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Ubuntu Edge funding campaign collects $2M in under 12 hours

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Ubuntu Edge funding campaign collects $2M in under 12 hours
Earlier today, we let you know all about the newly announced Ubuntu Edge, which Canonical is planning as its flagship developer device that will show off its vision for convergent computing. In order to generate the cash needed to produce the device, Canonical turned to crowd-sourced funding on Indigogo with an aim of $32 million total; and, it's off to a solid start.

The funding campaign crossed the $2 million mark in under 12 hours; and, as of this writing the campaign was closing in on $2.5 million. There have already been over 4400 donors, including 2 donors who have gone for the "One of a Kind" option which costs $10,000. By far the most popular option has been the $600 option which will expire tomorrow at 11AM EST. 

It's no surprise that the $600 option is most popular, not only because of the expiration date, but because the Ubuntu Edge will be quite the beast of a device. Specs are subject to change, but Canonical is promising "the fastest available multi-core processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a massive 128GB of storage", and a 4.5" 1,280x720 sapphire crystal display. And, of course the big news is that the device will not only run Ubuntu Touch, which will become full Ubuntu when docked, but that the device will dual-boot Android. 

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posted on 22 Jul 2013, 20:35 7

1. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


i'm pretty sure most of the phones released in 2014 are going to be a 'beast' aswell, Ubuntu your not alone.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 23:11

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


But 600 dollars for a phone with the fastest multicore processor and 4gb of ram and that 128 display?

Next year's flagship may come with only 3 gb of ram and 64 gb of memory at max and I that will cost you around 800 dollars for sure.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 04:41

7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


128 gb memory**

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 20:52

2. jjjsong (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


I was thinking of funding it until I see the 720p screen. I have some issues with zoomed out text on my nexus 4 already with the 720p screen so I think higher resolution matters, despite their claim on it being an overhead.

I do like their hardware design though.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 23:09

3. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This is a great device if one may ask. Haters gonna hate on that display, but I see no big advantages with the 1080p display with today's flagship phones. Ohhh that 4gb of ram and 128 gb of memory. Not to mention the dual booting capabilities.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 23:24

5. cncrim (Posts: 533; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Roommer

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 23:26

6. persikon (Posts: 29; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


With those Specs sure its gonna be a great contender. With a cohesive User-Interface, fast web-browser, and great camera, would be enough for me!

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 04:54

8. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This is how a surface phone would look like if there's one haha

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