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Meizu M9 launches to iPhone-level lines

updated 04:35 pm EST, Sat January 1, 2011

Meizu M9 launch queues reach hundreds

Meizu kicked off the new year by launching the M9 on a wider scale in its native China. Reports and photos from Meizu stores in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen showed lineups that would typically be reserved for Apple launches in Europe and North America, with queues reaching into hundreds or thousands. Some were known to have cued as early as 8PM the night before.

In contrast, photos of third-party iPhone resellers showed a much quieter scene, although these don't necessarily reflect Apple's sales rate. It has continued to sell out in the country but usually sees most of its activity at China's few Apple stores in Beijing and Shanghai, with resellers only getting a smaller amount. Apple also sells the iPhone 3GS directly online but has had to hold off on similar behavior for the iPhone 4 due to gray market resellers snapping up phones that would otherwise go to end buyers.

The turnout versus the M8 isn't currently possible to quantify but has garnered much more attention than in the past. Meizu has been a relatively successful brand in China but may have been hurt by its decision to base the M8 on a heavily customized Windows CE. Early adopters have credited the M9's popularity to not just upgraded hardware but a decision to switch to the much more advanced Android 2.2.

Apple has routinely accused Meizu of copying its ideas and may have tried to prevent the M9 launch by arguing it was too similar to the iPhone. The M8 was originally designed to imitate the iPhone, and both it and the M9 have similar interface elements. However, Meizu's American rival may have lost any alternative but to compete on features as a patent challenge may have given the Chinese firm safe harbor for at least its hardware design.

By Electronista Staff


  1. SockRolid

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    90% of them were scalpers

    Because they know there won't be any gray market imports from England.

  1. mullum

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    comment title

    "cued" ? haha, this must be one of those "monkey & a typewriter" articles...

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Real unbiased reporting....

    Comparing the launch of a clone phone with a rabid following, to an Apple store where nothing special is going on (i.e. no launch).

    Similarly, when iPhone 4 launched, there *were* huge lines, numbering in the thousands, in front of Apple Store:

    I guess reporting the truth wouldn't make for such sensationalism, now would it (it would also be counter MacNN standards)

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  1. facebook_Jeff

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    No dumbass. When people are "qued" up that means they are in a line. How about learning about other nationalities and their take on words instead of being such a git. Which means a$$ 'cause you probably didn't know that either....

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Copy Different?

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    actually they stole Microsofts ideas

    The lines were all generated because someone spread a rumor there would be Maroon 5 concert tickets.

  1. devopro

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    Misleading pictures

    Actually, the M9 was released on New Year's day which is a big shopping day here in China. While you can see people flooding in the Meizu shop, they were also flooding every other singe shop in most cities, looking for discounts and bargains- even the public toilets had long waiting lines on Jan. 1st.

    only ONE of the pictures if actually from a Meizu shop. The others are from electronics malls (including the high angel shot of the long line. Inside that building you would find dozens of small shops all packed together. There's a good chunk of people who wait in those lines here that do not buy in the end or they are scalpers who resale on sites like taoabo (you should see ikea when they have a clearance day here).
    A friend of mine spent all of Jan. 1st waiting in line to get an iPhone 4 at China unicom (in Nanjing)
    All the M8 did was push people to get an iphone once they realized how crappy they were. Everyone i know who bought an M8, switched to an iphone when they saw the difference.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    it's dumb to see people waiting in long lines for a phone.

  1. yticolev

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    Re: Wrong

    "No dumbass. When people are "qued" up that means they are in a line. How about learning about other nationalities and their take on words instead of being such a git. Which means a$$ 'cause you probably didn't know that either...."

    Jeez, you are both fitting of that description. The spelling is "queued" and it is spelled correctly in the title. It is an English word, and used in the United States, but is used with greater frequency in the British Commonwealth countries, current and former members.

  1. vasic

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    Quote from the article

    "Some were known to have cued as early as 8PM the night before."

    It is clearly misspelt (should have ben queued, instead of cued).

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