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

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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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posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:11 6

1. h27_Venom (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 May 2014)

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

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:28

2. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)

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

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 18:55

5. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:53 2

3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 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

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 13:50 3

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 09:26

6. mrblah (Posts: 577; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

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

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