The first Ubuntu Phone, BQ Aquaris E4.5, is released

For people who want to try something different from the Android, Windows Phone and iPhone, the first Ubuntu phone is now on the market. Most people know that Ubuntu is an alternative operating system to Apple Mac computers or to Windows. Unfortunately for the company, it isn’t widely used among consumers, but it has a thriving community of developers. 

However, the British company behind Ubuntu, Canonical, has been working quite hard in the last couple of years to expand the company and reach other devices, such as tablets and phones. Canonical is also known to be working with Chinese manufacturer Melzu and Spanish manufacturer BQ. The Melzu’s MX3 and the Ubuntu version of the Aquaris E4.5 were showed as a preview last year. Looks like the E4.5 finally came out on the market, while the MX3 is still in work.

BQ Aquaris E4.5 comes with the Ubuntu operating system. This system tries to modify the idea of apps downloaded on the user’s phone, and giving “scopes” or home screens as an alternative. These new alternatives will mix online sources and other stuff that will find on the user’s phone. Looks like the developers working on Ubuntu phones didn’t create another proprietary version of their apps, like we can find on Android, Windows Phone or iOS. However, they code the operating system in HTML5, the language used for modern websites.

BQ Aquaris E4.5 will appear in a series of “flash sales”, meaning that it will go on sale for a limited time. The first sale was unveiled on Tuesday 10 February. Announcements will be posted on Ubuntu’s Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. The phone will cost 170 dollars and it will only be available on sale in Europe. There are no plans for a US launch for the moment. “Since we’re at the beginning of the journey, we’re targeting early adopters,” the VP of mobile at Canonical, Cristian Parrino, declared.

BQ Aquaris E4.5 has a 4.5-inch full HD 1080p screen, a 5 megapixel camera on the front and an 8-megapixel on the back. It is powered by a MediaTek quad-core Cortex processor at 1.3GHzm with 1GB of RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, which can be used for music, phones and movies.

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