The Ubuntu Edge is a new smartphone in the works that dual-boots Android and Ubuntu Phone OS. It also converts into an Ubuntu-based desktop computer when docked.
Currently, the team behind the smartphone is asking for funding support on Indiegogo, where they aim to raise $32,000,000 in only a month’s time. The UK-based startup recognizes that this is a massive amount; in fact, it is supposedly the largest crowdfunding goal ever. However, the startup believes that targeting such a large amount allows them to sell the device at a more competitive price, since more handsets produced lowers the cost of each phone. Pledging the introductory price of $600 gets you the smartphone, which will be shipped on May 2014. On the other hand, if the startup is not able to raise the goal within a month, the smartphone will not be produced, but the company will continue its work in developing the mobile software.
Specifications and Design
The Ubuntu Edge comes with an unspecified multi-core CPU that promises to be speedy, 128GB of internal storage space, 4GB of RAM, and a 4.5-inch HD scratch-proof sapphire crystal display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Two cameras are on board, including an 8 MP rear-facing low-light camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera. Connectivity-wise, dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC are all supported. Powering the device is a silicon-anode Li-Ion battery with an unspecified capacity, but which allegedly offers plenty of battery juice. The smartphone also packs stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation, MHL connector, a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as the following sensors: GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, and barometer. The Ubuntu Edge has dimensions of 64 x 9 x 124 mm.
In terms of design, the Ubuntu Edge promises a clutter-free screen, and an intuitive UI that eliminates the need for a home button. The smartphone itself is made out of a textured metal which is shaped in such a way that ensures the comfort of the user.
If you are interested in a smartphone with both Android and Ubuntu, check out the smartphone’s Indiegogo page.