The wait was longer than expected, but the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition was finally announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Unlike the bq Aquaris E-whatever the Meizu is a proper smartphone with proper specs—not quite as good as the Android edition, but a full-HD display and 2 GB of RAM at least. That homescreen button in the image above makes we wonder if it’s a pre-production model that’s making the rounds at MWC. Buttons? Ubuntu don’t need no stinkin’ buttons…
Anyway, with both the Meizu and bq on display, Ubuntu’s smartphone OS got a fair amount of press, ranging from good to not-so-good:
The Ubuntu phones are an audacious attempt to take on Android
Hands-on with an Ubuntu phone at MWC
Latest Ubuntu For Mobile Hands-On, U.S. Model Coming
Ubuntu’s answer to Android is finally here, but it still needs work
Is this stylish Ubuntu phone ready for prime time? Not yet.
But what about the so-called “convergence mode” wherein you take an Ubuntu phone, plug it into a desktop monitor, pair it with a wireless keyboard and mouse and suddenly have a fully-functional Ubuntu-powered desktop PC? That would certainly be a compelling feature, and apparently it’s still in development.
Last month UK fan site OMG! Ubuntu! posted this video showing Ubuntu convergence in action on an X86-tablet:
If you couldn’t figure out what was going on, switching on a Bluetooth mouse changes the interface from touch mode to windowed mode; switching the mouse off changes it back. Pretty slick.
This notion of carrying around a true pocket PC is an innovation we’ve not seen from the likes of Apple or Google, and would certainly separate Ubuntu from the pack of also-ran smartphone platforms. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it…