Media and communication State: Active


A solid entry-level smartphone. The Bq E5 HD was one of the first commercially available Ubuntu Touch devices!

Features & Usability

Automated Usability (beta)

Boots and runs well, essential features work correctly. It can be used as a mobile device running Ubuntu Touch OS. Recommended for advanced users.

  • Actors:

  •  Manual brightness
  •  Notification LED
  •  Torchlight
  •  Vibration
  • Camera:

  •  Flashlight
  •  Photo
  •  Video
  •  Switching between cameras
  • Cellular:

  •  Carrier info, signal strength
  •  Data connection
  •  Dual SIM functionality
  •  Incoming, outgoing calls
  •  MMS in, out
  •  PIN unlock
  •  SMS in, out
  •  Change audio routings
  •  Voice in calls
  •  Volume control in calls
  • Endurance:

  •  24+ hours battery lifetime
  •  7+ days stability
  • GPU:

  •  Boot into UI
  •  Hardware video playback
  • Misc:

  •  AppArmor patches
  •  Battery percentage
  •  Offline charging
  •  Online charging
  •  Recovery image
  •  Reset to factory defaults
  •  SD card detection and access
  •  RTC time
  •  Shutdown / Reboot
  • Network:

  •  Bluetooth
  •  Flight mode
  •  FM radio
  •  Hotspot
  •  WiFi
  • Sensors:

  •  Automatic brightness
  •  GPS
  •  Proximity
  •  Rotation
  •  Touchscreen
  • Sound:

  •  Earphones
  •  Loudspeaker
  •  Microphone
  •  Volume control
  • USB:

  •  MTP access
  •  ADB access

Confirmed, depending on the maintenance

Not Working

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Working to some extent but with issues

Global Issue

Issue is not specific to this device


Subject to port development

Release channels

This device gets updates through these channels, learn more about OTA updates

Ubuntu Release
Release Date
Xenialdevel2022-09-2726-09-2022Daily built development releases
Xenialedge2022-09-2726-09-2022Here be dragons
Xenialrc2022-W30/226-07-2022Testing before the next stable release
XenialstableOTA-2321-06-2022Stability over newer features (recommended)

Bq Aquaris E5 HD


CPUArm Cortex-A7 Quadcore @1300MHz
ChipsetMediaTek MT6582
GPUARM Mali-400 MP2 Dual Core @500MHz
Storage16 GB
Memory1 GB
Android VersionAndroid 4.0, upgradable to Android 4.4.2, ubuntu edition Ubuntu 15.04
BatteryLi-Po 2500 mAh
Display5 inches, 68.97 cm2 (~68,58% screen-to-body ratio), 750 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~294 ppi density)
Rear Camera13MP 4128x3096, 2MP 1920x1080@30fps
Front Camera5MP 2560x1920, 0.3MP 640x480@30fps
Dimensions142 x 71 x 8,7 mm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.34 in)
Weight134 g (4.73 oz)

Bq Aquaris E5 HD devices that are sold with Android have a locked bootloader, so those need to be manually unlocked by installing the manufacturers Ubuntu image before switching to UBports' release of Ubuntu Touch.