It’s been a long road, spanning more than two years of adversity, but Ubuntu finally has a smartphone to call home. It’s called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and is built by Spanish company BQ. Ubuntu said the new phone will be available in London and Madrid starting Feb. 9.
The new phone may cost upto 169.90 Euros, or about $190 or 11789INR. But it won’t be too impressive, PC World said. The phone is said to have a 4.5-inch display with 540-by-960 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, 8GB of storage with MicroSD expansion.It will also sport 1GB RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera as well as dual SIM slots, but will not support 4G LTE networks.
The 4.5-inch display has only qHD resolution (540 x 960), the processor is a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, there’s no LTE option, and the onboard storage is limited to 8GB. To offset these restrictions, the Aquaris allows memory expansion via a microSD card and also has two micro-SIM slots for added flexibility. If there’s one spec indulgence here, it’s the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which BQ highlights as a major feature on the Android variant of this phone.
At the outset, The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will feature Facebook, Twitter, Amazon,Time Out, Yelp, and Cut the Rope among its best-known partners, with Spotify, SoundCloud, and Grooveshark also being integrated via their web APIs. The Ubuntu phone “supports mainstream HTML5 beautifully,” says Canonical, and the company’s categorical that it’s “not coming out with yet another iOS or Android clone.” What you’ll get is something altogether different, a fresh experience built around screen-edge interactionsand tailored Scopes that aim at “reversing the hackneyed status quo.” It’s a bold set of promises, though it’s likely to find a receptive audience in its first buyers, who will necessarily be Ubuntu fans already.
There will be no retail availability of the Aquaris. It will be on sale via sporadic flash sales over the coming weeks, recruiting early adopters and trying to build up into a viable mobile platform. The climb toward that goal looks as long and hazardous as Ubuntu’s mobile struggles to this point, but today marks an important milestone along the way.