Meizu MX4 seen running Ubuntu Touch! Could other Mediatek phones follow?

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Meizu have been showing Ubuntu Touch of on their phones since earlier this year, now the Meizu MX4 has shown up running the system.

At the start of this year, Meizu and Canonical, began showing off the Meizu MX3 running Ubuntu Touch as an alternate OS for the Chinese smartphone. We saw Ubuntu at MWC and CES, but still there hasn’t been an official timetable on when fans of the phone can download and use if for themselves.

Time has trickled along so quickly that Meizu’s MX4 has launched requiring Canonical to begin developing Ubuntu for the Mediatek powered Meizu MX4, and here it is!

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This first photo shows the Meizu MX4 running Ubuntu on the Mediatek powered phone, with an apparent launch date of around December.

We highly doubt that Ubuntu for the new Meizu will be ready so soon after launch, but the fact that Canonical have got Ubuntu Touch on the Mediatek MT6595 chipset, could open the doors to other smartphone makers across China to do something similar.

What do you think of the possibility of Ubuntu touch on Mediatek Chinese smartphones?

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  1. Chico Migraña
    October 5, 2014

    Will be compatible with Android app? Or is another world?

    • balcobomber25
      October 5, 2014

      There are App emulators for Linux and with the release of Android Apps (select few) for Chrome OS it is becoming more of a possibility. But the performance of said apps isn’t the greatest.

    • Jodie Robinson
      October 6, 2014

      Is another world.

  2. Bogdan Pyzh
    October 5, 2014

    I can’t wait for the ubuntu touch. I am tired of android and the new iPhones are too expensive

    • Cuerex
      October 5, 2014

      checkout sailfish OS aswell 🙂

      • Grochu
        October 10, 2014

        Well, Sailfish still has very limited availability- it’s available on one not-so-great phone.

        And Jolla (ex-Nokia employees) have REALLY BAD marketing and PR, just like Nokia had with Maemo and MeeGo devices. 30 euros for a silly backplate, really?!

        With that attitude they will end just like Nokia’s Maemo and MeeGo departments…

  3. balcobomber25
    October 5, 2014

    I use Ubuntu on my Macbook but not sure I would want it on my phone.

    • October 5, 2014

      I would love to have a phone that was powerful enough to run Ubuntu in phone mode normally, and “desktop” mode when you plugged it into a docking station. I think that was the idea behind Ubuntu for Android, and I still like the concept.

      The next generation of 64-bit devices using USB Type-C connections will definitely be capable of doing this. It’s one of the reasons that I’m a proponent of 4K displays on phones. 😉

      • alee3519
        October 6, 2014

        They tried to do that with the Ubuntu Edge. Search it up on indiegogo. It was like the best thing anyone ever came up with

  4. Shiva Sharma
    October 5, 2014


  5. October 5, 2014

    Will it be actual Ubuntu Touch, or will it be the own OS ported over Ubuntu instead of Android???

  6. Kingu Prima
    October 5, 2014

    Is Android L coming to the MX4 ?

  7. October 6, 2014

    The picture is showing a MX3, not 4. Look at the bezels.