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First Ubuntu phones revealed (pictures)

Take an exclusive first look at the first Ubuntu phones, the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris, in our hands-on photos.

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Richard Trenholm
Richard Trenholm was CNET's film and TV editor, covering the big screen, small screen and streaming. A member of the Film Critic's Circle, he's covered technology and culture from London's tech scene to Europe's refugee camps to the Sundance film festival.
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First Ubuntu phones

The first Ubuntu phones are the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris. Check out our photos of Ubuntu software in action, as well as prototypes of the forthcoming phones.
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Ubuntu on Nexus 5

This is Ubuntu software in action on a Google Nexus 5.
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Meizu MX3

Here's a look at the Meizu MX3, one of the first Ubuntu phones. This is a prototype, hence the blank screen, but it gives an idea of what the phone will look like.
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MX3 at an angle

Another view of the Meizu MX3, which is an existing Chinese phone usually powered by Android. For more insight on the MX3, you can check out CNET's hands-on with the Android model.
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MX3 side view

Another shot of the Meizu MX3.
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Gently curved edges

CNET's Brian Bennett said the design of the Meizu MX3 reminded him of the "classic iPhone 3G and perhaps a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC Evo 4G LTE (complete with chrome trim around the edges)."
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Smooth back

The Meizu MX3 has a smooth back molded from white plastic.
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MX3 in hand

Another shot of the back of the Meizu MX3.
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BQ Aquaris

The BQ Aquaris will also run Ubuntu.
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Back of the BQ Aquaris

The BQ Aquaris sports a rectangular shape with rounded corners.
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Flat design

The Aquaris is built by BQ, a Spanish manufacturer.
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Side by side

The BQ Aquaris and the Meizu MX3 side by side.

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