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Meizu CEO: Apple VP flew to China over M8 dispute

updated 08:10 pm EST, Wed November 24, 2010

M9 now to run Android, but still copying Apple

Meizu CEO Jack Wong, in an online chat, has claimed that Apple sent a vice president to meet with the company over the M8, Meizu's previous attempt to capitalize on Apple's success in China. After Apple successfully halted sales of the M8, the company announced that their latest model, the M9, would move to an Android platform and customize the OS to differentiate itself more from Apple's products, while still borrowing from Apple for the hardware design.

"Apple going back and forth [on negotiations with Meizu over the M8] made me angry, but I was even more mad at the media saying that I'm doing this as a PR trick," said Wong in (translated) remarks, responding to a question about Apple's role in stopping the M8. "The government of Zhuhai has helped us take this issue to the Provincial IP Office in Guangzhou to discuss with issue with Apple," he added, but didn't actually address the question directly or name the vice president Apple allegedly sent.

The M9 is expected to go on sale in China in mid-December running a customized version of Android v2.2.

Apple's recent patent awards on the hardware design of the iPhone 4 and iPad may further hinder Meizu if they intend to continue mimicking Apple's hardware designs, but Wong seems confident that the M9 will be successful -- although his response to a questioner about the lack of TV ads was translated to "Little child, we barely have money to produce the Meizu M9. How about we increase the price of the M9 by several hundred [Yuan] so you can support our TV ads?" [via MeizuMe]

By Electronista Staff
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  1. imactheknife

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    Joined: Jul 2003


    Who buys this junk?

    Has anyone ever bought these garbage rip off's from china and haven't regretted the purchase? Who knows what ill effects they may cause and they might have mercury paint on them too.

  1. devopro

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    Joined: Nov 2010



    The M8 is an incredibly slow phone and is not in the same category here as the iphone. It's not much better than the fake iphones they sell on the street. the only thing the M8 did in China was make people curious about the iphone. I'm sure the M9 will be just as junky as the M8.
    I've only ever seen 2 people with an M8 in Nanjing, but now the iphone 4 is EVERYWHERE- uni students, construction workers, the elderly and hot moms all use the iphone 4.

  1. facebook_Steve

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    Joined: Nov 2010


    Poor substitue

    Most people still prefer real Apple products, even here in China.


  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Google should sue them

    for stealing their OS.

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