Meizu teases its upcoming device, the Blue Charm Note featuring an octa-core processor

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a budget smartphone with an octa-core processor and 5.5-inch 720p display, which is set to be launched in the Chinese market tomorrow, March 26, with a price tag of $130. Hearing this news, its competitor, Meizu, has posted the above teaser image of its upcoming handset called the Blue Charm Note which sports an octacore processor as well.

The teaser image reveals the specs of the device as well. It will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p display (compared to Redmi Note’s 720p display), octacore MT6592 processor, 8 mega-pixel camera and Flyme 3.0. While the device has a lower camera sensor compared to Redmi Note’s 13 MP camera, the company says that its own camera will take better photos because of the optimizations they made. As for the price, it has been blurred but according to past rumors, the price will lie in 1000 Yuan ($161) range.

Source: Gizchina

Meizu MX4 to launch in Paris on March 6th

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Meizu has begun sending out invitations to an event scheduled for March 6th in Paris. While the invitation doesn’t give specifics on the event, the speculation is that the MX4 will be released.

We don’t know exactly what the device will feature, but it will likely either use the Snapdragon 801 processor or one of Samsung’s chips.

Many people are also hoping to find out about Meizu’s global plans, and considering the event is being help in Paris, they may announce plans to start selling devices in Europe.

Source: Into Mobile

Meizu MX3 to run Ubuntu as well as Android 4.2.2

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Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.

How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.  

The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.

Source: Phone Arena

Hands on with the Meizu MX3 at CES 2014

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Meizu recently announced that they were ready to take their next step in entering the U.S. market by making an appearance at CES 2014 with some of their devices. We caught up with them on the floor of CES 2014 and got to spend a couple minutes checking out the Meizu MX3 smartphone. The flagship device comes loaded with an Exynos octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5.1-inch 1080p display. Meizu has Android 4.2 running on the device with their Flyme UI on top of that.

Meizu says the MX3 will not be the actual phone for the manufacturers U.S. debut. A device with even better hardware and support for 4G LTE is expected some time in the third quarter of 2014. The Meizu MX3 does give potential customers an idea of what might be possible though.

You can check out our hands on video after the break while checking out our CES 2014 coverage here on TalkAndroid. » Read the rest

Meizu MX4 will have two versions, the Pro will sport a 2K display and the other 1080p

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Meizu CEO Jack Wong posted in the Meizu forums that the MX4 will have 2 versions. The Pro version will sport a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1536 (15:9) display. They will also offer a more economical version that includes a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display. It will also have an octa-core MediaTek processor. Unfortunately, we don’t know what processor the Pro version will have. Another added speculation is that at least one of the models will sport a Lytro camera, which would be an Android first.

Meizu announced plans to offer their phones in the U.S. in 2014, and we assume MX4 will be on the list.

source: GizChina

Meizu targeting 2014 U.S. launch, will showcase devices at CES next month

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In a very brief press release issued this afternoon, Chinese manufacturer Meizu announced that they are targeting their United States launch to be next year. In doing so, they will preview a new line of smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.

Why is Meizu entering the United States? Because they feel they can bring together elegance, functionality, and price in a smartphone. For now, we do not know what carriers Meizu plans on working with. We’ll be there to get a hands on experience with whatever Meizu has up its sleeve. » Read the rest

Meizu CEO hints at a 5.5″ 2560×1536 smartphone display

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If you thought the smartphone industry would be content with just 1080p screens on device… well, you must be new here. According to some remarks from Meizu’s CEO J. Wong, his company may or may not be working on a 5.5″ display with a 2560 x 1536 resolution. That’s over 500 PPI, which is just insane, and slightly higher resolution than Vivo’s XPlay 3s. Wong hopes we’ll see the screen in one of Meizu’s flagship devices, the MX4G, sometime next year.

source: Ctech

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Meizu releases first ever 128 GB smartphone in China

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Meizu is now offering a version of their MX3 smartphone that features an incredible 128 GB of internal storage. This is the world’s first smartphone to ever feature that much space for users, so it’s a pretty impressive feat. Unfortunately, the 128 GB configuration is only available in the TD-SCDMA variant of the device, which means it’s designed specifically for Chinese networks. You can use it in other countries, but you’ll be stuck on 2G GSM, and that’s probably not something you’d be interested in. Still, there’s hope that Meizu will offer that much space in some of the other variants of the MX3 so it can be used internationally.

source: Engadget

Meizu MX3 to get Exynos HMP update via upgrade

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Yesterday we reported on Samsung’s move to enable full, simultaneous use of all eight cores on an Exynos 5420 Octa processor thanks to a new method called Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP). Meizu just announced they will be adding this capability to their Meizu MX3 devices, including existing devices. The obvious implication of this announcement is that the HMP code can be added to and implemented on the Exynos 5420 Octa through some type of software update, whether it is a kernel or driver update.

A few questions now exist regarding the HMP process. First, will other manufacturers utilizing the same chip in their devices be able to pursue the same strategy of deploying some type of software update to enable HMP on their existing devices? Second, while we have seen a little bit of what HMP can do for performance, what will be the impact on things like battery life and heat management? Third, could HMP be deployed to other Exynos octa-core processors?

source: GizChina