New Ubuntu phone announced: BQ Aquaris E5 HD

BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition

Canonical recently announced a new Ubuntu phone, the BQ Aquaris E5 HD that will be available for sale in a few days time. This new Ubuntu phone joins the already available BQ Aquaris E4.5 and the soon to be launched in Europe, Meizu MX4. The new phone is a marked improvement over the Aquaris E4.5 and has the following main specifications:

  • 5-inch IPS display (1280 x 720 pixels, 294 ppi)
  • MediaTek MT6582 CPU, 1.3 GHz (quad-core)
  • 16GB eMMC storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • 13 MP camera, 5MP front-facing
  • 2500 mAh battery LiPo
  • 1080p video recording
  • Dual flash
  • Weight 134g
  • MicroSD™ slot, up to 32 GB
BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
SUMMARY

The phone is fully unlocked and has dual micro-sim slots with support for sims from two different service providers. The BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition will be sold for €199.90 which is approximately R2800/$222. The bad news is that this new Ubuntu phone will be sold in Europe only with no sign of it being released, as usual in South Africa. Mark Shuttleworth has also recently mentioned that an Ubuntu Phone that supports desktop mode will be launched later in the year. It’s expected that this long awaited convergence device will also be manufactured by BQ and will be the first Ubuntu device to be made for Ubuntu and not a re-purposed Android device. This new convergence phone should have several of the features that the Ubuntu Edge super-phone would have had if it was successfully crowd funded back in 2013.

Canonical has partnered with Dell, HP, BQ, and Meizu to release a range of Ubuntu powered devices this year. The one device that’s quite conspicuous in it’s absence is an Ubuntu powered tablet. Here’s hoping that Canonical release one in time for Christmas!

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