Chinese manufacturer Meizu has launched Ubuntu Phone, Ubuntu MX4, for developers in China. It is priced at 1799 Yuan (roughly $300) and is available immediately. This will be soon followed by the launch in Europe. Meizu plans to release the Chinese version of Ubuntu MX4 for general users by the end of this year.
This is the second Ubuntu Phone release. The first Ubuntu Phone was released by Spanish manufacturer bq in February this year. In fact, Meizu was rumored to be the first manufacturer to launch an Ubuntu Phone but it did not happen and bq Aquaris was launched as the first Ubuntu Phone ever.
While bq Aquaris is smartphone with modest specification, MX4 has a lot better specification to boast of. It is a 5.2-inch smartphone powered by an eight-core MediaTek MT6595 SoC, 2GB RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage. It also supports LTE.
As far as software side is concerned, a number of Chinese scopes are already available from the Ubuntu store including Baidu, Dianping, Weibo, Youku, Sohu and Chinese versions of the Today, Nearby and News aggregation scopes. Web apps are also available for Tmall, Taobao and QQ among others, and Sogou is working on bringing their popular Chinese input method to Ubuntu phones.
Earlier, I had mentioned in the reasons to not buy Ubuntu Phone that the true capability of Ubuntu Phone OS will be determined by Meizu MX4 and not bq Aquaris. Guess, we’ll have to wait till the end of the year to find it out.