Jack Wong treats them like their his babies, Steve Jobs alleges they infringe on the copyrights of his own toys. Certainly, at least one member of Meizu’s family of phones could easily be mistaken for a cut-rate iPhone clone typical of Chinese manufacturers, but Wong, CEO of Meizu, isn’t letting that stop him from opening up shop in Apple’s backyard. According to statements made by Wong on Tuesday, Meizu is hoping to bring their business to the US market and wants to open an office in California to aid expansion.
The move could see handsets like the Meizu M9 and upcoming MX land on American shores, devices that take the manufacturer’s designs to more original ground. The Meizu M8 was the center of a lawsuit not unlike the one currently facing Samsung. Apple argued the M8’s look and feel copied the iPhone too closely and had sales of the device temporarily halted. A patent technicality got Meizu off the hook. A move to the US could open the wounds anew as Apple attacks Google and Android from all fronts.
No certain details are available as to when Meizu would open their new offices, and even less can be said about when we might see the first devices shipping. The M9 shows some promise with top-tier hardware and a sleek design that tempted us from the Far East, and the MX looks to continue the tradition. Consider us hopeful we might see both on US airwaves in the future.