updated 10:45 am EST, Sat January 23, 2010
Meizu chief gives early M9 details
Meizu chief J. Wong today told fans through a forum post of early details for the M8's sequel, tentatively named the M9. The early Chinese iPhone clone's new model should be slightly thinner and taller but will be more notable for its performance; it should carry a 1GHz ARM processor made by Samsung as well as 512MB of RAM. Previously hinted-at 3G is not only expected but should reach WCDMA networks (via HSPA), CDMA (EVDO) and TD-SCDMA at the same time, covering both China and and the world.
The MeizuMe-translated specs point to the display being fairly large at 3.6 inches and sharp at 720x480. A 5-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi would fill out the other core features. Wong hasn't said when the M9 will arrive, but when talking about a 3G-capable phone in the past he had mentioned a six-month gap between now and launch.
The M8 drew controversy in early 2007 when it was initially pitched as a close copy of the then-unreleased original iPhone. Numerous delays pushed its release to late 2008, but the Windows CE-based device gradually evolved to have its own unique interface elements in addition to borrowing from Apple and eventually Android. It sells in a number of other countries beyond China but has never directly sold to the US due to self-evident copyright issues.