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Ubuntu launches first smartphone, runs on Ubuntu OS


The first ever Ubuntu smartphone, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition was launched in Europe yesterday, GSM Arena reports.

The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition which is priced at EUR170 (RM685.05), features a 4.5 inch qHD display, a 1.3 Ghz quad core cortex A7 processor, 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB of internal storage where 5.5GB isavailable to the user and a microSD slot which offers storage expansion up to 32GB.

The phone has dual micro-SIM functionality with a battery capacity of 2150mAh as well as the dimensions and weight of 137 x 67 x 9 mm and 123g respectively.

The smartphone uses Ubuntu OS which is significantly different from Android, iOS and Windows as it features "Scopes" instead of an icon grid, which serve as feeds filtered by category. For example; the Video Scope can show contents from YouTube, Vimeo and other video services.

Some of the features are noticeably similar to other smartphone devices such as swiping to unlock or dragging down the top edge to see the notifications and quick setting panels.

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 is already available online, but might take a few months to hit the Malaysian market.

(Photo source: zwame.pt)

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