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Meizu iPhone clone makes long-awaited debut

updated 01:25 pm EST, Wed February 18, 2009

Meizu M8 ships to stores

Chinese maker Meizu has at last officially launched the M8, a phone widely seen as an attempt to clone Apple's iPhone. Though technically already available for a short space of time, the M8 has only now left testing status, losing Wi-Fi support, likely in accordance with Chinese law. An 8GB model is selling for 2,380 yuan ($348), while a 16GB version costs 2,880 yuan ($421).

Despite using Windows Mobile the phone attempts to clone many aspects of the iPhone's interface, from the layout of its dialing and Home screens to the structure of its web browser. Hardware features a 3.4-inch, 480x720 touchscreen though, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a removable battery. Audio support adds WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE and AMR to the standard MP3 and AAC, while compatible video formats include MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD, H.264 and Flash.

The M8 suffered through an extended production period, having originally been announced shortly after the first iPhone, with an expected launch by the end of 2007. The device remained unreleased even after the debut of the iPhone 3G in 2008; Apple has, however, yet to complete a deal for a domestic Chinese product.



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  1. TheSnarkmeister

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    Ee gads...

    No wifi, Microsoft's engine, a bootlegged GUI, and Chinese quality -- and they want money for this?

    Well, they'll probably find it. As Barnum famously said, there's a fool born every day.

  1. Guest

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    Microsoft: traitor to USA

    What's going on here?

    From the news I've seen, it looks as if every iPhone clone based on Microsoft software (such as the Meizu M8) is intended for sale OUTSIDE the USA only. What does that mean for Apple? Is this some sort of sleazy trick by Microsoft to evade US laws so Apple cannot go after them? Microsoft is obviously an American company, so for an American company to be conspiring with foreign companies to steal American technology, and then sell ONLY outside the USA in order to dodge US laws, that just wreaks of a crime more heinous than patent infringement (as with the Palm Pre). Especially at a time when American jobs and income are being lost to overseas, for Microsoft to be conspiring to help ship income and jobs to Asia is especially sickening. And clearly for every one of these Asian clones sold, Microsoft gets a hefty piece of the revenues pie. The Justice department and Congress should investigate what Microsoft is doing with these iPhone clones.

  1. shawnde

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    re: Microsoft traitor

    Well, history has proven that Microsoft OWNS the Justice Department, along with many other layers of the US government, so I highly doubt they'll sue them.

    It seems that it's not that difficult to OWN the US government; you just need money, and apparently not that much !!!

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