The benefits of an Ubuntu phone first came to the public's attention back in August 2013 when the UK-based company created the Ubuntu operating system—Canonical.

The company attempted to fund it through one of the most ambitious crowd funding campaigns of all times.
The company wanted USD 32 million in funding to build a handset that was incredibly sleek with a premium feel but was capable of connecting to peripherals and working like a desktop computer while still letting the user make and answer calls and check text messages.

It got close to the target, and plans to build that particular handset were shelved.

The phone that has essentially risen from the ashes of that campaign -- the Aquaris E4.5 -- will have considerably more mundane specifications including a 4.5-inch screen, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and will also be considerably cheaper -- just USD170. But it will be running a version of Ubuntu which has a unique way of pulling together and presenting information to users.

The feature, called Scope, is a screen that aggregates and displays all of the information on the handset and within apps on a specific subject -- there's no need to find and click onto an app and launch it first in order to get at what's there.