China gets the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition for 1799 Yuan


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Today, Meizu in China have announced that the Ubuntu Meizu MX4 will cost 1799 Yuan and will be up for sale shortly!

Last week we reported that Meizu would release the much-anticipated Ubuntu Meizu MX4 today, and just like clockwork this is exactly what has happend. So far only the Chinese Meizu website is showing the launch announcement but we believe that Meizu international will also announced the same news later today on Facebook.

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu edition is a joint effort between Meizu and Canonical and the first Meizu phone to run a Ubuntu and available to the public. The MX3 also had an Ubuntu model but it was never released for sale.

Specs for the Ubuntu MX4 are the same as the Android version with Mediatek MT6595 chipset, LTE, 20.7 mega-pixel camera, and 1080p display. Below is our hands on video with the phone from MWC earlier this year.

Thanks to Cngdgt for the tip!

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20 Comments

  1. DeMichaelis
    May 18, 2015

    maybe they change the supported FDD LTE bands ?

    • balcobomber25
      May 18, 2015

      I would be surprised if they did. In all reality this is the same exact MX4 with different software.

  2. MaxPower
    May 18, 2015

    I’ve been using Ubuntu since Feisty Fawn, but I really don’t feel the necessity to switch to Linux on a phone. I have no complains about Android at all.
    But this is a good news, more choices-better life. Good job Meizu.

    • Xiaolu
      May 18, 2015

      I’d love to see a better OS in terms of stability, usage (UI), and my guess is that Ubuntu (among others) could be that. Not to mention full convergence in your palm (would be GREAT for me, at least). Cross my fingers!

    • balcobomber25
      May 18, 2015

      I got a late start to Ubuntu, didn’t start using it till Precise Pangolin. My entry into the Linux world was around 2000/01 when Windows ME was released and was a complete disaster. I started out with Red Hat Linux then Fedora and then eventually decided to try out Ubuntu.

      Now that the history lesson is over lol I love the idea of a Ubuntu phone for business. For my personal life it would be nothing more than a fun toy but for work I would seriously consider it as we use Ubuntu in the office.

      • MaxPower
        May 18, 2015

        Yes, now that you’re saying it I agree that for business purposes is not bad at all. Kinda BlackBerry 2.0.

        • balcobomber25
          May 18, 2015

          Exactly! Speaking of them I was actually shocked at how many businesses in Asia still use Blackberries.

          • MaxPower
            May 18, 2015

            My wife got one from work, she was so pissed because a month later the company switched to iPhones.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              May 18, 2015

              Somehow I respect more & more your wife. ?

            • balcobomber25
              May 18, 2015

              Yea a lot of people I know back in the states their offices switched to either Iphones or Sammys.

          • MaxPower
            May 18, 2015

            I’ve seen many in UK too, die hard!

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      May 18, 2015

      I have much complains about Android from that it’s not really free or open & will never be completely to that it’s drifting far from kernel main line & lagging far behind. Google did much concessions to make Android popular & leading that led to performance & compatibility problems (with mainline). Truth they are trying to address most of these problems & with new version of ART (one that will be present in 6.0) & with finally patched & addressed memory leaking with new memory allocator they will even have some crucial advantages over iOS.

      I probably just like idea of good written core apps that are precompiled & idea of transforming my phone in to full blown desktop Ubuntu even all of that will take more time.

  3. Xiaolu
    May 18, 2015

    Andi, I know you’re in for a review, just in case: please, give it a try!

    My only rant is that 16 gigs seem to small (apart from, this 6595 is a beast… but still 32 bits).

    What about WeChat, QQ, Taobao & 支付宝-Zhifubao, and all Chinese software and payment platforms (Bank of China, etc.). This can be a big deal for people living in China and foreigners (after all, you can take advantage of all this Chinese apps and stuff and then use VPN for the rest).

    I can’t wait for your opinion!!!

    • Tauseef Ahmed
      May 18, 2015

      There are many reasons for which Ubuntu became one of the frequently adopted open-source platforms; yet, cost-effectiveness is on the top of them all. Yes! Ubuntu doesn’t comprise any charges; it is free graphical user interface.

    • Chris
      May 18, 2015

      I dont really see the point of looking down on 6595 for being 32 bit. 64bit architecture provides little benefit in real world smartphone applications.
      Those new A53 cores in a 6752 still dont beat the ancient A9 cores (used in a galaxy S2 as dualcore and S3 as quadcore) in terms of performance per core for example, they’re just more power efficient.

      • Lazar Prodanovic
        May 18, 2015

        If you look some of the tests you will see how A53s even beat Krait cores MHz/MHz (look at physics scores @ 3D Mark). DMIPS number don’t mean much if the cortex is not fed good. A9’s ware something hard to beat but A53’s do that on all fronts from performance over to consumption to capabilities (64 bit & Crypto).

  4. Miko
    May 18, 2015

    Except the fact that it was released yesterday and not today but anyways…

  5. intruda
    May 18, 2015

    5 years late.

    Any apps for Ubuntu?

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      May 18, 2015

      It can turn another way around. Ubuntu phone could get some of the best open source stuck apps that Android will probably never see & I mean productivity apps + I don’t see a reason not to enable Android apps on Ubuntu phone.

  6. Zubair Hussain Khan
    June 6, 2017

    wow beautiful phone.