updated 10:35 pm EST, Mon December 5, 2011
Meizu MX confirmed at last
Meizu after a long run-up confirmed the MX in its latest bid to capture the high end of the Chinese phone market. The version on show jumps from 3.5 inches to a four-inch, 640x960 display and is using a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos chip from Samsung, not the quad-core promised for later. Only traces of the original iPhone-imitating design remain, although traces of the front and the physical home button remain.
The design is Meizu's first truly international phone: it carries a five-band, 21Mbps HSPA+ chip that can run on 3G for AT&T and T-Mobile. Users get 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in the core version as well as an eight-megapixel, f2.2 aperture rear camera with 1080p video as well as an 0.3-megapixel front camera. Only Android 2.3 ships stock with minor touches like FLAC audio support, although it will get Android 4.0 relatively soon after launch.
Meizu is planning to repeat its pattern from last year and ship on New Year's Day for 2,999 yuan ($473). A quad-core version and one with 32GB will show later.
The company has had a rocky history in its relationship with Apple. It planned its original M8 phone just weeks after the original iPhone was made public with very clear attempts to copy the American design. As development time grew, however, Meizu started introducing its own interface and hardware design changes. The similarity was still such that Apple tried to block it and lost a patent challenge on a technical issue. It eventually switched to Android and started focusing on a more unique experience. [via Meizu Me]