Many of the geeks who enjoy the freedom of Ubuntu would be pleased to know that Ubuntu phones have become a reality now. Aquarius E5 is the first Ubuntu based smartphone produced by the Spanish smartphone company BQ. The shipping of the phone has started and now the Linux fans (other than European and Chinese) would be able to enjoy the new OS for the first time.
The features of the phone are pretty mediocre but of course the selling point here is the Ubuntu OS here, so the phone features are less of a concern here. The freedom of using simple plug in services to a scope instead of building self-contained apps. The customizable “scopes” that bring in relevant content to a single home screen. But all that being said, Ubuntu still have a long journey ahead as it has to compete with the Android OS, which has already occupied more than half of the smarphone’s market.
With 1GB RAM, 1.7GHz quad core Mediatek chip, 16GB expandable memory, 720p resolution 5inch screen, E5 Ubuntu Edition justifies its price tag of €199.90. The price will be a problem in Asian countries where cheap alternatives are available, but as being said earlier, Ubuntu is the main attraction here.
The main deficit of this smartphone is the 900 and 2100MHz HSPA+ band limit, due to which this phone won’t support anything other than 2G in US. For other countries, be cautious before spending $200, make sure you check the frequency band of your service provider. The phone has no LTE, and its HSPA+ antennas essentially do not support the frequencies other than 900 and 2100MHz.
This phone is a test product, if the response is good, we will be seeing smartphones with better hardware running on Ubuntu. You can buy the phone from BQ Store.