The Ubuntu smartphone concept has been running around for long, but hasn’t become a reality yet, particularly for the reason that no good hardware maker adopting Ubuntu OS to come up with a smartphone, and one Indiegogo project of much hyped “Ubuntu Edge” smartphone failed due to inability to get the needed funds. Whatever the case, we haven’t heard of a smartphone with Ubuntu OS available for the public, but that is going to change now.
BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is likely going to be the first available device with Ubunutu OS running in it, and for those family with the name already, this is the same BQ Aquaris E4.5 that was available with Android OS, and a new Ubuntu Edition of it is going to be sold.
Availability to be limited to European market right now, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be sold through a series of flash sales, the method adopted by Xiaomi and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Talking of specs, the Aquarius E4.5 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD display with 540×960 pixels resolution, Mediatek 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. Internal storage given in the device is 8GB and there is a Dual SIM support as well.
The Ubunutu OS that is coming in this smartphone, will be based on Scopes concept, which aggregates content into type-specific screens, unlike the grids of app icons that you have been seeing in almost all the present smartphone operating systems. According to Canonical (the maker of OS), the device will work as a phone until it is connected to a keyboard and monitor, where it starts working like a full fledged Ubuntu OS for PCs.
The phone will have an 8-megapixel rear camera with Dual LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera as well. The unlocked unit will be available for €169.90, and flash sales begin next week.