Canonical, the company behind open-source operating system Ubuntu, has launched a fundraising campaign with hopes in bringing in $32 million dollars in the next 30 days. The campaign, if successful, will enable them to launch Edge: a devices that combines the mobility of a smartphone with the power of a desktop. It can connect to any external monitor and with the addition of a keyboard and mouse, provide the familiar Ubuntu desktop experience. But it gets better. The Edge also dual-boots as a normal Android phone.
Just today (July 23), they’ve already raised more than $3.4 million dollars towards their goal. An “early bird” pledge of $600 guaranteed you an Ubuntu Edge when it’s available next May, but has already sold out. You can still opt for the $830 level and receive one at the same time. And what exactly does that money get you, in terms of specs? Here’s what they’ve provided so far, knowing specs and technology could change between now and then.
- 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
And what exactly, you ask, does the hardware look like? Here are some press renders for you to oogle over.
From their IndieGogo campaign page:
First, Ubuntu mobile. We designed the interface to create a beautiful home screen that’s free from the usual clutter. You navigate by swiping over an edge of the screen: open your favourite apps on the left edge, switch instantly between open apps from the right, and use the system and app toolbars at the top and bottom respectively. It’s so simple, Ubuntu doesn’t need a home button at all.
From mobile… to desktop. Yes, it’s the full Ubuntu desktop OS used by millions on a daily basis — and it runs directly from the phone, so you’ll be able to move seamlessly from one environment to the other with no file syncing or transfers required. The core OS and applications are fully integrated with their smartphone equivalents, so you can even make and receive calls from the desktop while you work.
Finally, you can also boot the phone into Android.
This is an exciting step forward in the world of computing, not to mention a beautifully crafted device. What do you think? Will you be an early-adopter to pledge support for Ubuntu Edge? Let us know in the comments.
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