Ubuntu plans to merge the mobile device and desktop computer into a superphone. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, aimed to raise $32 million through a crowdfunding campaign which was launched in Indiegogo to develop and manufacture the Linux Ubuntu Edge smartphone.
The Ubuntu Edge would be the first smartphone to run open source Ubuntu Touch alongside Android. Final specification is still subject to change, according to company founder, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical has not yet decided on a processor. The Edge is aimed to be fitted as follows :
- a multi-core processor (perhaps 2.4GHz)
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB of storage
- 4.5 inch sapphire crystal screen, 1,280 x 720 display
- 8 mega pixel rear camera
- 2 mega pixel front facing camera
- stereo speakers
- silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
- Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android
- A fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
The device will also feature dual LTE chip and able to connect to a HDMI TV with MHL connector for a full desktop experience. Fast connectivity via Bluetooth 4 and Near Field Communication (NFC).
Despite the crowdfunding reaching $10.7 million it’s still short of $20 million with just five days left. “If we don’t get the money, we’re not going to do it” said Shuttleworth.