Ubuntu Edge flagship needs $32 million of your dollars to go to limited production, runs Android too

by: Chris SmithJuly 22, 2013

Ubuntu Edge

Canonical’s dual booting Ubuntu / Android Ubuntu Edge smartphone has been made official and it entered a 30-day crowdfunding campaign during which the company needs to raise $32 million to produce a limited run of its first smartphone.

The phone

Just as a trademark suggested a few days ago, Ubuntu Edge is indeed the name of Canonical’s first smartphone, and here’s what you can expect from the Ubuntu Edge, when it comes to specs and features:

  • 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

As you can see, it’s not a high-end device by some 2013 standards regarding display and camera performance, but it certainly surpasses competing devices when looking at other specs, such as RAM and storage. The processor is also said to be “the very latest, fastest multi-core” model, although it’s not mentioned yet.

As for design, here’s what you can expect from the Ubuntu Edge:

[quote qtext=”Crafted from cool, textured amorphous metal, the Edge has a distinctive, precise look but its rakishly chamfered edges are shaped to fit naturally in the palm — our design prototype already has a wonderfully solid feel. It’s the right size, too. Edge gestures are the next big thing in mobile, and our testing has found that a 4.5in screen is ideal for comfortable control of all four edges with one hand.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

The following video will better explain what Ubuntu Edge is all about:

The $32 million

The Ubuntu Edge will be the company’s first device that will run its mobile operating system, and it’s quite interesting to see the company go to IndieGoGo to raise the necessary funds to make it – apparently this is the biggest cash target ever for a crowdfunded product.

Ubuntu Edge

The company explained that the Ubuntu Edge will be for smartphones what Formula 1 is for cars. Essentially, the device will be made for those people that want cutting-edge technology, and that’s why the company is crowdfunding it.

The $32 million is needed to make only 40,000 units, so in case you want to get the handset you’ll have to follow the links available in the Source section below to get your pledge in.At the time this article was written, almost $130,000 had been pledged, so the campaign looks like it’s off to a good start.

There are several tiers available for those of you interested, from $20 to $80,000. In order to score the Ubuntu Edge handset, you’ll either have to pay $600 (special price available today only) or pay $830 for it. The device will ship at some point in May 2014.

Are you buying?

  • MasterMuffin

    WOW WOW WOW we need to call Bill Gates so that this beast will make it certainly! One more “wow”: WOW

  • Edward Smith

    If I had an extra $600 laying around.

  • Looks like a surface phone. Except it will actually work. If only I had the money, I’d be tempted!!

  • deondraee

    With the kind of money samsung has to waste with all the new devices they test to see how people/the market reacts to them (like the mega, the note) samsung can make such a phone happen with a snap of a finger….. dont be surprised when the “Galaxy S5 has similar features” if these guys reach their goal of 32m

  • Android wins!

    This is a really good phone. 4GB of RAM!!! This is awesome.

    • lil bit

      Sadly, thats more like a requirement. If you have used Linux extensively you would know that bloat is Ubuntus most significant trademark. Stabilitbility and performance has been a problem as well, which is strange considered that its based on Debian, one of the most extreme Linux distros when it comes to rigidity.

      Ubuntu seem to base some of their stuff on Debian SID, which is the unstable experimental branch. For those who dont know, all Debian distro names are taken from Toy Story, SID is the mentally unstable neighbor boy that you dont want to have in your phone.

      This may have changed in recent years, but as a long time Linux user this is my previous experience with all Ubuntu versions i have tried.

      • Android_Wins_Big_Time

        I’m using now Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, as Ubuntu lagged on my PC (which has older hardware).

      • Android_Wins_Big_Time

        I’m using now Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, as Ubuntu lagged on my PC (which has older hardware).

  • EliasAlucard

    As far as the CPU and RAM are concerned, this is going to be a rock solid smartphone, especially when using GNU/Linux. Looking forward to buying an Ubuntu phone.

  • asdfdsfadfadfasdfawef

    It’s not happening. 32 million to make another OS that just does the same basic functions as every other smart phone?

    • Grman Rodriguez

      Did you see the video? That IS a computer on your pocket. It’s like if you plug a WP phone on a monitor and bam, Windows 8, Or connect an iPhone and bam OS X, that, my friend, is awesome

  • jamie

    HAS NO ONE CONSIDERED THAT BATTERY!!!!!!!!!!! This looks like the first major change in battery technology since lithium ion!!!!

    • EliasAlucard

      It is lithium-ion, isn’t it? But yeah, the silicon-anode stuff caught my attention as well. The sapphire crystal display seems interesting too, although unfortunately not as high-res as high-end smartphones are today. I wonder what kind of instruction set the CPU will be, x86-64 or 64-bit ARM?

    • jumbo3220

      As i heard Si Anode Li-ion batteries have more charging cycles and much more energy densities,,would be awesome

  • uofmike

    any word on what networks it will work on?

  • ranger

    support for custom launchers ?
    non-Java & non- Virtual Machine framework ?
    run native linux executables on phone ?

    give me those & take my money

  • Rajvir Singh

    Err 720p display for a phone that will be in production in 2014!??
    Please don’t get me wrong I m all into Ubuntu and love Android but this isn’t future proof at all. The display doesn’t match up to the rest of the hardware.
    With the rated at which technology is moving, phones with 720p would be considered “Low End ” in 2014 since Right now they are considered “Mid Range”

    • jumbo3220

      well what i think is even it’s a 720p screen it does offer 310+ ppi , a 1080p screen will offer 460+ppi ,but to human eye the limit is 320ppi..so both look same.

      • Grman Rodriguez

        The number of pixels affects other stuff than just ppi, stuff looks more realistic and detailed on a 1080p screen, but on 4.5″, where there is no much space for battery it is overkill

  • Sebastian

    This thing is more powerful than my PC!

  • najiy91

    it should be a 5″ screen.

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Well, I’m officially excited

  • Keegan Choffat

    Build quality and ease of use to get to content.

  • Jon Langevin

    Ha, if I had $600-830 to throw away, for a device I won’t receive until almost a year from now, I’m not sure I’d pay that for a phone. Yes, ubuntu dual-boot is awesome, and the specs look great, but with how phone specs are jumping every month, those specs seem they could be low in some regard when looking at a May 2014 release date (assuming there’s no delays in production)

    Shame, as I would like to support & get an ubuntu phone, but not with that far of a delay and that much uncertainty injected…

  • jjordan

    I think this device is a win…I would have a few questions before I dropped 600 bucks tho like what kind of 4g lte network will this run on cdma gsm…I mean im a verizon customer if I pay the 600 dollars will this work on my network

  • jjordan

    I like everything about this thing

  • Yama

    Wanted: a rich ass mathafaka!

  • Ruz

    will the app also contain those options like Minimize, Maximize, restore & close.. its cool

  • End in sight

    Nice idea, but that number is too aggressive. They will never get it. I would guess 10 mil at most. After 30 days, maybe Woz will toss in the rest and make up the difference.

  • End in sight

    Also, can someone please explain to me how Google execs are likely to view this development?

  • TeckGuru

    yes yes yes!!!!! sold!