BQ AND CANONICAL have jointly announced the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition, the second smartphone to arrive powered by the Ubuntu Mobile operating system.
The launch of the Aquaris E5 HD follows the "successful" release of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, which made its debut February and promptly sold out.
BQ's latest model improves on its predecessor with a larger 5in 720x1280 IPS screen and a 13MP rear-facing camera complete with dual flash, high-quality Largan lenses and BSI sensors.
The BQ Aquaris E5 HD uses the same 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek A7 processor, which comes paired with 1GB RAM. The handset will ship with 16GB storage, twice the 8GB found on the original model.
If it's anything like the non-Ubuntu version of the phone, which ships with Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system, the Aquaris E5 HD will also come with 4G connectivity onboard.
Cristian Parrino, vice president of mobile at Canonical, said: "Bringing a new operating system to market requires partners who are willing to challenge the status quo of the mobile industry.
"BQ is a fearless innovator whose risk with Ubuntu has already paid off. The launch of this second device in Europe marks an amazing milestone for both companies."
Alberto Méndez, CEO of BQ, added: "We have devised the BQ-Canonical collaboration as a long-term project. Our next objective, which we are already working on, is convergence. We firmly believe in Ubuntu and the philosophy behind it."
The BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition will be available to buy from mid-June priced at €199.90, or around £145.
The smartphone will be sold unlocked, and Canonical said that it will offer customers dual-SIM functionality.
It is unclear whether, like its predecessor, the handset will be offered with a GiffGaff SIM when it goes on sale at BQ's online shop later this month. µ
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