The Meizu MX4 Phone With Ubuntu Is Expected To Be Out In December
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 14 September 2014 at 12:48 PM EDT. 18 Comments
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Back in February we wrote about Ubuntu having two phone partners with plans to launch in 2014. Those partners were BQ and Meizu, with the latter Chinese brand at least now expecting to have a working Ubuntu Touch software stack in December to begin shipping their Unicorn-loaded phone.

Ubuntu Phone was previously demoed with the Meizu MX3 while in December it appears is when the Meizu MX4 will launch with Ubuntu pre-loaded. Posted to the Meizu.IT blog (English translation) was the following message:
Under the request of some of the fans we contacted Canonical, who assured us that from December will be available on Ubuntu Touch Meizu MX4 with MediaTek SoC MT 6595. Still no details regarding the variant "pro" of the device, which should be announced in the coming weeks.

While Ubuntu 14.10 for desktops, servers, and clouds have a release date set for next month (23 October), the Ubuntu Touch team is working on getting an RTM version of Ubuntu Touch in good shape for which Meizu (and BQ) will be able to base their products on. Hopefully that goes well and they'll be able to stick to this December release plan, although it's still very debatable how well this first commercial Ubuntu phone will pan out. This first phone also likely won't be available in many markets.

The Meizu MX4 with Android will be available this month. The MX4 features a 20.7MP camera, 1152 x 1920 5.36-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and uses the MediaTek MT 6595 SoC. The MediaTek 6595 is a quad-core Cortex-A17 design with four low-power Cortex-A7 cores for its ARM big.LITTLE design. Graphics for the MT6595 SoC are provided by Imagination's PowerVR Series-6 GPU.
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