updated 07:55 am EST, Fri November 28, 2008
Meizu M8 Unboxing
Meizu's M8 touchscreen phone will bear similarities to the iPhone in more than just the hardware design, a first look from a Chinese publication shows. Confirming the shipping-ready status of the device, the report shows both the extremely derivative design of the M8 itself but also the packaging and accessories, which mimic Apple's black box and white accessories. This includes earbuds and a USB sync cable patterned as closely as possible to the iPhone pack-ins.
The phone itself is believed to use a heavily modified Windows CE or Windows Mobile foundation with an interface again designed to be replicate Apple's own software, albeit with some conspicuous changes. The web browser in particular shadows Safari but is accompanied by a somewhat similar media player, phone dialer and on-screen keyboard.
Meizu's hardware is a partial improvement in some respects with the lack of 3G and GPS countered by a three-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, an industry standard mini-USB connector for sync and a removable battery.
The unboxed example is a review unit but should be followed by wider sales on December 8th. In a recent update, however, Meizu chief J. Wong has said the M8 would be released in at least a paid test version even without an explicit government license to use the phone on China's cellular networks.
Copyright and trademark concerns aren't expected with the initial sales regions of China or India though Apple has never publicly commented on any potential response to the phone. [via iTech News Net]