BQ Aquaris E4.5 – first Ubuntu phone

Well, we have been hearing about Ubuntu on mobile for quite sometime but Canonical has set a big foot forward through BQ Aquaris E4.5. The phone from Spanish company BQ will be the world’s first mobile to run on Ubuntu. Aquaris E4.5 will be available from February 9th in Europe for 170 euros through an online store which will be announced on on the @Ubuntu and @bqreaders Twitter handles very soon.


Aquaris E4.5 is a mid-range phone that features 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels (240 ppi), a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3 GHz with Mali400 at 500 MHz and paired with 1 GB RAM. There is a 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera for selfies. Storage wise we have 8GB internal memory that can be extended upto 32 GB through a microSD card.

The phone will be running on Ubuntu which will be a gesture based OS like the Sailfish OS from Jolla. It has something called scopes that deliver content and services directly to categorised home screens, giving users a rich, unfragmented experience. Below is a walk-through video on Ubuntu for mobile.