Spanish phone maker BQ launches its 2nd Ubuntu Phone this month; the Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition.
The BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 2.0GHz True8Core 8 core processor & features a 5-inch 720 x 1280 HD IPS (OGS) screen. The memory is handled by 1GB of RAM, with 16GB of storage and a microSD slot to expand that.
The camera is a 13-megapixel one, with dual flash & is a cabable to shoot full-HD 1080p video. On the front is a 5-megapixel camera for video calling or low-res selfies. A remarkable hardware feature is its Dual-SIM capability, not rare for Chinese smartphones, but quite rare for other smartphones.
The BQ Aquaris E5 was already available with Android pre-installed, but after the succes of the former Aquarius E4.5 BQ which had Ubuntu Phone pre-installed BQ decided to do the same trick with the Aquaris E5. Ubuntu Phone takes a slightly different approach than the app-based system known from Android phones. Instead of home screens you have “scopes” that mix together, for example, online sources of video such as YouTube with the videos saved on your phone. The main idea behind this is you don’t need to open separate apps; if you want to watch a video, they’re all stored in one place. Essentially these are HTML5 Web apps and “scopes” are intended to be simpler to develop than a full-blown app.
The BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition will be launched in mid-June across the entire European Union for about 200 Euros.