Canonical has not had the easiest time breaking into the smartphone market, maybe most publicly failing as it attempted to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge handset. But even with the dreams of Canonical’s own Ubuntu phone on ice, we had hope that other manufacturers might arrive to bring the platform to market, and earlier this year heard about plans to do just that with the help of OEMs like Meizu. Thing is, we haven’t seen much motion on that since, leaving us wondering if this was really going to happen at all. Well, the earlier stated goal of releasing such hardware this year may be bust, but this week Canonical and Meizu announced a new deal that will see phones go up for sale in early 2015.
The hardware will re-purpose Meizu MX-series devices, likely including the MX4 (above). These phones would run Ubuntu at their core, but apparently with some Meiuz Flyme-style UI on top. Really, we don’t have a ton of details just yet, only assurances that this collaboration is still happening, and that we should be on the lookout for hardware to hit both China and Europe in the early months of the new year.
Based on that timetable, we’d say it’s a good bet that at least some of these phones manage to surface at either CES or MWC, ready for a hands-on look.