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A smartphone running Ubuntu is being made available to potential users in Europe, on an invitation-only basis. The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, a repackaged version of the existing Meizu MX4 running the titular operating system, is a device with a 5.36-inch, 1920x1152-resolution, Gorilla Glass 3-protected display, backed by a customized octa-core Mediatek processor with PowerVR G6200 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
While still the most lucrative in the world, the smartphone market in the United States poses problems for manufacturers. Apple, of course, dominates the landscape, with its monolithic iPhone accounting for more than a fifth of all mobile phones in the nation. Samsung also looms large, responsible for a quarter of the American smartphone market, and no other smartphone manufacturer registers double digit share in the market. The two giants crowding the American market don't intimidate China's Meizu, though. Speaking with Electronista last week, representatives from the company were confident that a combination of simplification, affordability, and high-specs in its devices can make it a force when big push into the American market comes later this year.
Meizu has formally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the MX3, which promises to be one of the first to arrive with 128GB of storage. The Android 4.2 device centers around a 5.1-inch IPS display with 1800x1080 resolution, resulting in 415ppi density, along with the same eight-core Exynos Octa processor as Samsung's Galaxy S4 i9500, according to a specs list posted by PhoneArena.
Meizu-branded MX and M9 smartphones will receive Android 4.0 in the form of the Flyme OS 1.0 upgrade later this year. The upgrade will be available by way of over-the-air push or by a direct firmware update from Meizu's website in June.
Meizu started its week in China with the MX Quad-core. The design promises to be one of the fastest phones on the market, partly through its using a Samsung chip instead of the NVIDIA Tegra 3. While shy on details, Meizu mentioned it as an Exynos based on a 32-nanometer ARM Cortex-A9 design, likely making it the Exynos 4412 and giving it a 1.5GHz clock speed.
Meizu ended early experimentation by posting a public beta of Android 4.0. Both the current MX and the earlier M9 can try 4.0.3 and get many of the benefits, such as Chrome for Android and hints of new interface elements. The M9 version is an update to an earlier build and puts both phones on the same page.
Meizu founder Jack Wong has posted the first photos and hand-sketched images of the upcoming FlyMe skin that will be paired with the Android 4.0 OS in the company's upcoming smartphones. The Meizu MX that launched in China at the start of this year is expected to run the skin along with the M9. The M9 was recently involved in beta testing of Android 4.0.
Meizu signaled on Tuesday that it was getting close to bringing an official upgrade to Android 4.0 to its 2011 smartphone, the M9, by starting up beta testing. Along with its Chinese work, a posting at Meizu Me has opened a very limited number of slots for those who live elsewhere to get test firmware early. The candidacy system at least outside of China is based on subjective merit and more likely to go to experienced fans first.
A new smartphone due for China, the OPPO Find 3, is due to arrive soon with some impressive specs. Made to compete with the Meizu MX, it is made of metal, glass and silicon and sports relatively high-end specs. These include a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm, 1GB of RAM and a four-inch touchscreen.
The Meizu MX had its formal launch on New Year's Day both in mainland China and Hong Kong. In a repeat of last year's M9, lines in at least some locations were long at a level normally only seen for Apple launches, with over 900 seen at the Hong Kong store. Allegations in 2011 that Meizu had stacked the lines have faded this year as Meizu still had to control lines by asking most in line to come only when called.