That’s right, Canonical the company behind Ubuntu have just launched an IndieGoGo campaign for their new project named “Ubuntu Edge”. For those who have heard about Ubuntu Touch, the Ubuntu Edge project has been created in a similar sense to what Google have done with their nexus devices.
We’re fascinated by converged computing, the idea that the smart phone in your pocket can also be the brain of the PC on your desk. We’ve shaped Ubuntu so you can transition seamlessly between the two environments. Now all that’s needed is a phone that’s designed from the ground up to be a PC as well.
Essentially this project has been designed to show manufacturers how Ubuntu Touch should be integrated into both Phones and Tablets. If you connect the Edge into an external Monitor, you will be able to do much more than just have a second screen for your device. In fact when you connect your Ubuntu Edge to an external Monitor, you will be able to launch Ubuntu just like you would on your Desktop PC.
- 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
The Ubuntu Edge Project has a set a target of $32 million dollars with perks ranging from $20 for basic support of the project to $80,000 for 100 units of the Ubuntu Edge, access to online workshops and 30 days of online support. You can get The Ubuntu Edge for $830 excluding shipping, although for the first day of the campaign you can get one for $600 excluding shipping but you had better be quick as there are only 5,000 units available at the reduced price.
Check out the Ubuntu Edge IndieGoGo project page for more info regarding the device and how you would go about getting one for yourself.
Will you be considering getting the Ubuntu Edge? If the Ubuntu Edge project is successful, do you think Canonical will create a tablet version of the Edge?