Ubuntu & Meizu Will Launch A New Handset (PRO 5?) At MWC

February 17, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Meizu is one of the fastest-growing smartphone manufacturers in the world at the moment. The company has managed to ship out 20 million smartphones last year, which is significantly more compared to a year before when they managed to sell ‘only’ 4.4 million units. Meizu has introduced a number of compelling Android-powered devices last year, and it seems like yet another Ubuntu-powered handset will arrive soon, read on.

Ubuntu has released a teaser on their official Twitter page, through which they basically confirmed that they will launch a new product in collaboration with Meizu. The teaser says that the launch will happen on February 22nd in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress (MWC). Now, we basically know what’s coming, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu variant has been rumored to launch for quite some time now, and that’s almost certainly the device that we’ll see showcased by Canonical and Meizu. The Ubuntu-powered Meizu PRO 5 has even leaked out earlier this month, in case you missed that. There is a slim chance these two companies might re-release the Meizu MX5 instead of the PRO 5, we’ll see. Now, this device will be completely identical to the Android version in terms of hardware, but it will sport a completely different software provided by Canonical, Ubuntu Touch. This won’t be the first handset these two companies have released together, the Ubuntu version of Meizu MX4 was introduced in December 2014.

The Meizu PRO 5 features a 5.7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, 3 / 4GB of RAM and 32 / 64GB of expandable internal storage. We’re still not sure if all these variants will be available in the Ubuntu variant, we’ll just have to wait and see. This phablet is fueled by the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core SoC, and a 3,050mAh non-removable battery is also a part of the package. The 21-megapixel shooter is placed on the back of this phone, and a 5-megapixel shooter is placed up front. This phone also offers dual SIM functionality, and supports 4G LTE as well, while it is made out of metal. The device measures 156.7 x 78 x 7.5mm, and it weighs 168 grams.