Meizu M8 PMP/Phone Looks Awfully Familiar

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Dapreview has—what appears to be—concept renderings of the M8 PMP/cellphone from Meizu. No word if these are real or not, but something about it looks really familiar. I can't put my finger on it, but this player looks like something we have been covering non-stop for the past month or so. This is going to drive me crazy if I can't remember which fruity product the M8 looks like. I think it starts with eye-something. EyeJack? EyeZune?

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This player runs WinCE 6.0, includes a 3-megapixel camera, 3.3-inch VGA+ screen, GSM support, TV-out and more. I don't know whether to think this is fake, or a real knock-off. This isn't the first time Meizu has borrowed design elements from another company.

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DISCUSSION

Guys, learn how to read! The specs say "Windows CE 6.0" NOT Windows Mobile 6!

Windows CE 6.0 is the newest version of Windows CE and the OS in which future versions of the Windows Mobile platforms will be based. (WM7, WM8, WM9?) Windows Mobile 6 is a custom Windows CE based standard platform from Microsoft and is still based on Windows CE 5.0 (same as WM5).

If this were running Windows Mobile, it could not look as iPhone-like or even have the reolution it has! It would just look like every over Pocket PC. Windows CE is a general purpose embedded OS where Windows Mobile is an open consumer-targeted computer operating system (like Windows XP) based on a Windows CE kernel. MS MUST enforce very strict hardware and software guidelines to ensure that any program written for this standard platform will run on any manufacturer's device. OEMs must also promise a minimum amount of devices and even sign a NDA to even work with the platform. Plain vanilla Windows CE, however, is not like this. Plain CE is more like Linux in that each OEM can add/remove components and edit the source code to make their one custom "distro" (platorm) of the OS. With it, the OEM has near complete freedom to modify/remove almost any OS component. (even support for graphics itself!) A very common problem encountered in the communitys of custom (non Pocket PC) Windows CE device owners is the complete freedom OEMs have to choose OS components. Often the same program that runs on one device will not run on another manufacturer's more limited implementation of the same CE OS version (without hacking) or the OEM forgot an to add an important core os component (like Soft Input Panel support)that many programs need to start!

While Embedded Windows CE is not a standard platform, as long as the OEM creates a decently complete implementation of the OS and by copying over a few Pocket PC compatability dlls, you can achieve pretty reasonable Handheld PC and Pocket PC compatability with it.

CE6 adds even more Pocket PC comatability to the core OS such as cellcore support.

I'm amzaed this thing is running CE 6 already! It just RTMed a few months ago! Then again, its not even a real photo...so who knows if they even ported it yet...

Seriously... How is this thing NOT better than the iPhone! I mean its not just a phone but a full Windows CE computer as well! The iPhone does not even allow you to install software!

The only problem I can see is finding drivers for Windows CE 6 itself. CE 6 is almost an entirely new kernel. It makes many breaking changes to core os components and things like drivers. MS claims that its still very backwards compatible on the application level,so hopefully that will not be broken too much. Since this OS is so new and the source of drivers for some hardware are the Windows Mobile platforms (Which are still using the pretty unchanged since CE1 5.0 OS) that could be a minor issue also. Though, many companies are aware of CEs embedded\industrial use and do provide deivers.

-TFGBD (Google me to contact)