Hello Linux Geeksters. As a reminder, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical has signed with their first hardware partner (which is currently unknown), in order to release smartphones with Ubuntu Touch pre-installed, a while ago.
According to this Reddit post, it looks like Meizu, a chinese mobile phone manufacturer will release create the first Ubuntu Touch-powered smartphone. Until now, Canonical remained quiet about this, so we can’t know anything for sure yet.
There are rumors that Meizu will present the Meizu MX3 running both Android and Ubuntu Touch, at CES 2014, in Las Vegas.
The hardware specifications of Meizu MX3:
- 5.1 inch Shart display with Full HD resolution
- 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 5410 CPU
- 2 GB of RAM, 128 GB internal storage
- 8 MPX rear camera with LED flash and 2 MPX front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and WiFi
For those who don’t know, Ubuntu Touch is officially supported only on the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, despite the fact that it has been experimenally ported on OPPO Find 5, Pantech Vega Iron, Xperia Tablet Z and many other phones/tablets. The first stable version of Ubuntu Touch, based on Ubuntu 13.10, has been officially optimized to work on LG Nexus 4, but it is not mature enough to compete with Android yet. After the latest Mir updates, Ubuntu Touch can be successfully installed on all the existing Google Nexus devices: LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, except Nexus 5.