Ubuntu Edge is the latest gadget to hit Indiegogo. Canonical’s plan for the Ubuntu Edge is to give users world class technology on a device that can dual-boot into Android and Ubuntu Mobile. Edge will feature a multi-core CPU with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD display covered in sapphire crystal, 8MP camera with improved low light capabilities, stereo speakers and the usual array of GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer sensors. The Ubuntu Edge will be housed in a textured aluminum shell that measures 64 x 9 x 124mm.
On the software side, Ubuntu Mobile does away with system buttons and relies exclusively on swiping gestures from all four edges of the screen to access your favorite apps. You can switch instantly between open apps and access notifications or app/system settings. Users have the ability to turn the Ubuntu Edge into a full desktop computer by connecting the phone directly to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. For developers, there’s definitely a lot of appeal to create applications for Ubuntu Edge, as well. With the Ubuntu SDK, developers can create a single native application that has desktop, tablet and phone interfaces. If you’re not too keen on switching over to Ubuntu Mobile, the Edge will dual-boot Android as well, giving users a familiar experience and the full catalog of Android apps.
In the long term, Canonical does not want to be in the business of building phones, but they feel a device like the Edge is needed in order to get Ubuntu Mobile into the public and show OEMs what the mobile platform is able to achieve. The Edge is intended primarily for early adopters and phone fanatics, but Ubuntu may consider making one new device per year if there is enough demand.
In the time it’s taken us to write this story, the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign has jumped from $185,000 to $350,000. We expect that number to grow exponentially over the next few hours, but there’s certainly a long way to go before Ubuntu reaches the $32,000,000 goal it has set for itself.
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Ubuntu Edge hardware specifications
- 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