Canonical, well known for its Ubuntu OS, has teamed up with BQ to jointly announce the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition, the second smartphone powered by the Ubuntu Mobile operating system.
The key specifications are pretty much impressive and include a 5-inch IPS 720p display, a quad-core Mediatek A7 processor clocked at 1.3ghz and paired with 1 GB RAM. Furthermore, it offers dual SIM slots and internal storage of 16GB. The rear camera is 13-megapixels and offers dual flash, while the front-camera is set at 5-megapixels.
The launch of the Aquaris E5 HD follows the release of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, which made its debut in February.
Cristian Parrino, vice president of mobile at Canonical, said-
Bringing a new operating system to market requires partners who are willing to challenge the status quo of the mobile industry. BQ is a fearless innovator whose risk with Ubuntu has already paid off. The launch of this second device in Europe marks an amazing milestone for both companies.
Canonical’s mobile VP Cristian Parrino said that his company was “taking on Android” at MWC 2015 in March, describing an OS that was so easy to develop for that services can support it without needing to write a line of code.
The two companies said they were now working together on a convergent device for the future too.
The BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu unlocked Edition will be available to buy from mid-June priced at €199.90, or around £145.