Ubuntu Edge Smartphone PC Hits Indiegogo
Canonical has announced Ubuntu for Phones and Ubuntu for Tablets at the beginning of the year, with the goal of bringing Ubuntu operating system to mobile devices, and transform high-end devices into the new PC when they are connected to an HDMI display. It turns out mobile phone manufacturers may not be ready to take the risk launching a completely new high-end platform to the market, so Canonical decided to leverage the power of crowdfunding but launching an Indiegogo campaign for Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone with hardware specs like no others, capable of running both Android and Ubuntu, and fully replacing your PC when docked.
Ubuntu Edge Preliminary/Targeted Specifications:
- SoC – “Fastest Multicore Processor Available”
- System Memory – At least 4 GB RAM
- Storage – 128 GB flash
- Display – 4.5″ display with the best balance of resolution (720p), dynamic range and color accuracy, covered with sapphire crystal glass (Unscratchable, unless you happen to carry diamond in your pocket).
- Camera – 8MP low-light rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera
- Connectivity – 802.11n dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Dual antenna LTE, NFC, GPS
- Sensors – Accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
- Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
- MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
- Battery – Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery (See Nexeon for details about the technology. Canonical did not mention Nexeon at all, but that’s the first site I found with some informations)
- Dimensions – 64 x 9 x 124mm
With this type of specs, you should not be surprised it does not come cheap. Early adopters can get it for $600 (first day only), and if you miss the window, you’ll have to pledge $830 to eventually receive the device in May 2014, if there are no delays. The price may seem high, but it’s not that much pricier than high-end Samsung or Apple smartphones, and you’ll be able to completely ditch your PC. To make that project become a reality, Canonical needs volume, and they’ll need $32 million (equivalent to about 40,000 phones) for the project to go ahead, AFAIK that would the biggest ever successful crowdfunding if they reach that target.