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Canonical announced that the next Ubuntu phone is coming later this month

ByinAnnouncements | June 3, 2015

Aquarius Ubuntu Phone
Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu OS, has just announced that the next Ubuntu phone is scheduled to hit the market in mid-June. Dubbed Aquaris E5 HD the new device will debut only four months after the UE unveiling of its predecessor, the Aquaris E4.5. Said to be a step ahead in terms of hardware in comparison its older brother, the new Ubuntu phone will be also produced by the Spanish manufacturer BQ.

BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Smartphone

Aquarius E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
Starting from the screen panel, the new BQ Aquaris E5 HD will come with a 5-inch IPS HD display featuring a resolution of 720x1280p. Additionally, the maximum brightness leveled up to 380cd/m2 should deliver a visible improvement in the viewing experience quality. Although the Aquaris E5 HD’s display is still far from the current Quad HD standards, it is simultaneously a great improvement when compared to its predecessor sporting a 4.5-inch screen with a mere 540x960p resolution.

The phone’s computing powers will be represented by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM that will create background for the intuitive gesture-based Ubuntu OS. The same processor setup may be found in the handset’s predecessor, so no big or even small surprises here. However, the Aquaris E5 HD storage space has been increased to 16GB of built-in storage, instead of previous 8GB.

Moving on to the optics side, the new Ubuntu phone will offer its future users a bit upgraded 13-megapixel main camera with dual flash accompanied by a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Just to refresh your memory, the previous edition of Aquaris featured an 8-megapixel main shooter. What’s more the Aquaris E5 HD camera will be also capable to record 1080p videos.

As for the Aquaris E5 HD availability and pricing, the phone will be soon available for purchase only on the European market having BQ for its exclusive distributor. It will be sold unlocked via the manufacturer’s online store for an equivalent of something round $219 (the Android version of the phone will be also available).

Taking into consideration its price sector the phone has to face a harsh competition with other affordable devices deliver by more prestigious brands, like for example the pretty powerful Moto G 4G whose most noticeable advantage over the Aquaris E5 HD is the fact that it features support for LTE connectivity.

Bringing new operating system to the market dominated by Android is always a risky move, what do you think does the Aquaris E5 HD has any chances to win masses of loyal users having Ubuntu for its biggest selling point? Is curiosity about the new OS a strong enough incentive to attract potential buyers.

source: Ubuntu

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