The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition aims to change the way we use our smartphones when it launches in Europe on February 9th.
Unlike other operating systems that display apps in grids, Ubuntu Phone will aggregate content and services in a feature called “Scopes.” This offers various home screens based on categories. A music Scope, for example, may aggregate MP3s stored on your device with playlists from YouTube. Clicking the source then opens it to full screen, much like using a traditional app.
The handset is the world’s first Ubuntu smartphone, offering another alternative to iOS and Android, which currently dominate the market. The OS ecosystem will launch with around 1,000 apps available. Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and Yelp are among the native apps available on Ubuntu Phone. One notable absence is WhatsApp.
The BQ Aquaris E4.5 features a 4.5-inch QHD display, a 1.3GHz MediaTek Quad Core Cortex A7 processor, and 1GB of RAM. It packs an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera.
Europe will get its hands on the handset from February 9th. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 will go on flash sale for €169.90. Only a limited number are available, so if you’re interested in snapping up one of the first wave, you’ll have to keep your eyes on @Ubuntu and @bqreaders on Twitter to find out when are where to buy one.
More flash sales are planned, followed by a widespread release in Europe in the next two to three weeks.