold lock within several seconds indoors. Outdoors several satellites reached an SNR in the high 30's. WiFi is good, maintaining a strong connection 117ft/35m on a $20 standard home router. This should be more than enough for nearly all home and business setups. <blockquote>worldwide 3G support</blockquote> Bluetooth is not problem, connecting to my PC, other phones and my smart watch without issue. The compass works without issue. OTG is working without any problems, connecting to USB keyboard / mouse / thumb drive / game pad. <h5></h5> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review frequency support</span></h5> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-7780 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/m4-review-IMG_6355.jpg" alt="m4-review-IMG_6355" width="600" height="337" /> The M4 has worldwide 3G support with WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 and LTE 4G 1/3/7/20. As always, check your carriers frequencies prior to purchasing a mobile. <hr class="style-four" /> <table style="background-color: #f0f0f0; box-shadow: 4px 4px 5px #999;"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="vertical-align: middle; color: white; text-align: center; background-color: #3399ff;" colspan="2"><strong><strong>Conclusion Summary</strong></strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 15px;" width="50%"> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://goo.gl/nsJT2n" target="_blank"><img class="alignnone wp-image-7769 size-full" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/m4.png" alt="" width="150" height="372" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <center><a href="http://goo.gl/nsJT2n" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span class="btn6">[email protected] Mlais</span></a></center> <table style="margin: auto; width: auto; border: none; text-align: left; font-size: 125%; background-color: #f0f0f0; box-shadow: 4px 4px 5px #999;" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="vertical-align: middle; color: white; text-align: center; background-color: #3399ff;" colspan="1"><strong>Phones to consider</strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1.5em;"><strong><strong><strong><a href="http://goo.gl/GYz4kZ" target="_blank">1GB Mlais M9</a> </strong></strong></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1.5em;"><strong><strong><strong><a href="http://goo.gl/XmJrq7" target="_blank">2GB Mlais M52</a> </strong></strong></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1.5em;"><strong><strong><strong><a href="http://goo.gl/UUJeSj" target="_blank">3GB Mlais M7</a> </strong></strong></strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <center><a href="https://goo.gl/xGAHXv" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span class="btn6">Mlais Official Facebook</span></a></center></td> <td style="padding: 15px;"> <ul class="considerandroid"> <li>Minor OS bugs <hr /> </li> </ul> <ul class="goodandroid"> <li>OTG, compass, GPS, Bluetooth all working well</li> <li>Good camera</li> <li>Good WiFi</li> <li>Dual-SIM + SD expansion support</li> <li>2GB RAM+MT6732 make the phone very powerful and great for multitasking and gaming</li> <li>Unique twist added to the Samsungish styling</li> <li>No silly slogan on the back</li> <li>Worldwide 3G 850/900/1900/2100</li> </ul> <table style="margin: auto; width: auto; border: none; text-align: left; font-size: 125%; background-color: #f0f0f0; box-shadow: 4px 4px 5px #999;" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="vertical-align: middle; color: white; text-align: center; background-color: #3399ff;" colspan="1"><strong>Rating</strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td><center><img src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/m4.jpg" alt="" /></center></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mlais M4 review closing</span></h5> Mlais has a history of releasing very respectable budget phones and the M4 is no exception. Strong GPS, good WiFi, all components working properly, with a very good display and solid physical build with some unique styling thrown in, makes the M4 a mobile I can recommend, especially at $150. Still, the M52 has a more powerful SoC and is around the same price. If the Samsungish style isn't your flavor, I recommend taking a look at the <a href="http://goo.gl/XmJrq7" target="_blank">Mlais M52</a> or the upcoming <a href="http://goo.gl/UUJeSj" target="_blank">Mlais M7</a>.