Smartphones are a mixed bag. They all have their differences, but behind the operating system they are all pretty much the same. They have a display, a data connection,  a web browser and a camera or two. What is different is the operating system that the phone runs on. It is down to a personal preference really, but at the end of the day, it is designed to run the apps you need and love. Whether you opt for Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows OS or the Android platform, the choice depends upon what you need it for and what you like.

The world’s-first Ubuntu Phone device has been announced and it will be coming to your doorstep very soon. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 is a dual-sim handset that comes with a relatively low price tag.

The firm that is behind Ubuntu, Canonical says, “The world’s first Ubuntu phone — the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition — will be available across Europe from through a series of Flash Sales over the coming weeks. The BQ Ubuntu smartphone, which puts content at the heart of the experience, is the perfect balance between price and specifications and will cost 169.90 Euros. The date, time and URL for the first Flash Sale will be announced through @Ubuntu and @bqreaders on Twitter as well as Ubuntu G+ and Ubuntu Facebook within the next week.” 

They continue: “the sleek, 8GB Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition comes in black. It features a five megapixel front camera and eight megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dual flash and full HD (1080p) for super-sharp video. The rear camera is also equipped with high-quality BSI sensors and a Largan lens. It features a MediaTek Quad Core Cortex A7 processor running at up to 1.3 GHz and 1GB RAM for a faster experience.”

The big question you need to ask is for €169, shouldn’t I buy an Android or Windows device? Like I said, the decision is yours to make, but unless you are an avid Ubuntu fan (I know a few) there are many other options available for you to choose from.

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