Monday, 24 August 2015

BQ to launch Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition phones in India

BQ has finally announced the launch of two Ubuntu OS based handsets Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 in India by the end of this month. The Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Editions handsets had already been released in European market in February and June this year, and has generated much news. Though, Android is an Open Source OS, Google reserves a larger part of it under its belt and Ubuntu OS is first of its kind to be a complete Open Source Operating system. Ubuntu for Desktop is already the largest used Linux desktop variant and Canonical has taken a step further by developing it for smartphones and tablets.

BQ aquaris E4.5
BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition
The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is loaded with MediaTek Quad Core Cortex A7 processor with 1 GB of RAM. It features a 4.5 inch IPS multi-touch screen with a resolution of qHD 540 x 960 and 240 ppi. Internal storage of BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is 5GB out of which 5.5GB is available to end user. It does include a SD card slot supporting 32 GB storage.

Aquaris E4.5 is packed up with a 8 megapixel primary camera with auto-focus and dual flash and can record full HD videos of 1080p resolution. There is a secondary camera for selfie lovers of 5 megapixel.

The other handset - BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition comes with a larger 5 inch display screen with IPS HD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280. It has a superior camera than its counterpart and includes a 13 megapixel primary and 5 megapixel secondary camera. 

Both of these Ubuntu powered handsets are to be released this month in Indian Market and will be available in black color for purchase exclusively through Snapdeal. 

The center of attraction for these two handsets is the much awaited Ubuntu OS from Canonical. The grid app concept of Android and iOS has been replaced by content-grouped tabs, and there is a better navigating experience. We will have to wait and see how these handsets performs in the Indian Markets where handset makers like Xiaomi, Micromax and One Plus One (and One Plus Two) are gaining massive popularity and purchases with high end specifications in very low cost. 

And yeah, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 will cost Rs. 11,999 and the superior counterpart BQ Aquaris E5 will be available at a price of Rs. 13,999 to Indian users via Snapdeal, an e-commerce site.

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