Second Ubuntu smartphone launched with 5″ 720p screen
Last month, Canonical and Meizu outed the first Meizu mobile phone running on Ubuntu OS. With a $290 price tag in China, the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition hit the stands in China after years of plotting on how the Linux-based platform could be ported to smartphones.
Today, a dual SIM BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition was unveiled with a 5-inch HD display, powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek SoC and 1GB of RAM coupled with 16GB of expandable storage.
With such aggressive pricing, Canonical is can be said to be pegged head-to-head with Motorola’s budget offering – Moto E. While the firm will be going against the Android OS, which currently dominates the mobile OS market, it says that Ubuntu OS’s Scope UI would make the device stand out. Scopes, or categorized home screens, provide a unified view of content in the particular category.
The handset sports a 13-megapixel rear camera as well as a 5MP front-facing snapper for taking of selfies. There’s a 2500mAh battery cell, as well as support for 3G HSPDA connection, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
In terms of availability, the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition will be sold in Europe starting later this month priced €199.90.