Canonical limited, the company behind popular Linux distro Ubuntu will be soon stepping into mobile world as the first phone powered by Ubuntu OS will go on sale this month. The Ubuntu phone will be sold by BQ in the form of Aquaris 4.5.
BQ has already shipped some handsets to warehouses of some online retailers in Europe. Thus, we can expect Aquaris 4.5 to be available within 1 or 2 weeks. Canonical has revealed that the first set of Ubuntu phones would be sold in flash sales. Thus, if you’re in Europe, make sure that you follow Ubuntu’s social profiles to get information on launch dates and time of Aquarius 4.5.
Anyways, the 1st phone with Ubuntu OS will cost below 200 dollars (below Rs 12000 in India). It offers a 4.5 inch IPS capacitive qHD (540 x 960 pixels resolution) IPS display. It has Mediatek MT6582 quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 processor. Thus, your Ubuntu Linux experience on the mobile device would be decent.
The BQ Aquarius 4.5 has a 1GB RAM module. It comes with powerful camera features that are suitable for selfie addicts, video calling, recording 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution videos.
The rear camera comes installed with 8 megapixel BSI sensor. The front camera includes a 5 million pixel sensor. The Ubuntu handset from BQ has a microSD card slot. It supports 2 SIM card, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.
BQ Aquaris 4.5 runs apps that are built using HTML 5 technology. It comes preloaded with facebook, cut the rope, Grooveshark and some other popular Android, IOS applications. Aquarius phone will feature Scopes, a recommendation software designed by Canonical Limited. Scopes will function as a smartphone guide.
Well, BQ Aquaris 4.5 is not the only handset that would be launched this year. Meizu has already partnered with Canonical for the same.