BQ Introduces Its Second Ubuntu Phone: Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition

BQ launched the first Ubuntu phone to the market with Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, but it felt quite low end with a 540 x 960 display and 8GB storage. They company has now announced another version with the same processor, but larger 5″ display with a higher resolution (720p) and 16GB storage. BQ Aquaris E5 HD specifications: SoC – Quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.3 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 500 MHz (likely Mediatek MT6582) System memory – 1 GB Storage – 16 GB eMMC, microSD card (up to 32 GB) Display – 5″ IPS multi-touch screen (5-point); 1280 x 720 resolution Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS Cellular Connectivity –  2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900),  3G HSPA+ (900/2100). Dual micro SIM. Audio – 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone, Ambient noise cancellation, Camera – 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera with autofocus and dual flash USB – micro USB […]

Ubuntu 15.04 Released for PCs, Servers, IoT Gateways, the Cloud, and Phones

The road to convergence is a long one, and although you still can’t really use a smartphone as both a phone and your desktop computers, Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” releases brings us closer to this goal, as the Linux based operating systems now supports not only the traditional PCs and servers, but also the Cloud and IoT platforms thanks to Ubuntu Snappy, and phones such as BQ Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. Most changes for Desktop users are under the hood with Upstart replaced by systemd, the Linux kernel is now up to version 3.19, and many packages have been upgraded to a newer version. You can download i386 (32-bit x86) and amd64 (64-bit x86) desktop or server ISO images, and for the first time Ubuntu Snappy for generic amd64 platform, as well as an ARMHF image made for BeagleBone Black, which AFAIK is the very first time Ubuntu formally releases […]

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is the First Official Ubuntu Smartphone

Canonical announced its plans for Ubuntu for Phone over 2 years ago, and all that work may finally pay off, as BQ Readers will soon launch Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, the first Ubuntu smartphone that’s based on the company’s Aquaris E4.5 smartphone running Android 4.4. BQ Aquaris E4.5 (Ubuntu Edition) specifications: SoC – Mediatek MT6582 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.3 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 500 MHz System memory – 1 GB Storage – 8 GB eMMC, microSD card (up to 32 GB) Display – 4.5″ IPS multi-touch screen (5-point); qHD (540 x 960) resolution Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, FM Radio, GPS and A-GPS Cellular Connectivity –  2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900),  3G HSPA+ (900/2100). Dual micro SIM. Audio – 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone, Ambient noise cancellation, Dolby sound technology Camera – 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera with autofocus and flash USB – micro USB […]

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