The good looking device that you see above is the Ubuntu Edge, a ‘super-phone’ powerful enough to give you a full Ubuntu desktop when connected to an external monitor. So it will be ‘the world’s first truly converged’ device, according to Canonical.
Of course, getting there is the hard part. Canonical doesn’t exactly have a giant bag filled with countless million, so instead they have started a $32 million crowd-funding campaign at indiegogo to make the Ubuntu Edge a reality.
At the time of writing this story, they have managed to raise more than $3,250,000 (within a day) with 30 days left. The concept device was available for the 24-hour introductory price of $600, but now it’s $830 per device (plus $30 if you are not in the US and the UK).
So why is this concept device big? Well, just take a look at its specs below:
- The “fastest available” multi-core CPU
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB SSD
- 4.5″ Sapphire Crystal screen (1280×720 HD resolution)
- Dual cameras (8MP rear, 2MP front)
- MHL connector (supporting HDMI)
- Long-life silicon anode battery
- Dual-LTE, NFC, Dual-band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4
- GPS, Barometer, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyro, etc
- The device will also dual boot Ubuntu Touch and Android.
As you might know, the Pebble smartwatch is the most successful crowd-funding campaign so far. The project managed to raise more than $10 million on Kickstarter. But the Ubuntu Edge has a higher goal, although not as high as the Death Star.
According to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, “To make it happen we will have to smash every record in crowdfunding history”.
“But if there are enough enthusiasts who want the ultimate in performance, storage, screen, battery and bandwidth, Ubuntu Edge will be the catalyst for awesome innovation, and a taste of the future of the phone”.
Check out the video below to know more about the project.
This phone certainly looks like a beast, but does Canonical have what it takes to make the phone a true success? For now, all we can do is wait and see.
Source: omg! Ubuntu