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MWC 2015 | Meizu is preparing MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition will be presented at MWC 2015
Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition will be presented at MWC 2015
Unlike most previous Ubuntu smartphones, Meizu's MX4 Ubuntu Edition is packed with flagship-tier hardware.

Canonical's collaboration with various manufacturers is bringing visible results. The Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is reportedly planning to showcase an Ubuntu-powered MX4 at the MWC 2015 exhibition. It is a considerably more advanced device than the Aquaris E4.5 which started selling in Europe for €170 last week, but with a price to match: the Android version of the MX4 is currently priced at $350 on Amazon, and there's no reason the Ubuntu variant should cost less.

However, for this price the buyers get a 5.36-inch Full HD IPS display, an 8-core MediaTek MT6595 SoC with 2 GB of RAM, LTE support and a 20.7 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash. That's roughly on par with the previous generation of Sony, Samsung and HTC flagships, but some other specs such as Wi-Fi (no 5 GHz, no 802.11ac) lag behind, and there's no microSD card slot. A 3100 mAh non-removable battery powers the phone. We are assuming Meizu won't change the specifications for the MX4's Ubuntu version - should they do so, it will be clarified during the official presentation at MWC, as will the availability and exact pricing.


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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-02-26 (Update: 2015-02-27)