Today’s mobile OS duopoly doesn’t do anyone any good, except for Apple and Google obviously, and even iOS and Android’s most hardcore fans would probably welcome competition from a strong third platform.

Unfortunately, Windows continues to struggle with system instability, adoption and OEM skepticism, while Tizen remains a Samsung afterthought. BlackBerry OS is pretty much dead and buried, no matter what the Canadians claim, and Ubuntu lacks more hardware-making partners like Meizu.

Even Meizu could do a better job loading up Canonical’s Linux-based software on its flagship devices, as the PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition will go up for pre-order during MWC 2016 next week. That’s a whole five months on the heels of the Android variant’s introduction in China, and naturally, the phone’s specs have started to deteriorate in the meantime.

Still, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is billed as the “highest specification Ubuntu phone” ever, as well as “one of the highest spec smartphones on the market.” Like the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5, it uses an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor for raw power, doubled by 3GB RAM for smooth multitasking.

The large 5.7-inch AMOLED screen is clearly not the sharpest in the world, but it’s sharp enough, at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, with a decent 3,050 mAh battery in charge of keeping the lights on, and 32GB expandable storage space.

The 21.16 MP rear-facing camera with phase laser-assisted focusing sounds like a key selling point, and the PRO 5 is quite the looker too, thanks chiefly to a wasp 7.5mm waist. It remains to be seen if people will support its work-in-progress OS, which may depend on the as-yet unannounced global price.

Source: Ubuntu Insights

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