Canonical has been promising Ubuntu for mobile devices for as far back as we can remember, even releasing limited ROMs for installation on select Android devices. As far as commercial devices with the OS pre-loaded? Last week BQ and Canonical brought the world (well, Europe at least…) the first Ubuntu phone, a modified Aquaris E4.5. Now it seems that Meizu is finally getting in the game as well.

While we’ve known that Meizu was working with Canonical for a long while now, this morning we received word from the Chinese OEM that it will be introducing the Meizu MX4 “Ubuntu Edition” at MWC. Unlike the low-end Aquaris, the MX4 packs reasonably decent specs including a 5.36-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 20.7MP camera with dual LED, and Flyme 4.0 OS (based on KitKat).

We can’t say for sure if the MX4 Ubuntu Edition will feature any changes to the spec sheet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it remains largely the same device with the exception of the OS. No details on pricing just yet either, though you can probably expect pricing similar to the Android variant, which is currently offered for around $350 on Amazon.

We’ll be on the floor at MWC and will bring you more details about the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition as we learn them. What do you think, interested in the idea of a mid-range Ubuntu-powered device or is the effort doomed from the start? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • This thing looks like an identical twin to the iPhone 6.

    • wat

      Came out before the iPhone 6, didn’t it?

      • No clue, I don’t care about Chinese phone makers, I just wanted to point out that it looks like the 6’s twin

        • wat

          Ah, so you mean the iPhone 6 looks like an identical twin to the Meizu MX4.

  • playingwithplato

    Why do we want an O.S. running on top of another O S. again?

    • David Bowline

      Where did you get that idea? Ubuntu is Linux based, just like android.

      • Kanoosh

        i think because the article points out that the phone will be running the Flym OS , but its talking about the original MX4 not the ubuntu edition..Just a common misunderstanding.

  • Guest

    Why are all phones nowadays look so similar.

  • Wayne Peterkin


    • Gaspar Inostroza Perez

      I know right, it’s like AMD for PCs.. Although I’ve never had an AMD processor. Or Mediatek for that matter. I will shut up now.

      • Wayne Peterkin

        Lol, AMD is decent at certain price points.

      • Guest

        AMD is used in XBOX ONE and PS4 …… AMD is not any more less then Intel.

      • Guest

        AMD is not any more worse then Intel.

      • robson82

        AMD is used in XBOX ONE and PS4. AMD is not any more worse then Intel.

      • OJ Edwards

        Nah, you’re right. AMD sucks terribly on budget computers compared to Intel.

      • pipis

        AMD processors used to be great and be able to compete with INTEL, many years ago…Now, I believe you can get much bang for buck with Intel, even at a bit higher price point – this statement coming from someone who uses a Phenom X4 955 at the moment…
        To be honest, my next purchase will be an Intel i-whatever, more future-proof in my opinion, especially with the road that Intel is taking with Broadwell and Skylake and whatever comes next…

  • I just wonder if it’ll support Video Output and configure it as a Ubuntu Desktop, which has been the best thing I’ve liked from Ubuntu OS fro phones

  • Lovely lovely. Happy to see more Ubuntu powered phones coming out. Now, the porting!

  • MasterMuffin

    There’s no point in buying an Ubuntu phone unless they make it so that you can plug it into a screen and have full Ubuntu, like they promised some time ago.

  • Sold! I like the somewhat higher specs, and would prefer a pre-loaded second device rather than dual-booting my Nexus 4. Hope I can acquire one directly from the USA!

  • Kirithor

    Meizu to show off the i̶̶P̶̶h̶̶o̶̶n̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶6̶ MX4 Ubuntu Edition at MWC – Andrew when he was writing this article

    • wat

      Only because noone follows Chinese OEMs. The Meizu MX4 was out before the iPhone 6.

  • Degus Jacoby Pradana

    When this phone came out and have design similar w ip6 no one bats eye but when S6 had leaks and rumour photo look the same w ip6 everybody loses their mind, better watch 9gag than this site

  • pipis

    Why is this phone considered a “reasonably decent” phone with all these specs?? I don’t know really know about mobile cpu-gpus, is it the same case as with Intel and AMD?? Because to me, these specs seem incredible, at least on paper…

  • crutchcorn

    I seriously love Ubuntu when it comes to this. Just saw their demo and how Mir handles (although UGH friggin Mir.. Y U NO WAYLAND and just make compositor or something???) and I simply have to say that this is the future.

  • Konstantinos

    MediaTek MT6595 is not bad at all, in fact it is a beast of a processor.
    Look at the benchmarks. It even beats the Top SoC from nVidia K1 on
    Geekbench. The cortex A17 is as strong as the previous cortex A15 but
    much more power efficient.
    nvidia K1 on Shield:

    I can’t wait to get the MX4 with Ubuntu! :-)

    • Karly Johnston

      The problem with MTK is power consumption and graphics, not cpu speed.