Jul 22 AT 12:18 PM Nick Gray 14 Comments

Canonical launches Indiegogo campaign to fund Ubuntu Edge dual-booting smartphone


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.

Will you help fund the Ubuntu Edge project?

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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

Source: indiegogo

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • renyo

    Sweet! Also note the 600 bucks offer for the phone will expire tomorrow i.e. Tuesday…

  • lou2cool88

    This is one nice-looking piece of hardware… Plus the fact that it dual-boots Android is definitely a plus, considering apps will most likely be scarce at first. I’ll be curious to see whether developers will port their apps over from Android or iOS.

  • epps720

    This sounds awesome if I had $600 to burn

  • epps720

    Those specs and a $600 price tag, seem like a real tall task for any OEM let alone a first timer

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The $600 price only applies to 5,000 units sold today. All other device will be sold at $830. Keep in mind, most phones sold at $600 only cost about $350 to make. This device does have a lot more storage (128GB) and RAM 4GB) than your traditional smartphone, but a 720p 4.5-inch display helps keep the cost down a little. The processor has not yet been named, so we would see a Snapdragon 800 be used for the Ubuntu Edge which won’t be the latest and greatest processor by the time the phone is released.

      • Stefan Sanjay Buddle

        The cost of the extra storage and ram arent what’s making it cost so much at all. Look at Apple, it’s estimated that on the iPad 4 they were paying around .55/GB of storage and the Dram only cost ~8.50. I don’t think that translates into a $200 premium over a GS4 at retail cost, granted the processor might be different i.e Snapdragon 800

  • bob

    What?? 128GB of storage on a mobile device?? If I had that much storage on my phone, I wouldn’t need to worry about an SD card anymore. It’s too bad they have to save on screen resolution to get it below $1000 though. Galaxy S4 owns it in pretty much every category besides storage space and is almost $200 cheaper off-contract (not counting the one-day $600 special).

    I think I’ll wait for it to hit eBay.

  • pjamies

    People it is not just about the phone, it’s about the future of phones!
    This project has the ability to truly remove the standard desktop from your
    desk, and allow 1 device to become a convergence platform.
    We have been talking about this transformation for a while now, and here
    we actually have a company taking that ‘next step’.
    If this works as described, it could the start of a whole new generation of
    mobile communication devices.
    We are already using our phones to do a lot of what is talked about, but to
    have it completely replace our desktop CPU’s would be a huge game changer.
    Yes, there are Tablets, and they have their place in the workforce, but mine
    does not fit in my pocket, so this would be a much better fit.
    And Yes, at the moment they do not have the video horse power to compete with
    high-end PC/MACs that do graphical rendering/modeling, but we have seen phone
    processors and video evolve quickly, and I’m sure in a few years we will see phones
    catch up.

  • Jamie B

    My God, if I had $600 to burn right now, I’d be all over this.

    I saw something about this earlier, around noon (EST) and when I checked it 6 hours later it was over $2.5 million already.

    I’d absolutely love to get my hands on this thing.

  • donger

    Wow, interesting.

  • cypher

    Does anyone know if the CPU architecture will be ARM or x86 (not sure if it’s mentioned in any of the videos because I can’t watch them at the moment)?

    This phone seems really interesting and if it has Merrifield inside (Bay Trail for smartphones) then I can easily see this being my next phone when my contract is completed in June 2014.

  • cypher

    Forgot to mention, if they also added a tablet dock like the Asus PadFone series and a 13 inch Laptop Dock like what Motorola did I think that it would sell pretty well.