Updated: August 23, 2015 11:08:17 am
Spanish handset manufacturer BQ today announced its partnership with Snapdeal to sell India’s first smartphones running on Ubuntu OS by August end. The new smartphones called Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition were launched in Europe earlier this year. The Aquaris E4.5 will costs Rs 11,999 while the Aquaris E5 is priced at Rs 13,499.
“There’s been palpable demand for Ubuntu Phones in India since the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition was launched earlier this year. India has long been, and continues to be, a priority market for Ubuntu, having had a successful and established PC business in the region for many years,” according to a statement.
The 8GB Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition features a 5MP front camera and 8MP A/F rear camera with dual flash and Full HD (1080p) video recording. It runs on a MediaTek quad-core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB RAM.
The Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition features a 5-inch 720p HD IPS display along with a 5MP front camera and 13MP rear camera, powered by high quality Largan lenses and BSI sensors. Both the dual SIM devices will be available in Black colour.
“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,” said Cristian Parrino, VP Mobile at Canonical.
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