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Meizu promises quad-core smartphones by September

Comments by Meizu Technology's chief executive Jack Wong suggest that the relatively unknown Chinese gadget maker could be the first to market with a quad-core Android-powered smartphone.

During a speech transcribed by fans, Wong claimed that the Meizu MX will be made available in two main flavours: a 16GB model with dual-core processor, and a 32GB model with a quad-core processor.

If true, and assuming Meizu can hit its self-imposed September launch schedule, Wong would be responsible for releasing the world's first quad-core Android handset, beating industry giants like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola to the punch.

That's not bad going for a relatively unknown company based in Guangdong Province. While the company has its fans, it has often struggled to find western companies with which to partner and relies on Chinese-based gadget sites to export its wares.

The company's most well-known product, the M8, often stands accused of being an iPhone clone in the design of both the hardware and UI, but the launch of the M9 Android-powered smartphone with its impressive 3.54-inch 960x640 capacitive touchscreen demonstrated that the company can innovate as well as copy.

As well as the quad-core processor, the MX is slated to launch with the same high-resolution display as its M9 predecessor enlarged to a four-inch diagonal, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Early shots of the design, however, may leave some feeling a sense of deja vu: while the device doesn't look all that much like an iPhone, it does bear a striking resemblance to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S II dual-core smartphone.