Twelve hours ago, Canonical started its campaign to crowd source funding for its first smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge. This is probably the most ambitious crowd sourcing campaign in history. Canonical aims to raise US$32 million in thirty days. In less than thirteen hours, Canonical has raised a tad over US$3 million. Those contributing US$600 for the phone, are expected to take delivery of their Ubuntu Edge handsets in May 2014. The offer at US$600 is open to the first 5,000 takers and only for the first 24 hours. After that, those wanting to fund this project will have to fork out US$830.
The Ubuntu Edge has the following specifications (subject to change):
– 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
I will take a closer look at this phone and offer later. But in case any of you want to avail of the offer, there are less than 100 slots, and about 11 hours left, to avail of this handset at US$600.
Interested in the Edge? Follow this link.