Ubuntu-powered BQ Aquaris E4.5 Goes For Sale Today

By 03:05 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 Comments

The wait is finally over for the Ubuntu Operating System (OS) to become commercially available on a smartphone. As planned, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubunto Edition is being launched today in Europe.

The Aquaris E4.5 is not an entirely recent device, it's been available for some time booting Android KitKat. The specsheet of the smartphone is nothing to write home about, but it's still a balanced package.

The name reveals the classy screen size of 4.5 inches, and the qHD resolution of the IPS panel results in a pixel density of 244ppi. Running the show is a Mediatek chipset with its Cortex-A7 Central Processing Units (CPU) clocked at 1.3GHz. A single gig of Random-Access Memory (RAM) is onboard as well as 8GB of internal storage, of which 5.5GB are available to the user. A microSD slot offers expansion up to 32GB.

The dual-SIM phone is limited in connectivity options, only packing radios for 850/900/1800/1900Mega Hertz (MHz) Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) bands and 900/2100Mega Hertz (MHz) 3G. Battery power is 2150mAh, stuffed in a 137 x 67 x 9 mm body weighing 123g.

Hardware is not the main topic here, though, the recent Operating System (OS) is. The Ubuntu for smartphone has long been in the works, and after years of development British company Canonical has managed to bring it to market. The recent mobile Operating System (OS) is unique in concept, ditching the common app grid in favor of content-grouped tabs. Dubbed Scopes, the innovative interface learns from previous experience and aggregates user-specific content in easy to navigate panes.

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 is available online starting today for a price of €170. Stay tuned to the @bqreaders and @ubuntu twitter accounts to find out how and where you can grab one.



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