The Meizu MiniOne is probably the second-most expected vapor-ware floating around the ‘Net. We’ve totally neglected it until now because we thought it was impossible to make this work. Or, that if it did work, that it would pass by Apple’s lawyers.
This time, it seems to be more than a rumor. I am, of course, truly and utterly unable to decypher the Chinese characters on Meizu’s blog. The guys at Akihabara News could. If you want to see their other products, try here.
Read on for the spicy details:
First of all, there’s the design. There’s no doubt they’ve been influenced by a certain phone that has been delayed for even longer than this one.
It’s actually quite confusing. On the outside you get the typical Cupertino color and design features. On the inside and on the display, you get the new Redmond looks. It’s worse than seeing Windows on a Mac’s desktop, really. But at least it offers a little hint.
First, here’s a very short comparison, then you’ll also get the tech specs:
We all know Apple’s interesting pricing scheme: you’ll need a 2-year contract and $600 in order to get the competition’s ringing iPod. It has restricted connectivity and is NOT a smartphone.
And now, here comes the Meizu:
- Radios: triband GSM, WCDMA, WLAN, Bluetooth and a crispy DMB tuner.
- OS: It operates on Windows Mobile 6, making it a fully-fledged smartphone. It looks to be skinned up like Vista and have some interface changes, but these are just renders.
- Power: an ARM-11 533 MHz CPU from Samsung and 128 MB of DDRAM (yup i didn’t mistype, DDRAM)
- The screen: has an amazing resolution of 720×480. They claim it’s able to play movies in full screen.
- The Cameras: 3 MP on the back, and 0,3 MP on the front for video calls.
- Optionals: GPS receiver and Video Out.
- Storage: from 4 to
8..16 GB (priced between $260 and $450 – no contract no BS)
It makes me really happy to see how ambitious these men are. I’m also giggling with glee when thinking what a mighty boot up the arse Apple would receive if the MiniOne’s release really happens. Apple don’t actually offer a smartphone, the price is high, the battery is total crap and the features are pretty limited.. When the radios are off it doesn’t do much more than a normal iPod.
If this product really makes it to a prototype stage, it will surely be attacked by Apple in court. Let’s just hope for the best and that maybe we’ll soon see this overdose of (affordable) goodness in our hands too.
Found at AkihabaraNews