Ubuntu’s Edge has just passed the crowd funding record of $10,266,845 previously set by the Pebble Smartwatch. The Ubuntu Edge has now raised $10,448,255 but that still leaves it a huge way behind its target of $32,000,000. With only six days left it seems likely the Ubuntu Edge will fall considerably short of its $32 million target, probably raising only $12 million.
Despite the Ubuntu Edge’s inability to meet its target the phone will probably still see the light of day. That said it has established enough backers and support to be brought into production should Canonical decide to go at it alone but doing that through the IndieGoGo campaign certainly won’t happen as the target will not be reached. You wonder whether Canonical are kicking themselves for setting the target so high or whether they did this deliberately to raise awareness without having to administrate through IndieGoGo.
We should still see the Ubuntu Edge from May 2014. It has the following specifications:
- 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
- 11-pin connector providing simultaneous MHL and USB OTG
- 3.5mm jack
- Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
- 64 x 9 x 124mm
Image courtesy of Canonical (IndieGoGo)