updated 07:05 pm EDT, Sun April 11, 2010
Meizu sets early goals for mBook tablet
Meizu CEO Jack Wong on Sunday posted some of the first details of his company's iPad clone, the mBook. The tablet will be slightly smaller than its Apple counterpart at 8.4 inches but should play 1080p and officially last longer on battery at 12 hours. He promised the same 1024x768 resolution and capacitive touch as the iPad but noted it would have an HDMI output to show HD video at full size.
The tablet should achieve many of its goals through a 1.5GHz processor (likely Snapdragon) and would have all the features of Apple's 3G iPads, such as 3G with some form of GPS as well as "high quality music playback." It's expected so far to run some form of Android, but heavily customized for the larger screen.
Wong hasn't provided a firm date for when the mBook would ship, though the timing and history make it more likely for 2011 than anytime this year. A sequel to its iPhone clone, the M8, is also in development and will be tentatively smaller; the M9 mini would have a slightly smaller 3.4-inch touchscreen.
Meizu is widely considered one of the most prominent device cloners in China but has developed a reputation for putting its own original spin on designs by the time they're released, often getting a significant audience both within China and through exports. The M8 was originally announced just weeks after the original iPhone, but it actually shipped in February 2009 with certain unique interface elements.