CHINESE SMARTPHONE MAKER Meizu has unveiled the highest-spec Ubuntu smartphone yet ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
The Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition will be available to pre-order in the UK next week, and looks to take on big-name competitors with a 5.7in Full HD AMOLED display and octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, the same found inside last year's Galaxy S6. This chip comes with 3GB of LPDD4R RAM in the 32GB version of the Meizu PRO 5, or 4GB if you opt for the higher capacity 64GB model.
The smartphone is similar in design to the iPhone 6S with a polished metal case available in Apple-esque gold, silver and grey colour options.
There's a fingerprint sensor in the front-facing home button, a 21MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a USB Type-C connector and a 3,050mAh battery with fast charging support. This means that the phone can be charged to 65 percent capacity in just half an hour, according to Meizu.
Canonical, unsurprisingly, has been keen to big-up the smartphone's software, as the Meizu PRO 5 ships with the latest version of the firm's Ubuntu operating system onboard. This version brings new Scopes features including smoother refreshing and improved interactive features and, along with functionality that sees the smartphone following in the footsteps of the recently announced BQ Aquaris M10 tablet with its ability to transform into a fully-fledged PC.
Jane Silber, chief executive of Canonical, said: "Our partnership with Meizu continues to result in the creation of beautifully designed hardware that perfectly complements the Ubuntu user experience.
"Users are always at the heart of our work together, something that brings an intuitive and rewarding experience to consumers everywhere."
Canonical has announced that the smartphone will be available to order during MWC next week, but no price details have yet been announced. µ
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