As promised, Chinese knock-off maker Meizu has thrown down the gauntlet at Apple with the official announcement of a new site that promotes the venerable M9, their controversial iPhone lookalike. 

The M9 appears to match iPhone 4 in key specs while challenging Apple’s handset with a supposedly cheaper price point. It’s not just the hardware and the design, the M9 also mimics iOS with a custom user interface theme.

In addition to a bunch of high-quality M9 shots, the new site has also revealed full specs of the handset. 

A brief glance reveals that the M9 boasts a high-resolution display (apparently the Sharp ASV) and a five-megapixel camera. It also supports the latest 3G GSM standards and WCDMA, which is the basis of Japan’s NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA service. Here’s a bulleted list of M9’s eye-popping specs:

  • dimensions: 59.8 × 113.0 × 11.2mm
  • weight: 123 grams
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA
  • 1GHz S5PC110 ARM Cortex-A8 processor similar to that found in the Samsung Galaxy S
  • hardware-accelerated 3D graphics
  • 3.5-inch capacitive multitouch display that matches the 960 x 640 resolution of the Retina Display found on iPhone 4
  • five-megapixel camera that records 720p video and sports auto center focus, touch focus, and digital zoom 
  • Android 2.2 software
  • gravity sensor, ambient light sensors, infrared distance sensors
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFi/WAPI 802.11b/g/n, A-GPS
  • removable 1370mAH lithium-polymer battery
  • MicroSD/MicroSDHC slot for up to 32GB memory cards
  • MicroUSB and 3.5mm headphone jack

The M9 is scheduled to land on store shelves in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen on December 25. The company will follow-up with a nationwide roll out a few days later. There was no word of a possible US launch at press time.

Source: Meizu