BQ has launched two of its handsets Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition in Europe earlier in a time-limited flash sales and had promised to increase its launching in other part of the world. Canonical in one of its blog post has now announced that anyone across the Globe can buy the 4.5-inch BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and its 5-inch counterpart BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition.
Canonical also mentioned that functionalities might be limited to some parts like US where there would be difficult to enjoy 3G services since some of the internet carriers do not operate on the compatible HSPA+ frequency bands. The HSPA+ antennas do not support the frequencies used by AT&T or T-Mobile, so buying a BQ handset would mean you have to survive on 2G. If your carrier supports band UMTS (900, 2100), then you are fine with this problem.
We know (and BQ has acknowledged) that network frequency, and mobile operator, compatibility in some countries, such as the US, will limit some of the handset and OS functionality that European users are presently enjoying.
Canonical feels this worldwide availability of both BQ Ubuntu Editions handsets will provide an opportunity to the Ubuntu-fans to try and test the Ubuntu Phone OS. These mid-ranged handsets are not sort of, that can attract users with its high end specifications. The only thing that is creating the buzz among the tech enthusiasts and open source followers is the Free and completely Open Source Ubuntu Phone OS. Canonical is also trying to bridge the gap between a phone and desktop. It's trying to create an environment where a 5-inch screen smartphone can be connected to keyboard and mouse and used as a full fledged desktop.
BQ has also announced the release of BQ Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 in India via ecommerce site Snapdeal and looking to grasp a market share in the developing nation. BQ Aquaris E 4.5 is equipped with moderate features, you can read the complete specification of Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition here.
The superior BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition is equipped with a 5-inch screen with a screen resolution 720 x 1280. It includes a 13 mega pixel primary and a 5 mega pixel secondary camera with 8 GB internal storage and 1 GB RAM.
With this worldwide release of these two handsets, Canonical is trying to reach out to Ubuntu fans and we will have to wait and see how the world takes the new Operating System where Android is dominating the low and mid-ranged handsets and iPhone is treated as a status symbol.
You can buy it from the BQ Store. The price is listed in pounds but while check-out, you will be able to select your preferred currency.
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