Canonical has announced the world’s first Ubuntu Smartphone dubbed as Ubuntu Edge. The phone packs unique specifications for the future as it will be launched in the future on May 14, 2014 and is into funding on Indiegogo. The Smartphone will pack a 4.5 inch HD display with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, the largest we have even seen or heard of in a Smartphone. It will also be LTE, and NFC enabled.
Here is a list of specifications for the Ubuntu Edge:
- Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
- Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
- Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
- 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
- 8MP low-light rear camera, 2MP front camera
- Globally unlocked Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
- GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
- Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
- MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
- Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
- 64 x 9 x 124mm
Canonical has put up an Indiegogo funding campaign for $32 million (21.5 million pounds) in the first 31 days and a day after, it has already achieved more than $3.3 million or roughly 10% of its target. Canonical was offering the Edge for $600 first 5000 backers and it is now available for $830 for everyone else. It has also put up a 50 ‘One of its Kind’ units at $10,000 each, which will get you the first 50 Edge Smartphones produced, email access to phone’s designers and developers, an invite to the phone’s launch event and a spot on the Ubuntu Edge Founders’ page.
Canonical is also offering 50 bundles of 100 Edge Smartphones each to enterprises for $80,000 a bundle and it includes the complete online support to integrate Ubuntu into the workplace. If you just want to be featured on the Founders’ page and be a part of all discussions and project updates, you can get it for $20. The company explains that none of the other phone manufacturer has been ambitious enough to try to put all things in one package.
Here is explanation of Canonical’s objective behind the project in its own words:
In the car industry, Formula 1 provides a commercial testbed for cutting-edge technologies. The Ubuntu Edge project aims to do the same for the mobile phone industry — to provide a low-volume, high-technology platform, crowdfunded by enthusiasts and mobile computing professionals.
Ubuntu Edge looks more like a premium piece of rectangular slate with sharp edges and buttons. We reported about the Ubuntu Edge some time ago when a trademark filing was spotted. The company has also released a teaser and a software video for aficionados to hang on to.