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Ubuntu Edge ‘Superphone’ Seeks $32 Million on Indiegogo
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Ubuntu Edge ‘Superphone’ Seeks $32 Million on Indiegogo

Canonical, the U.K. software company behind Ubuntu, wants to make the Ubuntu Edge smartphone — and it’s asking you for help.

The company today launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help fund the production of the super powered, super expensive phone. The all-or-nothing funding goal: $32 million.

If Canonical’s campaign succeeds, it would shatter the current crowdfunding record held by the Pebble Smartwatch, which raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter last year. If it fails, Canonical won’t make the phone.

The crowd is responding positively to the ambitious campaign, pledging more than $2.3 million to the project in a matter of hours. At the time of writing, 3,600 people have snagged the early bird pre-order for $600. That introductory price will expire after 24 hours — or, more likely, when 5,000 have been claimed — after which contributors will have to plunk down $830 to reserve an Ubuntu Edge of their own.

According to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, the Edge will not be sold in stores; it will be made exclusively for backers of the crowdfunding campaign. Although “if it works well, we might even do it annually, just to keep ahead of the curve,” he added.

By making thousands of phones, not millions, Canonical can utilize next-generation technology that’s not yet available for mass production. Shuttleworth compared the Edge to a Formula 1 car in a world of sedans.

The phone's specs (subject to change) are seriously impressive. It can run both Ubuntu mobile OS (Linux) and Android, so current Android users won’t have to scrap their entire app collection, and it rivals the computing power of modern PCs.

Here's the full list of specs:

  • 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
  • MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
  • Silicon-anode Lithium Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm

The Ubuntu Edge is already the most-funded campaign ever on Indiegogo. But even with a month left, there’s a long way to go before Canonical hits the $32 million mark. Stay tuned to Crowdsourcing.org for updates, and check out the campaign video below to see what this “superphone” is all about.

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