Chinese smartphone brand Meizu has taken Canonical's Ubuntu to its MX4 smartphone, and the device is now up for purchase in China.
According to a PhoneArena report, that quotes an official Meizu listing, the MX4 Ubuntu Edition is up for purchase in China for CN¥ 1,799 (£184, $290) which indicates a potential release of the handset in other countries as well.
The USP of the Ubuntu-driven Meizu MX4 should be the Ubuntu Touch that is implemented on top of the Meizu Flyme operating platform.
Ubuntu Touch brings across a uniform kernel and base application set, both of which yield a cross-application platform.
The cross-platform support promises a uniform user experience on both large-screen desktop devices as well as smaller display-clad mobile devices.
So, in theory, Ubuntu Touch should allow for apps to run on larger screens, after being launched from a future smartphone (likely Meizu's MX4 device).
Once official, the above aspect should add a touch of greater functionality to Meizu's MX4, in comparison to conventional Android and iOS devices.
Key technical specifications of Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition:
The key hardware aspects of Meizu Ubuntu-powered MX4 are similar to that of the already existing Flyme 4.0 OS driven MX4, which are:
- 5.36in display, with 1920 x1152 resolution, enclosed in Gorilla Glass 3
- Octa-core MediaTek 6595 chipset
- 20.7MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage variants (out of which, the 16GB and 32GB are currently up for pre-ordering)
- 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity.