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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition now available

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Ubuntu powered version of the Meizu MX4 flagship is now available

Ubuntu powered version of the Meizu MX4 flagship is now available

For all of last year, those running the AnTuTu benchmark test on their Android handset had to see the Meizu MX4 teasing them with the top listing. Now, a version of the flagship handset with the Ubuntu Touch OS is available. The gesture based Ubuntu does not use any buttons below the screen. Shades coming down from top to bottom show notifications and settings, while from the bottom up it shows the application menu. From left to right brings the list of apps, and moving from right to left will show a list of open programs. The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition allows you to install apps from the Ubuntu Store.

The specs include a 5.36-inch screen with a resolution of 1152 x 1920. That works out to a 418ppi pixel density. The MediaTek MT6595 chipset is under the hood featuring an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU and the PowerVR G6200MP4 GPU. 2GB of RAM is onboard along with 16GB of non-expandable memory. A 20.7MP rear camera is included along with a 2MP snapper for selfies. A 3100mAh battery keeps the fan blades turning.

Available in white or gold, the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is priced at the equivalent of $290 USD. The phone is available from Meizu's website which you can access by clicking on the sourcelink.

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source: Meizu via MobilTelefon.ru (translated)

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posted on 17 May 2015, 04:16 1

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I guess that home button will be useless, then

posted on 17 May 2015, 06:03 6

2. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

good for ubuntu, really wish the edge went into production, i thought the design of the phone was nice.

posted on 17 May 2015, 06:32 3

3. Arthurhkt (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

And yet we can't bought this out of China, same goes with BQ 4.5 which only available for European market, how do they attract international tester then?

posted on 17 May 2015, 06:50 2

4. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

ubuntu? is this worse than WP?

posted on 17 May 2015, 08:19 2

5. sunjay140 (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)

No, it's better than Android and iOS.

posted on 17 May 2015, 10:19

8. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Completely subjective, it has to go through testing and benchmarks, to substantiate your claims.

posted on 17 May 2015, 10:31 2

10. TechNeck (Posts: 280; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)

Not everything is about benchmarks you fool..

posted on 17 May 2015, 11:41 1

12. Nebice (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)

theoretically its sort of better and worse than ios and android,

first here´s whats good: it can run most of the android apps, it runs WAY smoother than android (similar to ios) it uses a lot of open source also open cloud storage...

here´s whats bad, well the handling as ubuntu doesnt really support drag and drop its the same with the mobile ui, you cant really change the apps as they´re displayed, also the only navigation currently is swiping (i mean no back or option button its all swiping)

leaves everyone his opinion and also i wouldnt completely trust benchmarks as they can also be faked^^

posted on 17 May 2015, 15:46

16. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

I don't see the part where it's better anywhere, the bad whats your mentioned is already big flaw that people would never considers this os.

Also benchmark is more reliable than some people opinion it's the same if people want to cheat but nothing objective about opinions. though I'm just asking something like apps quality and quantity, customizable, developer support, os features.

posted on 17 May 2015, 23:14

19. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

The review i've read say it's worse than ios'wp and android. PA did a hands on review of a device running ubuntu when they went to mwc this year look it and read it.

posted on 17 May 2015, 09:52

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Had they done this with the MX4 Pro, I would be in. I suppose I need to keep my eye on XDA and see if anyone gets it ported to the MX4 Pro or something comparable.

posted on 17 May 2015, 10:09

7. Dude2014 (Posts: 448; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

BTW can android apps run on Ubuntu os? I've never used that os before. o.O

posted on 17 May 2015, 10:22

9. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

As of now, there is no middleware (aka Android Runtime) for them torun on Ubuntu. They will have to be ported to Ubuntu or turned into web apps, which won't be difficult.

posted on 17 May 2015, 10:45

11. waddup121 (unregistered)

lol this is sick! awesome Meizu!

posted on 17 May 2015, 12:32

13. Rhinoface (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)

First line confused me, seeing as how my Droid Turbo scored higher than it.

posted on 17 May 2015, 13:16

15. Alan01 (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

My Turbo scores 50,000 but since it wasn't launched until October, it wasn't considered by AnTuTu to be eligible for all of 2014.

Alan F.

posted on 17 May 2015, 12:57

14. khelgar_i (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)

Everything was good until i read "16GB of non-expandable memory".

posted on 17 May 2015, 15:50

17. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

yup that's 'disgusting'.

posted on 17 May 2015, 23:45

20. ckonstantinos (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)

Indeed it is not good news. Although I believe demand will force Meizu to release other options too.

For now the only workaround is if 16GB is not enough for you wait few days and the MX4 Ubuntu ROM (or recovery partition) will be uploaded by someone and then you can buy a 32GB or 64GB MX4 and install it there :-)

posted on 17 May 2015, 21:15

18. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

I somehow feel that all the mobile manufacturers show only half-assed interest and efforts in building mobiles or even computers based on Linux. Nobody seems to have any genuine interest in making some of these. Or maybe Ubuntu themselves are incapable of forming strong partnerships.

posted on 18 May 2015, 11:22

21. speedyfreedy (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

I believe unbuntu themselves are incapable. This os was announced moons ago and nothing has really come of it. It's ashame for its another option for us consumers which is always good.

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