Ubuntu phone in South Africa: Aquaris E5 HD unboxing

BQ recently launched its Ubuntu global store, which sells and ships the Aquaris E5 HD and Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu smartphones to countries like South Africa.

While you are required to pay in Euros, no shipping fees or taxes are levied at checkout. You must just pay the relevant duties and taxes over to SARS when the device lands in South Africa.

To test the service, MyBroadband ordered an Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition for €199.90, and a Duo Case for €16.90 from BQ.com

The service was nothing short of amazing.

Not only were there no shipping fees or additional taxes levied, the items were ordered on 13 August and UPS delivered them by 18 August.

SARS did take its pound of flesh: R489.02 VAT, and R72.60 in duties.

UPS was also paid a R119.70 fee for handling all the customs admin for us.

For your money you’ll get the essentials: the phone, a travel charger, a micro USB cable, and a SIM ejector. You can watch our unboxing video of the smartphone, which is embedded below.

Our device is on its way to our regular reviewer, and you can expect an article giving our hands-on experiences with the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition in the near future.

Note that we bought the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition from the BQ.com Global Store, not the UK shop as stated in the video.

The specifications are summarised in the table below.

Specifications Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
Maker BQ / Mundo Reader
Dimensions 142 x 71 x 8.65 mm
Weight 134g
Operating system Ubuntu Touch
Display 5″ 720p (720×1280)
Rear camera 13-18MP
Front camera 5-8MP
Storage, internal 16GB
Storage, expandable microSD
RAM 1GB
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek
Graphics Mali 400-MP2
Battery 2,500mAh
Cellular data HSPA+
SIM type Dual micro-SIM
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition front, back, and side
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition front, back, and side
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition back
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition back
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition press shots
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition press shots
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition interface
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition interface
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition
Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition

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