Building a smartphone and taking it to market is no easy task, although it does get a lot less complicated when you raise a huge pile of money to help you and Canonical has done just that, raising 10% of the total money it required to bring their new device to market.
The Ubuntu Edge smartphone took less than a day to raise $3.2 million and that number is quickly growing, it’s apparently not going to take very long for them to hit their $32 million crowdfunding campaign target if this pace continues.
Unlike other phones on the market, the Edge can be hooked directly to a PC monitor and used as a Linux PC thanks to its dual OS system that runs both Ubuntu and Android, backed up with (at least) 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a multicore processor, a 4.5″ 720 display which is made from “pure Sapphire crystal”.
All the usual modern high end features will be there too, such as long life battery (that’s a lie, no smartphone has long battery life), dual 4G/LTE, 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front.
“Upon completion, the Ubuntu Edge will be the realisation of Canonical’s distinctive vision for a single operating system driving phones, tablets, conventional computers and TVs,” the company said.
It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting device, I hope it does complete its 30 day crowdfunding target in time as it would be great to get some new blood on the market as things are already getting a little repetitive.
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