The world's most powerful Ubuntu smartphone is now available to purchase

The world's most powerful Ubuntu smartphone is now available to purchase
Back in February, it was revealed that the Meizu PRO 5 would be re-launched as the world's most powerful Ubuntu Phone. Meizu and Ubuntu maker Canonical have worked in tandem on several previous projects, though for fans of high-end smartphones running niche firmware, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is the most exciting yet. Having gone up for pre-order at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the device can now be snagged at the price of $369.99.

There's no question that the Meizu PRO 5 is a beast—the likes of which the Ubuntu platform has not seen of a mobile device. Under the hood sits Samsung's Exynos 7420 SoC along with 3 GB of RAM, which is slightly less than the 4 gigs found in the traditional, Android-powered Meizu PRO 5. The rest of the specs appear to follow the lead of the pre-existing model, however, with a 5.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 display, 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 3050 mAh battery pack. 

Ubuntu has long been small-time competitor to Microsoft's Windows at desktop level, having established itself as the most accessible flavor of Linux. With Redmond's mobile endeavors having hit a brick wall and no sign of a powerful new Windows handset any time soon, Canonical's timing couldn't be much better. Mozilla's fringe Firefox OS is virtually dead, too, so those seeking a reasonable alternative to Android and iOS may find this Ubuntu-fied Meizu PRO 5 appealing. 

Will you be buying? Let us know in the comments.

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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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27 Comments

1. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

Ah, also know as the iPhone M7.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But it really doesn't look like an iPhone or the M7. Similarities? Sure. The front looks like a Galaxy S5 to me. The back bears some resemblance to the HTC, but the antenna lines are much thinner and look cleaner and nicer. Take off your iPhone blinders off.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG here we go, They copied iphone, hmmm no they didn't .

4. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But they did put the Samsung's Exynos 7420, so if it's the most powerful phone in the world then I guess my note 5 is to, it also has the Samsung's Exynos 7420 .

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Most powerful UBUNTU phone.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I was joking around I know it is UBUNTU

16. Nopers unregistered

If you were joking around then enlighten me, what part of that was supposed to be a joke?

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right.. just install ubuntu on your phone, and it became "most powerfull Ubuntu smartphone" just like the title said, easy.. right?

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A very expensive and powerful feature phone. At least Windows phones have some apps. This is too expensive to shoe-horn Android and get a less than stellar result.

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

370 for device with 7420 is expensive?

9. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No , not reeally My note runs great with the 7420 even after 6,7 months now.

10. Intrepid_wiz

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Was about to ask to the same thing

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That Exynos CPU would run the phone dialer app at blinding speed wouldn't it? What can Ubuntu run natively? Open Office is not a solution, more of a half-assed workaround. What printing could you do with it? Other than web browsing and Facebook, there's not much going on with Linux. Porting Android or even Sailfish would be your best bet and then it wouldn't be any more than another high-spec'd Android with zero carrier or manufacturer support.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nananana... apps.ubuntu.com/cat/

28. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No PayPal, no eBay, no Mint, no Whatsapp, no Instagram, no Outlook, no Viber, no printing apps. Ubuntu is nice and all but webOS, which is deader than Julius Ceasar, has more working apps for the real world.

11. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

You also get a continuum like feature with Ubuntu for phones, so it would probably be nice for productivity.

12. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Sudo dial -l -r 800# 555 \#% 5555 -r

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Why does everyone act like the 950XL is an old phone and that Microsoft needs to have another flag ship lined up already? It was released in November, two months after the latest iPhone 6S Plus. And it's got WAY better specs than the iPhone 6S Plus. I think the 950XL is by far good enough to hold down the fort with the limited market share Windows Phone even has. So when it comes to an Ubuntu phone, I think it would be cool to play with. But with how much difficulty Microsoft has been having in even getting a foothold there's practically zero hope for Ubuntu.

15. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Microsoft is different from Nokia, lumia 950/950xl doest have that wow factor to be lumia flagship. just look at lumia 920 and compare it to 950 then you will know. 920 wow us with -first phone to have 60hz refresh rate display (pure motion) -qi wireless charging -optical image stabilization and pureview -best mics on market (remember htc case?) -durability etc look at 950/950xl they are just like other android phones no innovation just increase ram/resolution/processor, they dont have that Nokia feeling. I hope microsoft will realise this and start making x86 phones as soon as possible, their x50 lineup are horrible

26. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Lumia 950 and 950 XL are two ugliest looking flagship phones ever made. Lumia 930 was beautiful but Microsoft screwed up the design on new Lumia phones.

14. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I'm all for choice, and I like the idea - but apps are an issue unfortunately - especially when spending my own money. I think that they should have launched this as a dual-boot Ubuntu / Android device to put customers more at ease. I think that I would try very hard to use it in Ubuntu mode as much as possible and only fall back on Android occasionally if I absolutely had to for Android apps that I absolutely couldn't live without.

17. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

It is not available for purchase, en.jd.com doesn't accept orders. Some weird joke. I do not think that will ever be available for purchase.

22. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

"Reasonable alternative to Android and iOS" I'd like some of what you're smoking. All the weaknesses of Windows but 100X worse.

23. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

RIP Ubuntu Edge

25. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Absolutely. This is nowhere near the specifications that was going to have, when a year later. Such a disappointment.

24. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I wonder if the linux applications are compatible to ubuntu touch. are .deb packages working there, rpm's?? if yes, that is the best phone for me!

27. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Hmm...they should've gone for the new Intel Atom X5 or X7 processor on this phone to bring out the great capabilities of Ubuntu, that way the porting of apps would've been easier. X5 and X7 processors also support 4K encoding and decoding. ARM chipset on a Ubuntu powered device hinders its true abilities.

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