Canonical announces Ubuntu Edge smartphone, launches funding campaign

Canonical announces Ubuntu Edge smartphone, launches funding campaign
Canonical, the central muscle behind the development of the Ubuntu operating system and the forthcoming mobile rendering of the OS, has launched an audacious crowd-sourcing campaign to launch what it describes as the Formula 1 of mobile technology.

The reference is based on the cutting edge automotive technology that is developed on the race track and eventually makes its way to the vehicles we ride in every day. Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical and front man evangelizing for Ubuntu, explains the need for a similar arena for mobile technology.

That means it is time to launch the Ubuntu Edge project. Its goal is to do for smartphones what racing does for cars, low-volume, high technology, funded by enthusiasts and professionals alike. What will the Ubuntu Edge bring to the table? More than just the hardware, Ubuntu OS is centered on a converged computing experience, not unlike what Microsoft is aiming for with Windows. However, Ubuntu is a vastly more open environment for developers.

What will the hardware be exactly? Well final specifications are not etched in stone, but expect a sapphire crystal for the screen. Pixel density will not be pursued at the expense of color quality or brightness, right now, it might be a 1280x720 display. It will definitely be 4.5-inches.

On the inside, the “fastest available” multi-core processor will be used, the Edge will have “at least” 4GB of RAM and a minimum of 128GB of storage. It is basically running an operating system design to deliver a converged experience, there needs to be room and horsepower under the hood. The battery will be a silicon-anode cell.

Other specifications are set to be an 8MP main camera with a 2MP unit on the front. Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and NFC will of course be present as well. The rest of the list is to be expected, GPS, compass, all the usual sensors, HD audio speakers, dual-microphone recording, noise cancellation and a 3.5mm headset jack. Dimensions will be 64mm x 9mm x 124mm.

The Edge will also feature a dual-LTE chip to allow use on any 4G network in the world. Because the Edge will be packing some power, it will be able to dual-boot Ubuntu phone OS and Android into a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC.

The total goal of the campaign is to raise $32 million, roughly $1 million per day. If they can pull it off, you will get your Ubuntu Edge next spring (May 2014). It is a lot to ask upfront, but Canonical is not some start-up looking to cash in, so those that are still waiting for your Pebble smart watch should take that into consideration.

What is your price of admission? Today only there are an introductory 5000 units available for $600, after that, they are $830. Shipping to the US and UK is included. If you must have a truly rare Edge, $10,000 will get you one of the first 50 numbered devices to roll out of the factory. You will also get a VIP invitation to join Mark Shuttleworth at the launch event.  If you are running a business and run Ubuntu in your enterprise, a $80,000 option gets you 100 handsets and a host of support elements for your CIO or IT department.

Are you going to get on the Ubuntu train? The user experience is looking really smooth, and it could be said a lot of things are still very “beta” in nature. It could be a sign of good things to come. Check out the photos and video below.

source: Ubuntu Edge (Indiegogo)


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26 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

so aside from the ram and 18gb storage its this years flagship youll get next year ? pass

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

sorry typo 128gb storage

5. Plesman

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

It looks like next years - or even 2015 - year device to me. Besides that it will never be as obscure as an Ouya for example. Up-to-date specifications at least, that is if you don't want XX Megapixel camera and 4k screen resolution on your phone.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And we have another person thinking that specs are everything...idiot

15. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i know specs arent everything idiot, however theres nothing really special execept for storage. and theyre gonna try and pull of 1million dollars a day. Cameras average in todays market, next thing you know all cameras are gonna be like the honami or 1020. not to mention that the phone looks a lot like a z10. I do like the os and ui but i dont see this as a practical end user phone. if you have a business thats all i see it for

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2366; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well "fastest multi-core processor" assumes that it will be the fastest processor available by launch day. I think this might be the new Intel mobile processors that are rumored to launch around December of this year. It would also make sense considering it would be an x86 processor which would be able to run most desktop applications. The amount of RAM is also way more than you can expect from any device being offered this year. There have been rumors of seeing an Android device with 3GB of RAM but none of those rumors have been confirmed. The 128GB of storage is also way more than I think you will see in any upcoming devices this year. You also forgot about the sapphire crystal display and the beautiful design (which seems to be lacking in the rumored upcoming devices). All in all, I think this is going to be one beast of a phone. I doubt you will see anything come close to those specs until at least Q3 of 2014. At least in my opinion you won't.

22. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Quad core baytrails destroy A15.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It seems so cool and very nice OS especially with its unique user interface. and 4GB ram?? 128GB storage?? Thats awesome...... I love to try one of these device...

4. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

This is unbelievable.

6. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I cant wait for this! Ubuntu is the best new OS!

8. Plesman

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

- Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android - Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked - Fastest multi-core CPU, *** at least 4GB RAM, at least 128GB storage *** - 4.5in *** at least 1,280 x 720 *** HD Sapphire crystal display ***extremely hard + Best panel with combination of resolution, color accuracy, dynamic range. *** - 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera *** no megapixel hype, big sensor *** - 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 *** extreme high energy density battery *** - Crafted from single piece of metal. *** unibody *** - 64 x 9 x 124mm This is how they explained the specs in the video. At worst this is a unique Android phone. I'm pretty excited! I just ordered one, hope they'll make it. Good thing it is a fixed campaign so I get my money back if it turns out to be unsuccessful.

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Hopefully its not overpriced like the current flagships.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"introductory 5000 units available for $600, after that, they are $830" for $830 I'll definitely pass... At first I already doubted supporting a platform with no app ecosystem. But for $830 and next spring delivery. Big fail.

10. Plesman

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I does run Android, and if you are quick it just costs $600...

17. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i wish i had $600 laying around...

11. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

$600 upfront for a prototpye phone that hasn't hit production yet and will be expected next year? Seems like a good offer, but not worth the risk.. I'll pass.

12. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

By next year those specs will be severely outdated.

24. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Nope, those specs are equal to phone you will see at the end of 2014. 4gb ram, most likely ddr3 Fastest multi core cpu = intel.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I wish them luck, as it sound very interesting. But $32 million? That is one hell of a longshot. The biggest Kickstarter to date went just north of $10 million. Trying to more than triple that, using the pricing they are, is going to be very difficult.

14. poping unregistered

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge look to me it's a neat device... of course we need to check the real one... except for the following (my opinion only): 1. top bezel needs to be equal to the bottom bezel 2. make the side bezels thinner 3. instead of the 45 deg chamfer at the top, make it 90 deg (no chamfer) ...

16. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

chamfer = comfort?

18. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

looks like the body would make out to be the microsoft surface phone

20. GeekMovement unregistered

Pretty exciting. Looking forward to it!

21. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

This sounds very interesting.

25. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Will there be any space for a battery lef? 1000mAh battery! :P

26. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow dreams are coming true and with dual boot feature its truly awesome.

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