Meizu unveils probably the most highly effective Ubuntu telephone but
As soon as once more, it is the Chinese language smartphone producer Meizu that is serving to Canonical promote its imaginative and prescient of an Ubuntu handset. Following the MX4, the corporate has unwrapped the “Ubuntu Version” Professional 5, which guarantees the most effective spec sheet in an Ubuntu telephone so far. That’s, with out you putting in the platform on one other system manually, anyway. It is a big handset, dominated by a 5.7-inch AMOLED show (1080p) and a small fingerprint sensor. Beneath the hood is an eight-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, backed up by both 3GB or 4GB of RAM, which varies relying on whether or not you select 32GB or 64GB of inner storage.
The remainder of the telephone is equally spectacular, no less than on paper. A 21-megapixel digital camera sits on the again, whereas a 5-megapixel snapper rides up entrance for selfies and video calls. Every part attracts energy from a 3050mAh battery which, a minimum of in China, may be shortly topped up utilizing Meizu’s “mCharge” know-how. Briefly, it is the very same hardware discovered on the common Professional 5, which runs Android Lollipop slightly than Ubuntu.
With loads of energy, this system ought to attraction to a few of Ubuntu’s largest followers. (The Ubuntu Edge eclipsed it in some areas, however did not make it previous the crowdfunding stage.) We have by no means had an issue with the hardware from Canonical’s companions although — it is the platform itself that wants some work. Ubuntu on cellular is a novel expertise and there are some promising concepts, akin to Scopes, which rethink how info ought to be packaged and introduced in your telephone. However improvement has been sluggish and within the years we have been monitoring the platform its largest rivals, Android and iOS, have made large leaps in design and utility.
With its first pill, the BQ Aquaris M10, Canonical has lastly delivered its “Convergence” function which helps you to plug in a monitor and use it like a PC. Microsoft is touting an analogous service with Continuum on Home windows 10 Mobile, though we’re but to be bought on the general idea. Canonical says that whereas the Professional 5 lacks MHL output, it is operating the newest Ubuntu code and “is able to offering a standard desktop expertise.” If and the way that performance will materialize, nevertheless, is presently unclear.
Pre-orders for the Professional 5 Ubuntu Version will start on Monday, throughout Cellular World Congress in Barcelona. Canonical is staying tight-lipped concerning the worth however says anybody all over the world, together with individuals within the US, shall be in a position to purchase one on-line. (That makes a change from earlier handsets, which took six months to cross the pond.) We’ll offer you some impressions as soon as we have tried the system ourselves in sunny Spain.