Qualcomm has been preparing to gain market share in China, where the company had customized its chipsets and lowered its pricing to cater Chinese wireless operator’s networks and local smartphone makers. Today, the industry leader announced expansion of the S4 line with two new quad-core Snapdragons destined China — MSM8226 and MSM8626 CPUs, which will allow more high-end smartphones to emerge from local smartphone makers.
To survive in the fierce competition of Chinese mobile market, the phone makers in China are trying to imitate everything from Apple. We have attended Meizu MX2 launch party in Beijing, which was considered to be another equivalent to Apple’s keynote event. Previously, we remembered CNN has mentioned that Meizu was formerly the coveted smartphone brand in China, but that mantle has passed on to Xiaomi which — like Apple — masterfully markets its technology like a lifestyle. But now we believe Meizu has strike back, which proved they can host a better Apple keynote knockoff in China. After having a preview video of Meizu MX2, we’ve made another video to take you through the magnificent Meizu MX2 launch event inside Beijing WaterCube. Meanwhile, we will look at Meizu MX2 in more details and how Meizu gives Xiaomi a big punch.
Meizu has finally announced its second generation Meizu MX, aka “Meizu MX2”, at a grand ceremony in Beijing WaterCube, and we have a hands-on video to give you a quick glimpse at the device, which will show the comparison between Meizu MX 2, iPhone 5 and Xiaomi Mi-Two. The main feature of MX2 is its 4.4-inch 1280×800 display that has 347ppi, an ultra-thin bezel along the edges, a revolutionary touch senitive home button design, new 1.6GHz MX5S quad-core processor and Flyme OS 2.0. Guys, Meizu MX 2 is just awesome!
In the last summer, we took part in a three days trip with Meizu’s fans and their staffs. Within the three days of vacation, we toured Meizu’s headquarter in Zhuhai, attended to the Meizu MX’s launch event in Guangzhou and went to a mysterious island somewhere in the South China Sea. We have made a special video for this trip, and it will show you how a Chinese smartphone brand connected with their users. Hope you guys would like it…=)
Just like the iPad Mini, the next generation Meizu MX will have a thinner border on the left and right side, measured at merely 2.2mm. But according to MeizuMe, the actual device will have an even thinner frame. Allegedly, Meizu MX II will feature 4.4-inch Sharp IGZO display. The good thing about Sharp’s IGZO technology is it allows less power consumption for high-res displays and higher sensitivity on touchscreens, with far less noise to contend with. It seems very likely that Meizu MX II’s display will have 1920×1080 resolution or higher.
After seeing the fake Xiaomi Phone, I was pretty much prepared to see a knockoff of Meizu MX. Well, this is it, a lame Chinese knockoff phone that looks similar to the Meizu MX in appearance, only a bit smaller. Two more photos after the jump.
In the meantime, the battle between Apple and Samsung has certainly drawn a lot of attention. As the lawsuit going on, we knew that Apple accused Samsung Galaxy S copied from their iPhone as leaked documents suggest that Samsung did copy. There are high percentage of similarities between both the iPhone and Galaxy S in term of design and user interface. During the trial, Apple shows three of the smartphones brand that are not copied from their iPhone – BlackBerry Torch, Nokia N9 and Meizu M8. Yes, the Meizu M8, an old Chinese smartphone that is famous for copying the iPhone during 2007. We are surprise Apple took Meizu brand as an example to show the different of icons design …
The next generation Xiaomi Phone is coming soon. Some exclusive photos and info have leaked out from Foxconn factories. The MI-2 will boast an improved screen with 720p resolution, and powered by a quad-core processor from Qualcomm. It will feature dual LED flash for the rear camera, but it still doesn’t come with front-facing camera. It has an all new unique back-cover which opens vertically to gain access to the battery and SIM card. This new design will allow user to have different combination of two color tone of their choice. We’re still not too sure whether the new Xiaomi smartphone will support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, or even the latest mobile Windows OS Windows 8. It is rumored that MI-2 will still manage to cost at a low price of only 1999 yuan (US$313, contract free) and it will be announce next month. Few more pictures after the break.
It’s been said before that Meizu may expand towards international markets by opening retail stores worldwide. If that’s the case, it would be a big leap forward for the Zhuhai-based company to sell their flagship Android phone — Meizu MX — to international users. However, it looks like some Chinese resellers are selling the company’s new quad core smartphone at hiked up prices on Amazon. Duh.
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that have left behind because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on Android smartphones, Diablo III, iPhone 5 pre-order, Alibaba on bribery and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: a promo video on Flyme OS for Meizu smartphone. Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week.
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