I knew this was about to happen, and frankly I’ve been waiting for it. As the title of this post would suggest, Ubuntu Mobile has started making appearances. I really hope this OS ends up being big – God only knows the competition for phone Operating Systems is getting a bit stale. Also, Ubuntu Mobile promised some really large things in the past, and I’m honestly looking forward to see if they will deliver on those promises or not.
Meizu, a manufacturer that’s pretty popular in some areas but pretty unheard of in others, has just started leaking several shots of what appears to be the Meizu MX3 running on the Ubuntu OS. The photos were released by Meizu’s official account on a Chinese social networking site. If you remember ( if not, here’s the post ), Canonical did say they had found a partner to help turn their Ubuntu OS from a very tricky to install aftermarket choice, to a full-fledged out-of-the-box OS. They also hinted at finding a potential hardware partner, but were reluctant to drop a name.
The Meizu MX3 was released this past October and it was running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Meizu’s own Flyme OS UX put over it. It was equipped with an octa-core Exynos 5410 chipset with four 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 cores ( frankly I find it a bit weird calling it octa-core, as I’m pretty positive it doesn’t run ALL of them at the same time, but rather in groups of fours ). Anyway, back to the matter at hand: the models came in various memories – 16 to 128 GB, but all non-expandable. The phone also had some decent memory ( 2 GB to be more exact ) and a sharp 8 MP shooter.
Considering the fact that Meizu already has the hardware ( most of it, anyway ) covered, it wouldn’t necessarily be so much of a risk for them to see how an Ubuntu device would play out. The MX3 was able to score decent ( close to flagship-grade, actually ) results in all dedicated benchmarks, so it looks like the first “real” Ubuntu phone started its journey on the right foot and may even have a real fighting chance.
Again, here’s hoping it ends up rocking this mobile world – I’m all for diversity and freedom of choice between all things.