The first smartphone released with Ubuntu Phone has been designed and developed in Spain, and its Operating System has been developed together with the Linux hacker community and a British company Canonical Ltd, lead by the South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.
Its name is BQ Aquaris E4.5, and it’s been developed by BQ, a company that is based in Madrid, BQ develops mobile devices and 3D printers.
In 2013 Ubuntu tried to develop a flagship smartphone via a crowd-funding campaign with a $32 Million goal, but the campaign only reached $12 Million. Despite thefailure, nowadays the Ubuntu campaign is known as the campaign that achieved the greatest amount of funding via a crowd-funding source.
Now the Ubuntu community and Canonical have decided to change their objective by launching a low cost smartphone.
In fact the first Ubuntu Phone will only available in Europe & priced at €169.00, as shown in our Infographic, it has a good price/quality ratio:
it works with a Quad Core Cortex A7 up to 1.3 GHz MediaTekCPU and a 1GB of RAM, is dual-SIM, has 8GB internal mass memory expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD cards, and a 8 Megapixelsdouble flash back camera and a 5 Megapixels front camera.
The strong points of this device is its Operating System, that’s pretty different from its competitors Android, iOS and the Windows Smartphones: the system is totally focused on the user experience and on the Scopes: they are like individual home screens for different kinds of content, giving you access to everything from movies and music to local services and social media, without having to go through individual apps.
The operating system’s weakness is its poor App marketplace. However, considering the way the Linux supporters work, we expect that problem will be solved very soon.