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Ubuntu Touch finalized, first phones coming this year

Chris Hoffman | Sept. 29, 2014
These phones will be sold off-contract, and you can expect the pricing to be more mainstream than the US$749 iPhone 6 Plus.

This more powerful hardware is good news if true, and it bodes well for Ubuntu's vision of computing convergence. The eventual goal is to have your phone act as the brains for your PC, so you connect it to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and have it drive your entire desktop computer experience, switching between Ubuntu Touch and the desktop version of Ubuntu to fit the interface you're working with.

A BQ phone could ship soon, too, and maybe even before Meizu's. We haven't seen any leaks about it yet, though. BQ just showed off a BQ Aquaris running Ubuntu back in March. Plans can change; at the time, Meizu was going to release Ubuntu on the Meizu MX3, while it now looks like the Ubuntu edition will be of the newer Meizu MX4. BQ could put Ubuntu on a newer phone, too.

Ubuntu phones will cost $200-$400, probably
We don't know exactly how much these phones will cost. However, they will be sold off-contract, and you can expect the pricing to be more mainstream than the $749 iPhone 6 Plus.

In March, Mark Shuttleworth shared Canonical's pricing vision for phones running Ubuntu at CeBIT. He said they would "come out in the mid-higher edge, so $200 to $400." Canonical is shooting higher to provide a good, high-quality experience, while Mozilla is chasing the extreme low-end by trying to make $25 Firefox OS phones.

Pricing is still up-in-the-air, however. Canonical quickly clarified to Ars Technica that "the final pricing structures and go to market plans will be set by our partners, Meizu and BQ."


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