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First Ubuntu phone launches next week

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition 4.5-inch smartphone
BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition
The 4.5-inch BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition hits the European market for 169.90 EUR starting next week through a series of Flash Sales.

Although the Ubuntu Edge project has failed, it seems there could be a bright future waiting for the Ubuntu phone after all. The first handset based on the mobile version of the notorious Linux distribution debuts next week in Europe. Spanish consumer electronics and software development company BQ is present in over 40 countries and will sell the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition across Europe via its website through a series of Flash Sales.

Canonical's CEO Jane Silber thinks "The launch of the first Ubuntu smartphones is a significant milestone.  The new experience we deliver for users, as well as the opportunities for differentiation for manufacturers and operators, are a compelling and much-needed change from what is available today."

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition has the same hardware as its Android-powered sibling - 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, 8 MP rear facing camera with BSI sensors and Largan lens, 5 MP front snapper, 4.5-inch display with only 540X960 pixels. This smartphone also has dual SIM capability and is only available in black.

This Ubuntu-powered handset will only launch in Europe for €169.90 EUR - roughly $195 USD. Unfortunately, it looks like BQ has no plans to sell it outside the old continent.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-02- 7 (Update: 2015-02- 7)