BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition may have been the first phones launched with Ubuntu operating systems, but the device is rather an entry-level smrtphone with Mediatek MT6582 quad core Cortex A7 processor and 1GB RAM. If you’d like a much faster and powerful Ubuntu phone, Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2015.
The specs has not been disclosed yet, but it’s highly likely the hardware will be the same as the Android version of Meizu MX4:
- SoC – MediaTek MT6595 octa core processor with 4 Cortex A17 @ 2.2GHz, and 4 Cortex A7 @ 1.7GHz in big.LITTLE configuration with a PowerVR G6200 GPU.
- System Memory – 2GB dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM, 933MHz
- Storage – 16, 32, or 64GB eMMC
- Display – 5.36″ IPS touchscreen; 1920×1152 resolution; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Camera – 20.7MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspakers
- Cellular Connectivity – TD-LTE / FDD-LTE up to 150 Mbps / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 ac/b/g/n/a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port with MHL support (but not working for now)
- Sensors – Ambient Sensor, Gravity sensor, Hall Effect sensor, Infrared proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, Touch sensitive, Digital compass
- Misc – Power and Volume +/- buttons
- Battery – 3100 mAh battery (non-removable)
- Dimensions – 144.0 mm x 75.2 mm x 8.9 mm
- Weight – 147 g
Ubuntu would then replace Android 4.4 based Flyme OS 4.0 in the handset. There’s no word about convergence, and desktop use, which could be feasible thanks to the MHL function of the smartphone, but we’ll need to wait until MWC 2015 starting on March 2, to find out.
Availability and pricing have not been disclosed, but it will hopefully sell for the same price as the Android version, starting at around $325 shipped for the 16GB version.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.