Meizu and Canonical sign "strategic partnership"; Ubuntu phones coming in Q1 2015

Meizu and Canonical sign
Meizu has been the most vocal supporter of Ubuntu Touch, and there have been a few times that the MX4 Pro has been spotted in the wild running the new mobile platform. Now, the rumors and leaks are starting to form into something more concrete. Meizu and Canonical have announced a new "strategic partnership", and given a bit more info on when we should expect to see Ubuntu Touch devices on store shelves.

There weren't too many details provided as to what the "strategic partnership" will actually entail; but, given that Meizu only makes smartphones, and Canonical has made a smartphone OS, it seems pretty easy to assume the basics of the deal. It was said that the first Meizu MX line of Ubuntu phones will be released in China and Europe in Q1 of 2015, but we don't know the device models in question, or the price points. 

As noted, we have seen the MX4 Pro in the wild running Ubuntu Touch; and, Canonical has said before that its devices would be aimed at the mid-to-high range (~$200 to $400). That seems to indicate the Meizu MX3 and MX4 being made into Ubuntu devices, but maybe not the MX4 Pro. The MX3 and MX4 are solid devices overall. The MX3 features an Exynos 5 SoC, 5.1-inch 1080p display, and 8-megapixel camera, and the MX4 features a 5.3-inch 1152 x 1920 pixel display, 20.7-megapixel camera, and a quad-core MediaTek processor. 

Nothing cutting edge, but should be nice for the price. And, if nothing else, it will be nice to finally see some consumer-ready Ubuntu smartphones.

source: MyDrivers via GSMArena

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6 Comments

1. h27_Venom

Posts: 76; Member since: May 16, 2014

Very nice to see competion... but app ecosystem will still be a challenge though..!!

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I don't know, I never really liked Ubuntu on PC even though my teacher was forcing us to use it.

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I am not surprised. Ubuntu is for real technical ppl not for those who give everything away due to another row of icons.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

idk Ubuntu has always been like there, It's sad the Ubuntu Edge didn't make it to the mass market but this is probably a start

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's great to see companies working together to add value to the community through open source platforms. Just think if Ubuntu had Microsoft's money. We'd have two viable open source choices for mobile devices and the tech market would be much more vibrant.

6. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I'll pick one up, I'm pretty sick of blandriod.

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