Canonical announces the most powerful Ubuntu phone yet

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition will be available in US and globally.

Canonical, the company behind successful Linux based operating system Ubuntu, has announced a new smartphone: Meizu PRO 5. This the the fifth Ubuntu phone announced within the past 12 months. The company will be showcasing the phone at their Mobile World Congress booth.

Meizu PRO 5 by far is the most powerful Ubuntu hardware. It’s a repurposed Meizu device that comes with Ubuntu instead of Android. The phone has a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor supported by 3GB of RAM. Canonical’s press representative told me that the device will feature 3GB of RAM and will come with 32GB of storage.

This is the second Ubuntu phone that has ‘retina’ display: it showcases a 5.7-inch 1920x1080 AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

As I've written previously, Canonical has been working on its ‘convergence’ strategy for quite some time. The idea is to run the same code-base across devices, including desktops, tablets, smartphones and even TV sets. Earlier this month, Ubuntu announced its first convergence device, Ubuntu tablet.

Unfortunately, Meizu PRO 5 is not a convergence device. While it is running the same software that powers the convergence in the recently launched Ubuntu tablet, it lacks the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) output so you can’t plug it to a monitor and use it as a desktop, a feature that’s at the heart of Canonical’s mobile strategy.

The company will announce pricing on February 22, when the phone will be available for pre-order. Unlike many other Ubuntu devices, this one will be available globally.

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