This is the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

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Aquaris E4-5 Ubuntu Edition

Canonical has been at work on Ubuntu for phones for quite a while now. The Ubuntu Edge didn’t quite work out as planned. Now, the company has announced the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, which will début as the world’s first Ubuntu phone.

Canonical say Ubuntu is a totally different concept in mobile operating systems. Interactions on the OS are built around the concept of scopes. According to Canonical, Scopes are a new UI paradigm, designed to deliver content and services directly to categorised home screens, giving users a rich, unfragmented experience.

The idea is to have the phone revolve around you and the content and services important to you. Scopes is an attempt at doing away with having to open and switch between multiple apps (Ubuntu OS supports native apps and HTML5 apps) and, instead, let the OS bring everything you need to your screen.

We have heard that before. Windows Phone tried that and didn’t quite succeed, eventually mostly ditching the concept of “Hubs”. Will Ubuntu OS get it right and succeed? Time will tell.


In the meantime, Key specs of Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition include:

  • 4.5-inch display
  • 1.3 GHz MediaTek Quad-core Cortex A7 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 8 megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual flash, Largan lens, BSI, and full HD (1080p) video recording
  • 5 megapixel front camera

Get the full specifications here.

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is manufactured by BQ and will be available in Europe in the weeks ahead.

5 comments

  1. I havent been paying attention to phones recently. But I might just see if I can get my hands on one of these.

  2. good to see Canonical release hardware running Ubuntu, but this is just another mid level device with an app selection problem. how’s this different from the Samsung Tizen phone or a BlackBerry Z3? they’re all looking to apply ACL to access the Android app catalog

  3. Ubuntu isn’t gonna have compatibility with android apps, unlike bb10 and Jolla. The differentiator is the OS and the concept of scopes (which is alluded to in the article).

  4. I hope the phone will stand the test of time and not die naturally as it emerged.

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