Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to finance its first Ubuntu smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge. For the company to succeed with its plans, it'll need to raise $32 million in just 31 days. The Ubuntu Edge will be a 4.5-inch 720p smartphone with a multi-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and an unprecedented 128GB of storage. It'll be LTE-ready and run the touch-optimized Ubuntu Linux, of course, which we've had the opportunity to play with a few times over the past months. Users committing to either $600 today or $830 thereafter will get an Ubuntu Edge in May 2014.
THE UBUNTU EDGE WILL RUN BOTH LINUX AND ANDROID
The device will also run Android when it first ships in a "dual boot" configuration, meaning you'll be able to choose between Android of linux. When running Android, the Edge will offer access to Ubuntu through Canonical's existing Ubuntu for Android app. Shortly after launch, the company says it'll push out a free software update that adds this desktop integration to Ubuntu mobile as well. "That’s the real goal we’re working towards," says the company's IndieGogo page, "at that point you’ll have a leading-edge smartphone that runs Ubuntu and Android, both of which can also run a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop OS. What other phone can match that?"
Just five hours in, Canonical has already reached over $1 million in funding for the Ubuntu Edge. So far, most funds have come from users pledging to purchase the device at its introductory price of $600.