It's not certain, but this might be the first official hardware partner
Information about the first official Ubuntu phone has been spotted on a Chinese website, making Meizu the first hardware partner for Canonical.According to the website in question, Meizu will come to CES 2014 with the first Ubuntu phone, probably using its newly announced Meizu MX3 platform.
The images don’t have a good quality and it’s hard to distinguish if it’s the MX3, but it’s very similar. In any case, this is not confirmation that Meizu is an official partner for Canonical. It’s possible that the Chinese manufacturer just used the new operating system for one of its phones.
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, announced a while ago that his company had just signed its first hardware partner, but he didn't name any names. It’s very likely that the official announcement will arrive at CES, but at least it might not be a big surprise.