It has passed approximately four months since Ubuntu first released an alternative to Android or iPhone. Well, it looks like the second Ubuntu-powered mobile device has been unveiled. Named the BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition, this device is already available in Europe and can be bought for 200 dollars.
Ubuntu is well-known among tinkerers and developers looking for an alternative to Mac OS X or Windows for their laptops and computers. Unfortunately, this operating system is not widely used among everyday people. Canonical, the British company behind Ubuntu, decided to expand the operating system, so it can work on other devices as well as laptops and PCs, including tablets, phones and drones.
Ubuntu for mobile was first tried in 2014, and since then the British company has partnered with manufacturers BQ in Meizu, China and Spain. However, in February, it was released the first Ubuntu Edition phone and it was called E4.5. This device was sold in a series of time-limited sales.
The new E5 comes with a 5-inch display and it will be available starting June, 9. This device will not be sold as the previous model, in time-limited flash sales, and it will be put on sale on the BQ online store. Its starting price will be around 200 dollars. The company did not declare if they have plans to also release the phone in Australia, US or anywhere else outside Europe. To be mentioned that the Spanish manufacturer BQ only offers customer support within Europe.
This phone will come with 5-inch screen, 720p high-definition display and homes a 1.3GHz MediaTEk Quad Core Cortex A7 processor, accompanied by a 1GB of RAM. BQ Aquaris E5 also features a 16GB of storage which can be extended via microSD, where users can save all their movies, music and photos.
The camera that comes with this phone is a 13-megapixel camera with dual flash, which shoots full-HD 1080p video. On the front, users will find a 5-megapixel camera that can be used for lower-resolution selfies and for video calling. The best part about this phone is that it boasts two SIM card slots, meaning that users can put two SIMs and have two different numbers.