The Meizu PRO 5 to be re-launched as the world's most powerful Ubuntu Phone

The Meizu PRO 5 to be re-launched as the world's most powerful Ubuntu Phone
With Firefox OS now being primed for the scrapheap, Canonical's Android-infused Ubuntu software continues to carry the flag for fringe mobile platforms. Maker Canonical has managed to transfer its vast desktop experience into the mobile market, and will soon up the ante in collaboration with Meizu. The Chinese firm's Meizu PRO 5 is to be repackaged with the Ubuntu software on board, rendering it the most spec-heavy Ubuntu Phone ever. 

With the Exynos 7420 and a whopping 4 gigs of LPDDR4 RAM under the hood, the Meizu PRO 5 is an absolute beast. Though Ubuntu fans have seen strong handsets in the past with thanks to Canonical's cozy relationship with Meizu, the PRO 5 would put Ubuntu Phone right at the cutting-edge of smartphone tech. 

Allied to the aforementioned specs, the device includes a 1080 x 1920 full-HD display over a 5.7-inch canvas, dual-SIM functionality and a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera. In our review, the 3050 mAh juice pack mopped the floor with many of its peers in terms of longevity, and charged more quickly than the likes of the Google Nexus 6P and LG G4

One of the great assets to Ubuntu is Convergence, which is somewhat akin to Microsoft's Continuum feature. In-keeping with the PC roots of Ubuntu, Convergence allows owners of compatible devices to hook up a monitor and other peripherals for a full-blown computing experience. The Ubuntu Edition of the Meizu PRO 5 doesn't appear to include the requisite MHL video out support, though, so whether or not Convergence support is on the menu is anyone's guess. 

The device will go for pre-order during Mobile World Congress, which kicks off next week. There are no details on pricing or availability as yet, but hopefully those -- along with word on Convergence -- will be clarified at some point during the exhibition. 


source: Canonical via SlashGear

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PRO 5
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh

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11 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Would be a nice phone to combine with the IndieGogo project of NexDock (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nexdock-turn-your-smartphone-into-a-laptop--2# )

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Continuum is just blown out WP experience not full blown Windows 10

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

As much as I hate those who bash Windows Phone platform... I think you've got a valid point, unfortunately... When I first heard about continuum, I thought the phone would be able to run desktop applications (or at least slightly revoked ones)... Well, dream kaput... Continuum is nothing but a cheesy, pretentious & half baked attempt from Microsoft... All about 'bloody bling'... A good idea, albeit poorly executed... And the fact that only The top tier Lumia 950 Series of phone would be able to run it was icing on the rotten cake... Talk about niche of a niche! 3rd World is the major buyer of Windows phone... Oh, well...

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

How did they get their paws on an Exynos SoC...??? I thought that Exynos is solely for Sammy Phones? Or am I living under a rock??? Anyhow, I wish this little OS best of luck... Although its strenuous to see this OS going far, to be honest! We all are well aware of the fate of Blackberry 10 OS & Windows Phone platform (Dead OS Walking!)...!!!

4. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

No, Samsung sells Exynos processors to other manufacturers. There have been Meizu phones in the past that use Exynos processors.

10. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Exynos is compatible with Linux kernel, and I guess Cannonical has optimised their Ubuntu kernel for this device, so there's nothing new here. -Comment typed on Ubuntu 16.04LTS beta.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

Linux is way different than closed source WP or BB OS. -Comment typed on Ubuntu 15.10

7. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Pure Linux, with no Android skin. This OS must be fluid...

8. Nopers unregistered

Yeah and you don't have to worry about the phone slowing down or how much storage you have because there are 0 apps for it.

9. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

You sure buddy? There are apps for it.

11. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Most of that power's wasted on Android with almost no games getting even close to the capabilities of the latest SOCs, and Ubuntu has even less.

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