1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

It Looks Like Ubuntu's First Phone Might Be For China

Ubuntu

Published on 05 January 2014 02:33 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
22 Comments

It looks like the first official Ubuntu Phone may have been outed this weekend just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show this coming week.

According to images surfacing this weekend and news out of China, it appears that Meizu might be the first vendor shipping an Ubuntu-powered phone. Mark Shuttleworth had announced some time ago they landed their first phone hardware partner, but went without naming any company. The images now surfacing, such as at CNBeta.com, indicate there's a Meizu-made Ubuntu-powered device.

This apparent Meizu Ubuntu Phone could end up being another engagement Canonical has gotten involved in, but it would make sense if this is their first hardware partner they've struck. Very few earth-grounded developers and users would expect the first Ubuntu Phone to come from any major American or European device manufacturer and carrier. Canonical and Ubuntu have also shown growing interest in China, especially with last year's launch of the Ubuntu Kylin version, etc.

Making the Meizu point, the Ubuntu Phone/Tablet version is also designed for high-end devices. Meizu's current high-end offering in China is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core ARM SoC with a 1080x1080p screen and plenty of storage: 128GB internal memory. This would start to the lay basics of a nice Ubuntu-powered converged device.

We should find out soon enough whether Meizu is Canonical's first launch partner for the Ubuntu Phone. CES officially runs this year from 7 to 10 January in Las Vegas. While I am usually out at the Consumer Electronic Show with Phoronix coverage, etc, this year I unfortunately won't be there due to being over in the Caucasus Mountains focusing on Phoronix Test Suite 5.0.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Radeon Linux Benchmarks: Catalyst 15.3 Beta vs. Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel
  2. Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics
  3. Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room
  4. NVIDIA's $1000+ GeForce GTX TITAN X Delivers Maximum Linux Performance
  5. OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 vs. Fedora 21 Tests: Linux Sweeps The Board
  6. The New Place Where Linux Code Is Constantly Being Benchmarked
Latest Linux News
  1. Debian 8.0 Jessie Gets A Release Date
  2. Firefox 37 Coming Today With Heartbeat, HTTPS Bing
  3. OpenIndiana 2015.03 Updates Its Solaris/Illumos Environment
  4. GNOME 3.16 SDK Runtime Now Available
  5. Initial Intel Braxton Support Might Come To Linux 4.1
  6. Why KDE's KWin Doesn't Integrate Weston/QtCompositor For Wayland Support
  7. Clang Now Supports Targeting The NaCl OS
  8. PC-BSD Updates Its Lumina Desktop (v0.8.3)
  9. Fedora 22 Alpha Now Available For AArch64 & PowerPC64
  10. Systemd Developers Did NOT Fork The Linux Kernel
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel
  2. Improved OpenCL Support For Blender's Cycles Renderer
  3. Open-Source Driver Fans Will Love NVIDIA's New OpenGL Demo
  4. Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community
  5. GNOME 3.16 Released: It's Their Best Release Yet
  6. Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta Released
  7. Nuclide: Facebook's New Unified IDE
  8. LibreOffice Online: A Cloud Version Of LibreOffice