Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Phone goes on sale

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu

Meizu’s MX4 smartphone running Ubuntu has finally gone on sale in China. After it was announced and demoed at the recent MWC 2015, it was expected that the MX4 would be released immediately. After what seemed like an eternity, Meizu finally released the phone on their website priced at ¥1799 (more or less $300). The phone is currently available only in a 16GB version in either gold or silver.

Main Specifications:

  • 8 Core CPU
  • 5.36″ 1920 x 1152 Display
  • 20.7 Megapixel camera

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Phone is currently only available in China and not yet published on Meizu’s English version website. The phone is expected to go on sale in Europe soon.

Visit meizu.com (in Chinese) for more information.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusby feather

Ubuntu hardware in 2015

Ubuntu has always been about software, specifically operating systems for desktop and server use. There’s been the odd laptop or desktop that popped up with Ubuntu pre-installed but that’s generally been a once-off exercise by an OEM.

2015 however has so far been a really spectacular year for Ubuntu hardware. Ubuntu is now available on, desktops, laptops and phones. It’s not available in all countries and across as wide a range of hardware as it’s Windows counterparts but the list of Ubuntu hardware is growing.

Dell and HP are huge OEM’s for desktops and laptops and have released Continue reading

facebooktwittergoogle_plusby feather

Ubuntu 15.10 “Wily Werewolf” announced

Ubuntu Logo

Mark Shuttleworth recently announced on his blog that Ubuntu 15.10 will be codenamed “Wily Werewolf”.

wolf

This is quite a fitting name since this is the version of Ubuntu that will finally bring the much talked about convergence in personal computing. He mentioned in a recent keynote that a phone will be released this year that will give users a pocket PC experience. He also confirmed that WhatsApp will become available on Ubuntu Touch.

This is great news for Ubuntu Touch and should finally realise some of the potential of the Ubuntu Edge device that was announced in 2013.

The shape changing Wily Werewolf is less than 6 months away. Until then, we will have to watch Mark’s keynote video and wait for a beta release. Stay tuned as more info becomes available over the next few months.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusby feather

Two of my favourite Ubuntu Phone apps

Even though the new Ubuntu Phone went on sale just a few days ago, the Ubuntu App Store has several apps that are essential for most smartphone users. I’ve mentioned Telegram before and won’t go into further detail except to mention that it’s still my most used app on Ubuntu. I recently ran into two free apps that I think are worthy of mention. Continue reading

facebooktwittergoogle_plusby feather

Meizu MX4: Next Ubuntu Phone?

The long awaited Ubuntu Phone was recently released using the BQ Aquarius 4.5 as a hardware base. Even though the BQ Aquarius 4.5 Ubuntu Phone was released at a very reasonable price point, it remains a mid-range smartphone at best. The question now is when will a flagship Ubuntu Phone be released? There’s lots of speculation that the next model in the Ubuntu Phone range will be   Continue reading

facebooktwittergoogle_plusby feather

Ubuntu Phone goes on sale

The new Ubuntu Phone went on sale today via bq.com. It was the first of several flash sales which sees the new Ubuntu handset being sold to the public in small quantities for €169.90.

bq 4_5

The phone is listed at bq.com and will be available for sale again when the next flash sale pops up. The bad news is that it’s only available in Europe. Meizu should be releasing the MX4 Ubuntu Phone soon which may be internationally available. I’m really hoping that Meizu release the MX4 Ubuntu Phone for international customers and ship to South Africa. If that happens, i’ll be one of the first customers in the order queue!

facebooktwittergoogle_plusby feather