Meizu is using technology that violates Qualcomm's patents without the usual licensing rigmarole, and Qualcomm isn't gonna take it anymore. So it is alleged in Qualcomm's press release, announcing a complaint against the up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. Qualcomm says that Meizu has refused to negotiate "in good faith" to license particular patents, especially those related to 3G and LTE radio standards, though the precise patents in question aren't delineated. Read More
Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has announced its latest flagship phone, the Meizu Pro 6. This is a follow-up to the Meizu Pro 5, which dropped the MX branding of earlier models. It comes less than a year after that device, and in some cases, it's not quite an upgrade. Read More
For a company that sells so few phones, OnePlus sure knows how to make the biggest noise with the smallest thing it does. Building on controversies propelled it to the top of many tech news cycles, but it seems that its marketing department has calmed down a little lately. The latest trick to come out of it is #TakeTheEdgeOff, a swap offer for Samsung owners. It sounds compellingly obnoxious, except that on the OnePlus scale of crazy, it's a moderately bland jab.
They're not asking you to destroy your phone, but to donate it to a charity. And not everyone can get involved, only 50 "winners" will be selected, though I'm not sure winner is the proper term when you're exchanging a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5, for a OnePlus 2. Read More
Alibaba runs a global e-commerce site that is one of the most visited in the world. Now it wants to get into the smartphone business. If this idea sounds funny, remember, Amazon has been trying to do the same thing.
But Alibaba is taking a different approach. Rather than come out with its own brand, it's reportedly purchasing a $590 million stake of the existing China-based smartphone maker Meizu. According to Reuters, this is a minority stake in the company, not enough to give Alibaba control.
Alibaba already has an operating system in mind for Meizu's phones. It develops YunOS based on the Android Open Source Project but releases it as an alternative, similar to Amazon's approach. Read More
If you've never heard of a smartphone maker by the name of Meizu, that's understandable. (Even though we actually reviewed their first Android smartphone about 2 years ago.) That's because Meizu, despite selling some phones outside of its home market - China - does no advertising and has very little press outreach in the western world.
Meizu's latest phone, the MX4, sells in mainland China for under $300 (1,799 Chinese Yuan) in 16GB trim. Now that the smartphone enthusiast world has been opened up to the incredibly competitive pricing of Chinese phonemakers via OnePlus, though, this doesn't sound especially crazy. Read More
Chinese manufacturer Meizu has unveiled its latest flagship device, the MX4. It's a high-end, 5.36-inch phone that spares no expense in some components, but seems to go a little down market in others. The 4th-generation MX4 will be available later this month in China starting at 1800 Yuan (about $290) for the 16GB version, with the 32GB and 64GB versions going for 2000 and 2400 Yuan, respectively. eBay and other official import shops are pre-selling the 16GB model for $449.99.
It would be hard to deny that the MX4 is inspired by a certain i-Product, but then, Meizu has never been shy about their Apple aspirations. Read More
Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it was bringing Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) to Exynos 5 Octa chips. Samsung didn't clarify if HMP would require new hardware, but that was the implication. Now Meizu has unexpectedly announced the Exynos 5 Octa chip in its recently unveiled MX3 will be getting HMP through a software update.
All Exynos 5 Octa processors until now have used cluster migration to manage the ARM big.LITTLE cores. That means either the four high-power A15s are active, or the four low-power A7s are cranking away. There was no way to mix the active cores from the two CPU islands. Read More
The Chinese mobile market is an interesting thing. There are a lot of low-end phones, but there are a number of premium handsets always in the pipe that really couldn't work anywhere else – they usually look like iPhones and have somewhat unusual features. Such is the case with the new Meizu MX3.
This device has a 5.1-inch 1800x1080 screen, which is 15:9 instead of 16:9. Around back is an 8MP camera and a smooth rounded casing. The internals are decidedly high-end. There is an Exynos 5 Octa from Samsung, 2GB of RAM, and 16-128GB of storage. All that fits in a lightweight magnesium frame just 9.1mm thick. Read More
The Meizu MX 4-Core is a truly interesting phone. And as an extention of that, Meizu itself is an interesting company. Founded by Jack Wong, it gained international notoriety when its M8 smartphone drew unwelcome comparisons to Apple's iPhone, particularly from Apple's lawyers, resulting in an early end to its production run.
Meizu claims to be fully vertically integrated - manufacturing, marketing, and selling its phones, a start-to-finish philosophy that results in decreased overhead and more control over its products (it should be noted that Meizu does not actually make all of the components in its phones, however). And the reason it has gone that route is probably obvious to everyone at this point: Mr. Read More
Update: The winners have been selected. And they are are:
- Evgeny Moryatov, via Facebook
- Stan Tan, via Twitter
Android Police and Meizu are giving away one of two brand-spanking-new Meizu MX 4-Core smartphones, and one Meizu grab bag.
Two lucky winners will receive a brand-new Meizu MX 4-Core, the latest smartphone from Meizu. These phones are currently only available in China, so this is a rare opportunity to grab one of these devices before its wider debut. Here's what it's packing:
- 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- 4" LCD qHD display
- Android 4.0 with Flyme OS overlay
- 32GB internal storage
- 8MP BSI rear camera, 0.3MP front
- 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps (pentaband)
- 1700mAh battery
In addition, one more winner will receive a Targus backpack stuffed with Meizu merc and various goodies. Read More