Canonical Ubuntu Edge sets new crowdfunding record

Canonical Ubuntu Edge has set a new record as the highest-earning fixed crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It has surpassed the record set by the Pebble smartwatch by raising $10,671,147 in funds even before its campaign ends on August 21st, or five days from today. Pebble, for its part, raised $10,266,845 for its smartwatch, and held its title for more than a year.

Canonical Ubuntu Edge
Canonical Ubuntu Edge

That said, the amount raised by Canonical is still less than its goal of $32,000,000. Given that it has a fixed crowdfunding campaign, Ubuntu Edge will only get funds if it raises such amount by August 21st. Still, it is a great feat for Canonical, which also raised $3,000,000 in only twelve hours after the campaign was launched.

On its Indiegogo page, Canonical gave a shout out to the top contributing nations to its campaign. These are the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland, and Norway, in that order. Canonical reports that over 14,500 Ubuntu Edge pledges have been made by its backers. The lowest amount that backers may contribute is $20, which enables the backer to be part of the Ubuntu Edge community, and have access to updates. Meanwhile, the largest contribution it has ever received is $80,000, which was made by Bloomberg. $50 gets a backer an Ubuntu Edge T-Shirt while $695 entitles one to the smartphone. This smartphone had been repriced from $895 to the current offering just earlier this month. Such device will also come with a year’s subscription to LastPass Premium, and is estimated to be shipped in May 2014. $7,000 is the cost of an Enterprise Starter Kit, which includes 10 Ubuntu Edge smartphones. $10,000, meanwhile, will entitle a backer to the first 50 Ubuntu Edge smartphones to be produced.

If you are not familiar with the Canonical Ubuntu Edge,  it is a device that dual-boots into Ubuntu Mobile OS and Android, and runs Ubuntu Desktop OS when attached to a display. Among its specifications are a a 4.5-inch HD scratch-proof sapphire crystal display, 128GB of internal storage space, 4GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery, and a multi-core processor. Here is the link to its Indiegogo page if you want to be a backer.

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3 Replies to “Canonical Ubuntu Edge sets new crowdfunding record”

  1. “I think it’s just too expensive.”

    The Edge will have Sapphire glass, a surface so hard that you need diamonds to scratch it.

    Ubuntu Edge will also have a new type battery (silicon-anode Li-Ion battery), that is expectet to have x5 to x10 better capacity than current batteries.

    “Nanowire battery can hold 10 times the charge of existing lithium-ion battery”

    An unlocked iPhone 5 costs $849, and a unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $750. Ubuntu Edge costs $695.

    See the comparison chart at indiegogo:

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