Canonical will be launching its third ever Ubuntu-powered smartphone in Europe tomorrow, which is based on Meizu’s popular MX4.
Consumers aren’t going to be able to easily get their hands on the Ubuntu smartphone, though. If you want the new device, you’re going to have to get an invite from Canonical to purchase one. It will cost €299 or $345 USD.
The Ubuntu powered Meizu MX4 features a 5.4-inch 1,920 x 1,152 display, a 2.2GHz octa-core MT6595 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a massive 3,100mAh battery to power it all. It does have 16GB of internal storage, but there’s no option to add external storage.
To grab an invite, you’ll have to head over to Meizu’s English website and complete a puzzle to receive details and invite information for the smartphone.
We’re not sure how long Canonical plans on keeping the invite only business model going for this device. Of course, Cristian Parrino, Canonical’s VP of mobile, says that most people who sign-up should get an invite. But that makes it seem like this business model is merely red tape to get through to purchase the smartphone.