Canonical has announced the first Ubuntu smartphone. Dubbed as Ubuntu Edge, the phone is a very interesting piece of device. Almost everything about the phone is something that you don’t normally see.
First, Canonical wants to raise $32 million (21.5 million pounds) on Indiegogo to build this smartphone. Yes, you read it right. The company is asking prospective consumers to put in money for it to make an Ubuntu phone and it is hoping to do it in 31 days. At the time of writing this post, it had already raised over $160,000.
“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,” Canonical writes in Indiegogo listing.
You can put in $600 today to reserve an Ubuntu Edge unit for yourself, which will otherwise cost $830 starting tomorrow. For so much money, you will get a 4.5-inch display totting smartphone that can run on both Ubuntu Touch and Android and packs 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and LTE support. The phone goes on sale in May 2014.
Here is a look at the currently revealed features of 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
- 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