Canonical launches crowdfunding campaign to produce the Ubuntu Edge smartphone
With the line between smartphone and tablet becoming increasingly blurred (as with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra), and the line between tablets and full PCs fading as well (Microsoft Surface Pro), it was probably only a matter of time before someone tried a more ambitious merging – that of smartphone and desktop PC.
The Ubuntu Edge is meant to be a truly state of the art product, and will make use of all of the latest and greatest technologies available. At this pre-production stage, its confirmed list of features is already daunting. Highlights include the ability to dual boot the Ubuntu mobile OS and Android, full Ubuntu desktop when the device is docked, the fastest multi-core CPU available at the time of production, at least 4 GB of RAM, a massive 128 GB internal memory, a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display (focusing more on color and image quality than pixel count), sapphire crystal display protection, dual-LTE, dual-band wifi, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation, and a silicone anode Lithium ion battery for maximum battery life.
The new device is not intended for mass production, but rather as a limited run premium gadget. The only way to obtain one is through Canonical's indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The campaign goal is a record breaking US$32 million, but the Edge is off to a great start with over US$1.4 million raised in the first day.
Those interested can get an Ubuntu Edge for a donation of US$830. The superphone is expected to ship in May of 2014.