Canonical announces Indiegogo for their proposed ‘Ubuntu Edge’
Yesterday, Canonical, the UK computer software company known for it’s development of Ubuntu (a Linux distribution), announced its plans to create a phone called the “Ubuntu Edge”.
Source: Ubuntu Edge, IndieGogo
Upon first look, this phone looks expensive. It’s smooth, it’s clean, and it looks beautiful. Canonical describes it as “a proving ground for the most advanced mobile technologies on the horizon, a showpiece for true mobile innovation.”
What type of technologies are we talking about?
First, let’s start with the hardware. The Ubuntu Edge is crafted from ‘cool textured amorphous metal’. The main body is made out of a single piece of textured metal. The screen is made of pure sapphire crystal, which can’t be scratched by anything other than diamond (although it can’t stand the same amount of focused pressure as gorilla glass). Canonical also says that it’s going to be ‘beyond 300 ppi” (pixels per inch) which, if anyone has seen Apple’s retina display for the iPhone 5 (which is 326) would mean you can’t notice any pixels on the screen. The screen will be 1280×720 however, not 1920×1080.
The processor hasn’t been decided yet, but Canonical stated that it was going to be the ‘fastest available multi-core processor’. At the moment the fastest processor is probably the Exynos 5 (8 cores, 4 1.8GHz, 4 1.3GHz), but there’s always potential for new processor in the up and coming months.
It’s also stated to have at least 4 gigabytes of RAM as well as 128GB of storage (the last time we had such a small device have this much storage was the iPod classic). The Ubuntu Edge is meant to be a portable computer, which brings me up to the next point- the software.
The Ubuntu Edge can dual-boot into both Android and the Ubuntu phone OS. Android’s just going to be stock Android (like the Nexus, without any carrier variations like Samsung TouchWhiz, ) but the Ubuntu phone OS has a special feature where you can plug the phone into a monitor, effectively transforming the entire phone OS into the full Ubuntu desktop OS (but you can still make/receive calls, reply to texts)
Canonical established an Indiegogo fundraiser with this idea of the Ubuntu Edge. The goal is 32,000,000 dollars; so far, today’s the second day and already 3.6 million dollars+ raised. If the goal is not met, then the Ubuntu Edge will not be developed. Personally, I’m hoping that the goal would be reached and the Edge will be developed, but seeing as most projects on Indiegogo or Kickstarter get most of their money in the first couple of days, it seems like a pretty tall order.