updated 10:35 am EDT, Mon September 1, 2008
Meizu M8 Video
Meizu has demonstrated a working example of its long-delayed M8 cellphone in action, courtesy of a new video posted by company founder J. Wong. The nearly four-minute clip confirms that the device closely mimics the iPhone's interface down to its home screen, media player, and photo management app; a relatively new addition seen in the software is a file browser for navigating content outside of what's immediately recognized by the touchscreen device.
The handset is still believed to have a Windows Mobile underpinning with a three-megapixel camera and as much as 8GB of permanent storage. Meizu's launch plans have repeatedly changed, however, and a firm release date is unknown.
The Chinese firm originally announced the M8 as the MiniOne shortly after the iPhone was first announced and at the time had the goal of launching the device before the end of 2007, with numerous software additions and hardware delays quickly pushing back the device's release. Meizu has never announced plans to release the M8 outside of China and is largely expected to face copyright disputes from Apple if it goes ahead with outside launches.
(Note: video is mildly unsafe for work due to content)