Meizu and Canonical signed an agreement a couple of months back. By doing that, both companies basically confirmed that it’s just a matter of time before we see the Ubuntu-powered Meizu-branded handset. Well, Meizu has released a teaser on February 16, indirectly confirming that such a device will be announced at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona next week. We’ve been wondering which existing Meizu device will run Ubuntu though, there was also a possibility that they’ll release a new device, but due to the lack of rumors regarding that, most people thought that the Meizu M1 or MX4 will get the Ubuntu version.
It looked like we’ll have to wait until MWC starts in order to see which device will Meizu unveil, but the company jumped the gun and revealed everything. Meizu posted the MX4 running Ubuntu on their official Weibo page, along with a tagline “More than better”. By doing this, Meizu quite obviously confirmed that the Ubuntu-powered MX4 handset will launch next week, even though the M1 seemed like a more obvious choice due to the lower hardware price. There you have it, after BQ unveiled the first Ubuntu handset, Aquaris E4.5 handset, Meizu is set to push their own Ubuntu-powered handset out on the market. Also, the image that Meizu posted links to the company’s international website, which confirms that we’ll see this handset launched in Europe, but that was to be expected.
Meizu MX4 sports a 5.36-inch 1080p (1920 x 1152) display along with 2GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64GB of in-built storage. MediaTek’s MT6595 octa-core processor is powering on this device along with PowerVR Series 6 GPU for graphics processing. 20.7-megapixel shooter is located at the back of the device along with a dual LED, dual tone flash. On the front of the device, you can find a 5-megapixel snapped which should come in handy if you like to take a selfie here and there or you use the video call feature of your device. MX4 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat pre-installed with Meizu’s Flyme 4.0 OS on top of it. The device measures 144 x 75.2 x 8.9mm and weighs 147 grams.
Now that we know which Meizu-branded handset will ship with Ubuntu pre-installed, are you interested in getting a copy if the price is right?
EDIT: We reached out to Meizu and got an official confirmation as well. The Ubuntu-powered Meizu MX4 will be showcased by Canonical (company behind Ubuntu) at MWC in Barcelona next week.