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The first Ubuntu phone is now on sale in Europe

by Killian Bell | February 11, 2015February 11, 2015 5:00 am PDT


The BQ Aquaris E4.5, the world’s first smartphone powered by Ubuntu, is now on sale in Europe. The midrange device comes with a 4.5-inch display, a quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and it’s priced at just €169.90 (approx. $192).

The first Ubuntu-powered smartphones were originally expected to arrive last year, but recent reports revealed that the software wasn’t stable enough for its public debut. But now, more than two years after Ubuntu was announced for smartphones, the first device is available in Europe.

The platform will target affordable devices initially, which is why the midrange Aquaris E4.5 is bringing it to consumers. The handset offers a 4.5-inch qHD display, a quad-core MediaTek Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, Mali 400 graphics, and 1GB of RAM.

Users also get 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, dual-SIM card slots, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a dual-LED flash and 1080p video recording, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Ubuntu itself promises to reinvent the way you interact with your smartphone. It uses “Scopes,” which are individual quick start screens, that give you access to everything you need — music, videos, your favorite social networks — without having to switch between multiple apps.

The Aquaris E4.5 will be available through “flash sales” initially, so customers will get just a few hours to place their order, or until all stock is sold out. If you miss out today, you’ll need to wait until the next flash sale for another chance to buy.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...