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Meizu M9 hits China early, still takes cues from Apple

updated 01:00 pm EST, Sat December 18, 2010

Meizu M9 on sale in China

Meizu on Saturday began shipping the M9 to China a few days ahead of its original Christmas deadline. The purported iPhone clone is already in the hands of first buyers and has already received some early tests comparing it to other Android devices. It runs an 800MHz processor, not 1GHz, and as a result scores above the Nexus One with Android 2.1 but trails the Google phone with 2.2 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S and Motorola Droid X.

The CNbeta hands-on also confirmed that, while the M9 hardware is different, its custom Android 2.2 still borrows some visual elements from the iPhone that spurred it to design the M8. The phone dialer, music player, browser and messaging interfaces all are based loosely on Apple's iOS template. Meizu keeps the Android keyboard mostly stock but uses small touches like showing the currently pressed key.

Meizu has been relatively popular in China and has exported its phones to some countries, but the company has lately been challenged by Apple for allegedly copying its designs too closely. the company earned at least a temporary reprieve last month when it challenged the validity of Apple's patents and is believed to have won, clearing at least the original M8 and making it difficult for Apple to block sales of the M9.

Apart from OS elements, the closest similarity between the M9 and iPhone is the display, which at 3.5 inches and 640x960 is near-identical to Apple's and unique in the Android world outside of some Sharp phones.

by MacNN Staff



  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks like

    a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant knock-off / wanna-be.

    I wish these companies would stop copying companies like Samsung for their elegant designs.

  1. njren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's underclocked

    These are review units being sent out to the Chinese tech press, not "first buyers".

    The CPU is not an 800mHz processor, it's Samsung's own Hummingbird processor being underclocked on these test samples because Meizu is still working on power management issues. Once they get it right, Meizu should release an update to bring the power up to the CPU's regular clock speed.

    The reason the screen is "unique in the Android world outside of some Sharp phones" is that it is a Sharp screen...same one as on Sharp's IS03.

    Meizu is not "relatively: popular" in China; they have a huge fan base that rivals Apple's in fanaticism. Their forums average 30-40,000 posts...a day. There are reportedly 50,000+ advance orders for this phone...and putting money down in advance for something you only have read about is just not something you typically do in China.

    And really, "purported iPhone clone"? Look at it.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Galaxy S is a knock-off/wanna-be of the IPhone. So in essence this is a knock-off of a knock-off with each iteration becoming more diluted in quality.

  1. patrix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Letters popping out

    I don't know why this is even mentioned as unqiue in the M9??? All my Android phones have always done it, on any of the keyboards I've tried....

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