Canonical's Aquaris E4.5 is the World's First Ubuntu Smartphone (Here's How to Buy One)

By Lifehacker UK on at

Canonical is set to launch the world's first Ubuntu smartphone, the Aquaris E4.5, via a series of flash sales over the coming weeks.

The Aquaris E4.5 features a 4.5in display, quad-core MediaTek SoC with Cortex-A7 CPUs clocked at up to 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter.

Set to retail for €169.90 (about £125, presumably before VAT), the dual-SIM, 4G-ready device will come unlocked and introduce a new UI in Ubuntu Scopes.

Scopes is designed to create an "unfragmented experience" for users, visually foregrounding digital services like music, social media, the web, and photos on the home screen instead of presenting content in a traditional icon grid. (We're keen to see how this pans out in the flesh before passing any further judgment).

The introduction of an Ubuntu-based phone could prove a boon for businesses, given its deployment in the enterprise market, as well as opening up new doors for Linux developers in the mobile world.

Dates, times and URLs for the flash sales will be announced over the next week via the @Ubuntu and @bqreaders Twitter accounts, as well as the Ubuntu Facebookpage, so keep tabs on these for the latest updates.

Canonical's Ubuntu Aquaris E4.5 will initially come in one flavour, black, and giffgaff will be offering UK buyers SIM bundles at purchase.

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