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Canonical
on 17 February 2016

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition launches globally


  • Highest specification Ubuntu phone launches internationally with Meizu
  • Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition available for pre-order during Mobile World Congress 2016
  • Host of new features: the fifth Ubuntu device launched by Canonical and partners in 12 months

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu, jointly with Canonical, announces the global launch of the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition. This is the fifth Ubuntu device launched by Canonical and its partners in the last twelve months and the most sophisticated and feature-rich Ubuntu phone in the market. The Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition will be available for pre-order during MWC on Meizu’s website (price and details to follow on our blog).

The Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition launches as one the highest spec smartphones on the market. This elegantly designed device comes with a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor. The Meizu PRO 5 sports a highly durable 5.7-inch 1920×1080 screen made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and the crystal clear AMOLED display screen adds a larger field of view to deliver more content, save power and ensure longer battery life. The Meizu PRO 5 has higher specifications than many other leading smartphones, including its LPDDR4 memory technology which makes it a fast and responsive device for even the most avid multi-taskers and demanding applications.

The Ubuntu Phone experience continues to delight Ubuntu fans and new users alike. The content-centric user experience has transformed the way we access our most important digital services – whether that’s music, social, web browsing or sharing photos and video. With scopes, all these services are available directly from the home screen. The rich and unified experience delivered by Ubuntu scopes is a world away from burying content and services inside multiple apps in an icon grid.

In recent updates, the scope experience has seen further enhancement. Favourite scopes like Twitter, SoundCloud and YouTube now feature personalised information and with more interactive features users can ‘like’ or ‘favourite’ items, read and post comments, directly from these updated scopes. The growing ecosystem around Ubuntu devices includes favourites such as Instagram, Twitter, messaging service Telegram,  Soundcloud, TimeOut and Songkick plus a host of others. Recent additions to the ecosystem include Spotify and games from Play Canvas.

Canonical remains committed to the vision of reinventing personal computing through a single, adaptive platform for all personal device form factors. As such, while the PRO 5 lacks MHL output,  the software running on the Meizu PRO 5 is the latest code which also powers recently announced tablets and other devices and is capable of providing a traditional desktop experience.

Jane Silber, CEO, 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.”

Li Nan, VP at Meizu, said: “Having successfully launched our first device together in 2015, this new innovation demonstrates our close partnership, and continued desire to develop the most innovative and interesting mobile experiences for consumers all over the world. We have some interesting plans and so we’re looking forward to further deepening our partnership with Canonical in the future.”

The Meizu PRO 5 will be on show at Mobile World Congress 2016 – come see us in Hall 3 Booth J30.

For more information on Ubuntu phones, please visit: http://www.ubuntu.com/phone

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