Meizu's M8 started out as a comedy iPhone clone and gradually developed its own - at least partial - identity; now some earnest modders have given it a complete OS upgrade. Out went Windows CE, to be replaced by Google's Android platform, though it's still very early days and you lose more than just the original UI in the process.
Video demo after the cut
The Meizu M8 may be a dead-ringer for the iPhone's physical and GUI design, but is it still a decent handset in its own right? We've already seen one review, now Chinese site Zol.com.cn has put the M8 through its paces in what most owners will be using it for: full-screen web surfing. Can the M8 render pages as quickly as Apple's smartphone?
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First the unboxing, now the review. Meizu's M8 wannabe-iPhone still isn't quite within the grasp of buyers, but IT168 have reviewed an early sample and, despite the delay, come away impressed. It might never have been blessed by Steve Jobs, but the 3.4-inch touchscreen handset - with a 3.2-megapixel camera and either 8 or 16GB of onboard memory - seems to have its own charms.
Meizu's M8 cellphone is growing to be something of a legend: ostensibly an iPhone clone, a fact hotly disputed by Meizu themselves, its arduous journey to market has taken the best part of a year. Now, PConline have unboxed what we're told is the final retail packaging, in preparation for the M8's mass production on December 8th.
So the rep from Meizu, much like the company as a whole, continues to profess their design didn’t come from the iPhone, that their design was completed some time towards the end of 2006, well before the iPhone was released. They still don’t mention anything about the software though, which is almost definitely stolen from Apple.
In case you’ve forgotten, the M8 is the device that works like an iPhone, now looks like an iPod Touch. It also has storage capacities from like 2GB all the way up to 16GB, and I think it even has 3G, the stats aren’t really set in stone yet so it’s hard to tell.
Personally, I’m cool with a device that’s just close to the iPhone, sure, it might piss some people off, but I’d be really cool with it if when it lands it does have 3G, preferably EV-DO, but that’s just me. Anyways, Meizu will apparently be showing off the device in January at CES and then plans to begin selling it stateside by February.
When will Apple, or more precisely its competitors, ever stop. The iPod came out so long ago, and even to this day it’s the bar with which you have to compete, every new MP3 player that comes out is an iPod killer. There is no Zune killer (maybe because it did a pretty good job on its own) there isn’t a Sansa killer, only a bunch of iPod killers.
Well that’s the goal of the Meizu M7, to be the iPod Touch Killer. The specs include a 2.81” touch screen at 480x288 pixels with a 15:9 ratio. The actual device dimensions are 89x48x7.3 millimeters. It can play H.264 at 720x480 a 30fps via its TV out port.
We all know Meizu for their phone that they admit was greatly influenced by the iPhone. They've got another product coming out that bears a strong resemblance to an Apple product. Look familiar?
The M3 Music Card looks an awful lot like the 1st generation iPod nano. The main difference in looks is the touchstrip in place of the scrollwheel.
Reportedly it will support a wider variety of formats than the nano. Some of these include FLAC, OGG and XviD AVI files. Expect to see these for approximately $65 in China around the 20th of this Month.
iPod Nano clone confirmed [via looprumors]
Cue inappropriate jokes. MediaTek is really putting the heat on Qualcomm, more so after seeing a chink in its armor courtesy of Samsung. Just recently it tried selling the idea of a three-tier deca-core mobile processor even while Qualcomm has just gotten started with 8 cores. Now with its own "Pump Express Plus", it is taking aim at Qualcomm's fast charging technology, Quick Charge 2.0, that is slowly snaking its way into the latest flagships and quickly becoming a much wanted feature in smartphones.