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The BQ Aquaris E4.5 is the world's first Ubuntu phone, will cost €170 and feature mid-range specs

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The BQ Aquaris E4.5 is the world's first Ubuntu phone, will cost €170 and feature mid-range specs
After years of development, Cannonical is finally ready to debut Ubuntu on phone, and that phone will be Spanish BQ's mid-range Aquarius E4.5. 

The world's first Ubuntu phone will be made commercially available in Europe on Feburary 9th for €170 through a web store that will be announced on the @Ubuntu and @bqreaders Twitter handles within the next week. We'll be looking at a flash sale, with more scheduled to take place thereafter. The phone will also be made available through various telecoms, including 3 Sweden, UK's giffgaff, and Portugal Telecom, all of which will be offering SIM bundles at purchase.

As mentioned, the first Ubuntu phone is nothing more than a mid-ranger. It will feature a 4.5-inch display with an unimpressive resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, an unspecified MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz (MT6582?), 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a generous, 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

As for the software, it is primarily gesture-based, and in some ways reminds of Jolla's Sailfish. Still, in many ways, it's quite similar to competing platforms in that it features a dedicated notification bar with quick toggles on top, an app drawer (or a sidebar), and a multitasking menu. The OS' main differentiating point is its hard-coded ability to provide you with relevant contextual information, including reviews of nearby places, news, and the like. 

BQ isn't the only partnership Canonical struck, and Chinese Meizu is also expected to release a phone based on the British company's software. The initial plan was to release an Ubuntu edition of the Meizu MX3, but with the MX4 and MX4 Pro already on the market, the timeline could have changed.



source: Canonical 

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posted on 06 Feb 2015, 09:58 1

1. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


How does this have mid-range specs?

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 10:07

2. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


In a world of quad/octa core processors clocked at 2.X MHz, Quad HD 5"+ displays, 2+ gb of ram, 20mp rear cameras and a list that goes on and on I would have to say that this phones specs are mostly religated to the realm of feature smartphone at this point...

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 13:32

5. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1645; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


So I guess the iPhone is a mid-range/feature phone according to your logic.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 17:34 1

8. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Kinda is. My Lumia 810 midranger from 2012 has specs that align with the iPhone. It sorta sad too, as people pay tons of money for it.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 07:17

10. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Why yes it is....When people buy an iPhone they are not buying it for the hardware they are buying it for the name.....Why else would someone spend nearly $1000 on a device that has a lower screen resolution and less ram when there are better devices out there with specs that Apple wont likely put in their devices for at least another couple of years then claim that they did it first.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 10:52

3. Cyberchum (Posts: 675; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Really, you don't know?

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 14:27

6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Indeed. If a phone has less than 720p rez, no way it's mid range.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 13:00

4. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


ugly as hell

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 14:38

7. Furbal (Posts: 980; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Hope Ubuntu gets released on the mc series. I'd love to flash it on mine

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 20:54

9. aksa123 (Posts: 320; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Ubuntu looks alot like iOS to me.

posted on 08 Feb 2015, 21:28

11. ambrown (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I'm super excited for anything that has Ubuntu Touch on it. Too bad we won't see anything like this on the US market anytime soon. Yeah, I could go and buy it unlocked somewhere, but since I'm on Verizon it's a bit more complicated than popping in my SIM card and go. If Ifind it cheap enough though I might be convinced to pick it up just for development purposes!

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