Well the good news is rolling out for the people who are tired of using Android, iOS and Windows based phones. The Aquaris E4.5 is the first phone to have Ubuntu OS. Ubuntu has been a great alternative operating system to Windows or Apple Mac based computers. Although it isn’t used much by the common crowd, it is an open source and is used extensively by developers. There were two phones introduced last year namely Meizu’s MX3 and the Aquaris E4.5 Phone.MX3 is still being developed whereas the Aquaris E4.5 Phone is going to be the first phone to run on Ubuntu OS.
The phone is compiled by a Spanish company BQ and packs some impressive features.
Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is expected to release next week and will be priced at nearly INR 12000 (~192 US$) in Europe on 9th February 2015 via flash sale model
Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Looks:
The Aquaris E4.5 sports a 4.5 inch full HD (1080p) screen. It has a 5MP front camera and a 8MP back camera which is quiet impressive. It even packs autofocus and dual flash.
The phone runs on MediaTek quad-core Cortex A7 processor running at up to 1.3GHz, with 1GB of RAM. The phone allows for 8GB of storage under the hood. The phone even supports the use of micro SD card which expands the storage further.
The phone supports dual SIM and packs a 2150mAh battery. It will initially be available in black.
The phone isn’t the usual arsenal of apps downloaded to your phone, instead it gives you scopes which mix online sources and displays on screen. You control the phone by swiping on either end and taking your finger close to the left end reveals currently open apps and favorites arranged column wise. Tracing your finger from the right opens a multitasking platform which lets you navigate through the currently open apps using an attractive 3D animation. When you are currently using an app, swipe up from the bottom to reveal the options available and pull down from the top to show the notifications and status. The status indicator includes message notifications, WiFi options etc.
Scopes are your home screens which show you a single topic, for example music, news or work that fetch content from various sources. For example, instead of having the Facebook app, the phone show all the data in a single home screen dedicated to Facebook only.
The best part for me would be the music scope. It unites all the music on the phone with online sources such as Soundcloud, Grooveshark to get all the tunes together.
The NearBy scope shows all the interesting locations near you and the weather too.
The new OS means that in the first few days of the release, many apps won’t be available. It is however finding a way to port apps from the desktop Linux distribution and as a result, around 1000 apps will be available for download initially.
The Scopes feature will be totally unique and the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu phone will storm the market in the beginning. Only time would tell if the crowd loves the phone or not.
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