THE FIRST UBUNTU SMARTPHONE, otherwise known as BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, has gone on sale.
The first batch of Ubuntu-powered handsets will be made available through a series of flash sales, and the first was announced via Twitter on Wednesday.
The handset is available to pick up now from the BQ website for €169.90 (around £125), and UK buyers will be offered a Giffgaff SIM when they purchase it. No exact shipping date has been mentioned, but BQ is that buyers will receive a delivery in March.
However, just a few hours after it went on sale, the Ubuntu smartphone has already sold out - with the website promising more stock at the next flash sale.
The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition was announced last week as the first phone to be powered by a mobile version of Canonical's operating system.
As the price tag suggests, it hasn't got too much going for it in the specs department. There's a 4.5in screen, Mediatek A7 quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM and 8GB built-in storage. The camera on the rear of the phone is 8MP, and there's a 5MP snapper on the front.
The handset doesn't run the latest 'Snappy' version of Ubuntu either. It does come with a UI called Scopes, however, which consists of subject-based visual home screens, rather than menus, and reflects the web-app basis of the phone.
Scopes was first announced this time last year as a "credible alternative" to existing operating systems. µ
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