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Meizu 's iPhone rival shown, due in August?

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Wed July 16, 2008

Meizu M8

Meizu's long-delayed M8 (MiniOne) touchscreen phone may be ready next month, according to posts by company chief J. Wong. The Chinese firm plans to release more images and details of the phone in August and hints that it may launch a basic version with 128MB of memory and an unspecified amount of permanent memory the same month. A second version, with 256MB of memory and 8GB of flash storage, would ship in October for a price equal to $320.

Several photos of a working M8 have also appeared and show the device with an interface that has apparently regressed since earlier changes with a look that more closely resembles the iPhone the M8 has been accused of replicating since it was announced by Meizu in early 2007. The media interface shares a similar layout with repeat and shuffle modes available from the top of the screen.

Neither Wong nor Meizu at large have discussed the likelihood of the M8 being sold at large outside of China, though it's widely believed that copyright issues will keep the phone from normal sales in North America.

by MacNN Staff





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