Canonical, the UK based company which has made the Ubuntu operating system, is all set to launch its Ubuntu operating system based Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 smrtphones in India soon. Aquaris has joined hands exclusively with Snapdeal to launch these two phones in India. Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 are priced at Rs 11,999 and Rs 13,499 respectively and will be available only on Snapdeal by the end of this month.
Canonical, which had teamed up with European handset maker BQ to make its Ubuntu based phones, had launched these two Aquaris smartphones earlier this year in Europe – Aquaris E4.5 was launched in February while the Aquaris E5 was launched in June.
Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition has a 4.5 inch qHD display with Dragontrail glass, an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual flash light and a 5- megapixel front camera. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. For storage, it has 8 GB of internal memory. Besides, it has a 2150 mAh battery, dual micro SIM slot, 32 GB expandable storage, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, and a host of sensors.
The Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition comes with 5 inch display with IPS screen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and Dragontrail glass. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera that is equipped with a Largan lens and BSI sensor. For selfies, it has a 5 megapixel front camera. Other than that it has 16 GB of internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory slot, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, 1 GB RAM, 1.3 Ghz quad core processor, GPS with A-GPS and a 2500 mAh battery. It measures 142 x 71 x 8.65 mm and weighs 134 grams.
Cristian Parrino, vice president, Mobile at Canonical, commented “Launching Ubuntu phones in India is a fantastic milestone as we strive to make Ubuntu phones available to enthusiasts and developers in as many marketsas 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 opined, “India is now one of the most attractive smartphone markets globally. 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”