Will Meizu deliver the first Ubuntu phone? OS spotted on MX3

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If 2013 was the year we saw the arrival of Ubuntu software for smartphones, 2014 will be the year we get some proper Ubuntu hardware. After first getting confirmation that at least one high-end Ubuntu phone was in the works, we recently heard from the company that it’s talking to a number of additional OEMs, potentially setting the stage for the release of multiple Ubuntu-running handsets in the months to come. But just who would be creating this hardware? So far, Canonical’s been quite good about not revealing its manufacturing partners. Nothing may be certain just yet, but today we get an early indication at who one of the key players may be, upon seeing a Meizu MX3 configured to run Ubuntu Touch.

Now, the MX3 is already slightly behind the curve, launching back in September with specs that may have been more competitive in the first half of 2013, but it’s still a very capable handset. And for all we know, even if Meizu is testing Ubuntu on the MX3, by the time it comes to release anything we might get the software on the company’s next-gen hardware – like the MX4G with a 2K display.

These shots come from an official Meizu account (Flyme, you may recall, is its custom ROM), so short of Canonical saying something, this is about as confirmed as we’re going to get for the moment.

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Source: Weibo
Via: GSM Arena

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!