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.