We’re not sure when a CEO heading to a forum to make an official announcement became standard practice, but apparently Meizu CEO J. Wong does it all the time. On what was presumably his most recent visit, Mr. Wong posted pricing information on the suprisingly very real and upcoming M8 (also known as the miniOne).
The 4GB and 8GB iPhone-looking players/phones will be available with and without the 3-megapixel camera for the following prices: $195 (4GB without camera), $310 (4GB with camera), $285 (8GB without camera), and $400 (8GB with camera). We’re still a bit hesitant to completely get rid of the “rumor” label this thing has been wearing since the summer, but the info is coming from the CEO. And we hobnob with B. Gates and S. Jobs in forums often enough to be able to spot the unequivocal truth when we see it.
[MeizuMe via CrunchGear]
As early as this Thursday, March 1st, the Meizu M6 miniPlayer could be available with twice as much as its current 4GB max of internal flash memory. Just about every major flash-DAP manufacturer is already offering 8GB versions of their players, so it’s about time for Meizu to step it up.
According to Chinese website zol.com.cn, pricing could be as low as $140. We’ve also heard figures as high as $200, though, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
[MeizuMe via dapreview]
Way back in August, there was some speculation about a new Meizu player dubbed the M8 that supposedly ran a version of the Windows CE operating system on a 533MHz ARM11 processor. But when the rumor didn’t pick up any speed after that, we shelved it.
But now, five months later, guess who’s back. This time sporting a no-way-is-that-real iPhone look, the M8 is equipped with a 3.3-inch VGA display (720 x 480), 3-megapixel digital camera, A/V outputs, and a dock connector. Oh, and did we mention that it’s now a GSM and 3G cell phone? Riiiight.
The one bit that’s stuck, though, is the ARM11 processor and WinCE (identified as version 6.0). So even though we’re still filing this under “rumor” for the time being, we do believe that something unlike Meizu’s other players is afoot.
[Meizu forum (Chinese) via dapreview]
Forget user generated website content; Meizu is tapping in to the collective conscious of the interwebs for their next MP3 player. The guys who brought us the M6 miniplayer are holding a contest to design an MP3 player and there are prizes involved. While it would be nice to snag some royalties off of each next gen Meizu player you designed, you will have to settle for one of three M6 miniplayers.
It is nice to see a company reach out to the online community for some ideas. Cheap R&D and some PR to boot, how can you loose? Other companies may want to follow suit.
[Meizu - thanks Jack4L]
If a “Made for Meizu” line were ever in the works, Chinese company Mofi would probably be first to sign up. In fact, it’s already ahead of the game with its CP-12 faceplate and touchpad covering options designed for the M6 miniPlayer. From what we can decipher from Google’s translation, the multi-layered faceplates are made of durable, scratch-resistant, glossy resin and have been designed to add little to no extra bulk to the player. They’re available in black, white, and blue and can be mixed and matched with interchangeable touchpad shields that come in red, blue, green, and white with various accents.
Mofi’s “official” website (www.mofi.cn) automatically redirects to the iMP3.net forums, which makes purchasing the faceplates from the company a bit confusing. But don’t fret. Taobao, China-based eBay EachNet’s biggest competitor, usually has the CP-12 accessories up for sale.
While many in the U.S. are still trying to get their hands on the Meizu M6 miniPlayer, information about a rumored M8 successor has already been spotted and subsequently published (as headline news) on the front page of iMP3.net.
According to a member of the tech site’s Meizu forums, early info from JW (whatever/whoever that is) seems to indicate that the M8 will feature a 2.6-inch VGA screen and run some version of Window CE on a 533 MHz ARM11 processor possibly manufactured by Samsung. It also seems that the new device will be equipped with a non-removable battery and be without an expansion card slot.
The speculative article concludes with an uncertain iconic equation: Samsung + Microsoft = Meizu? Whether any of this pans out into anything substantial remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely keep an eye on it.