World's first Ubuntu phone gets unboxed, operating system's 'scopes' showcased

World's first Ubuntu phone gets unboxed, operating system's 'scopes' showcased
Last week Spanish BQ and Canonical announced the Aquaris E4.5 – the first ever smartphone to run on the mobile version of Ubuntu OS – at an event in London. Costing just €170 unlocked, the device is pretty affordable, and is expected to go on a flash sale later today through a website that will be announced on the @Ubuntu and @bqreaders Twitter handles. A recent unboxing video, courtesy of YouTube user Jordan Keyes, takes us a on a quick tour of the device.

As you can imagine, €170 won't get you a whole lot. The Aquaris E4.5 has 4.5-inch display with a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and Dragontrail glass for protection, an unnamed MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz (we're guessing the MT6582), 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with two LED flashes, and a generous 5-megapixel selfie shooter at the front. The phone will ship with just 8 gigs of internal storage, but thankfully, you'll be able to expand with up to 32GB more via a microSD card.

The Aquaris E4.5 is no head-turner, either. In fact, it's rather generic-looking, especially considering its chunky bezels all around the display. The interesting part, really, is the software loaded on it, though Canonical will obviously have a lot of trouble driving developer interest for its platform, which, as we all know, makes or brakes a mobile OS. In any case, the video goes through the so-called 'scopes' available right from the homescreen, which serve as sort of feeds filtered by category. We therefore have a dedicated homescreen for just video or photos streams, and a few others including news and 'nearby'. 

Take a look.



1. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

The phone has good design. But it looks laggy a little bit.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

sorry but im not intrested low speces destroyed the operating system and the phone itself is not cheap

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Lol I have pair of those headphones (Urbanears Plattan).

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

what about apps?....does it run android apps?

5. Angst

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

He's wearing a NFC Ring on his right hand. I have one (For the good it's worth).

6. fdm91pa

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Cannonical??? Repeated 2 times??... ahahah no comment :D

12. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Interesting part is, I actually checked and still spelled it that way. :(

7. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

I dont understand why they opted for that crappy old mediatek. they should have waited and gone with the newer mt6732, that thing is a beast.

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

what's up with the bezel, it's so ugly....

10. bahadurhussain

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

I am very much intrigued to try it, I love the OS but I am not sure about the specs, I'll wait until it comes up with a perfect device that's not laggy, if it doesn't come up with anything, I'd still be happy with my Android phone.

11. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

They should've continued with the Ubuntu Edge. I would've bought one at flagship prices easily and the pledge amount in the original campaign was lower than that.

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