The Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition handsets made its final way into the market of India, soon be available exclusively on Snapdeal. Conanical, the UK based company has finally made the Ubuntu-powered Aquaris smartphones in India and will go on sale by the end of this month of August.
Actually Canonical teamed up with European handset maker BQ to make its Ubuntu Editions, which has launched the oft-mentioned Aquaris smartphone earlier this year in Europe – Aquaris E4.5 launched in February and the Aquaris E5 debuted in June.
Features and Specifications:
The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition packs a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display with Dragontrail glass protection, is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek Processor paired with Mali 400-MP2 GPU for better graphics, it is clubbed with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with expandable microSD crad support. It runs on Ubuntu Touch OS, has a Dual SIM slot with 3G connectivity features and it is backed by a 2150mAh battery. Camera on its front it has a 5MP Selfie shooter and on its back it flaunts 8MP sensor with dual LED flash, f/2.4 aperture, and capable to record 1080p FHD videos.
The Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition comes with a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display with Dragontrail glass protection, 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek CPU with Mali 400-MP2 GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB expandable microSD card support, Dual SIM and offers 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. But this edition packs a 2500mAh battery, and the rest of the specs are pretty similar to the E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and of course the dimensions are not same as the Aquaris E5 measures in at (71 x 142 x 8.65 mm; Weight: 134 grams) and the E4.5 go with 67 x 133 x 9 mm; Weight: 123 grams.
Both the Ubuntu Editions has Scopes especially with Indian users that include Zomato, Star Plus, Zee TV, Eros Now, NDTV and Times of India. The Aquaris E4.5 is priced at Rs 11,999 and the Aquaris E5 costs Rs 13,499. Available to purchase by the end of this month, exclusively on Snapdeal.
German Lopez, COO of Spanish handset manufacturer BQ, said:
The success we have seen with the Aquaris E4.5 and E5 Ubuntu Editions in Europe has precipitated this follow-on launch with Snapdeal in India. Snapdeal has proven to be an ideal launch partner given its fervent commitment to introducing exclusive and novel products to the Indian market, to ensure customers get a broad and differentiated choice.
Cristian Parrino, VP Mobile at Canonical, said:
Launching Ubuntu phones in India is a fantastic milestone as we strive to make Ubuntu phones available to enthusiasts and developers in as many markets as possible, during this first phase of our launch. I am thrilled that our partners BQ and Snapdeal have the drive and foresight to make this happen.
Tony Navin, Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Snapdeal comments:
India is now globally one of the most attractive smartphone markets. Online, we are seeing an increasing demand for differentiated and versatile mobile devices that are feature rich at an affordable price and the Aquaris E4.5 and E5 with Ubuntu OS are great fits for the Indian market. We are very excited about our partnership with Ubuntu and look forward to successful relationship ahead.