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Meizu takes on iPhone again, makes MX official

updated 10:35 pm EST, Mon December 5, 2011

Meizu MX confirmed at last

Meizu after a long run-up confirmed the MX in its latest bid to capture the high end of the Chinese phone market. The version on show jumps from 3.5 inches to a four-inch, 640x960 display and is using a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos chip from Samsung, not the quad-core promised for later. Only traces of the original iPhone-imitating design remain, although traces of the front and the physical home button remain.

The design is Meizu's first truly international phone: it carries a five-band, 21Mbps HSPA+ chip that can run on 3G for AT&T and T-Mobile. Users get 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in the core version as well as an eight-megapixel, f2.2 aperture rear camera with 1080p video as well as an 0.3-megapixel front camera. Only Android 2.3 ships stock with minor touches like FLAC audio support, although it will get Android 4.0 relatively soon after launch.

Meizu is planning to repeat its pattern from last year and ship on New Year's Day for 2,999 yuan ($473). A quad-core version and one with 32GB will show later.

The company has had a rocky history in its relationship with Apple. It planned its original M8 phone just weeks after the original iPhone was made public with very clear attempts to copy the American design. As development time grew, however, Meizu started introducing its own interface and hardware design changes. The similarity was still such that Apple tried to block it and lost a patent challenge on a technical issue. It eventually switched to Android and started focusing on a more unique experience. [via Meizu Me]










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  1. Moof

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Good looking phone

    It was really awesome when it came out originally as the iPhone 3.

  1. chas_m

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    +12

    Yes ...

    ... putting the camera in the middle and making incredibly minor tweaks to the iPhone 3G body, that'll show Apple!!

    I think I now know where Samsung is getting their "designers" from ...

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    They are all copycats ...

    It's easy to innovate by copying.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    too close to iPhone look...

    the camera should move slightly down and to the right just a tad. And that should do it.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Unique experience?

    "It eventually switched to Android and started focusing on a more unique experience"

    What's unique about Android? A unique experience from a copycat is like an oxymoron.

  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Monkey See.....

    ......Monkey Do!

    Not a creative bone among the Chinese knockoff cretins!

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