Images of Meizu's upcoming MX smartphone surfaced last month, but price and availability were still a mystery. Now the company has officially taken the wraps off the device, announcing that the 1.4GHz dual-core version will be available in China on January 1st for 2,999 yuan (around $471). The pentaband phone supports HSPA+, with theoretical download speeds of up to 21.6Mbps, and will come with 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch, 960 x 640 ASV display, and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter features a backside-illuminated sensor, and will be capable of 1080p video at 30 frames per second. 16GB of storage will be on board for your music and media needs, with the Micro USB connector also serving as a S/PDIF output, and supporting USB host and MHL as well.

While the MX will be running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread beneath Meizu's beautiful skin at launch, CEO Jack Wong has already confirmed that the device will be receiving an Ice Cream Sandwich update, though no specific timeframe has been given. Also up in the air is the release date for the 32GB quad-core variant of the MX; while Meizu has confirmed the device is forthcoming, the company has only said it will be arriving "later."