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Canonical Announces Ubuntu Edge!

Few days back when Ubuntu started displaying a banner on its website with a message “the line where two surfaces meet“, in the same fashion in which it announced Ubuntu Phone OS and Ubuntu Tablet.  Four days later, Ubuntu announces its first smart phone: Ubuntu Edge. And from the description it seems that it’s not just a smart phone but a rare device that can even work as a traditional PC. Attach this device to an external monitor and you can use it as a computer in the same way you use Ubuntu desktop. It really stands up to the true meaning of “convergence”.

Ubuntu Edge Desktop convergence

Ubuntu Edge Specifications:

As it can be used as a PC, it should also have hardware capability of a desktop computer. Here is a list of tentative features of Ubuntu edge based on what Canonical suggested:

  • Fastest available ‘Multi-core CPU’
  • At least 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4.5″ Sapphire Crystal screen (1280×720 HD resolution)
  • Dual cameras (8mp rear, 2mp front)
  • HDMI support
  • Long-life silicon anode battery
  • Dual-LTE, NFC, Dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 4
  • GPS, Barometer, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyro, etc

Ubuntu Edge Logo

Canonical goes crowdfunding:

Canonical launched its crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo to gather an estimated $32 million to start the Ubuntu Edge project. And boy, it has been a huge hit. Within first few hours only it received the donation of over $1.3 million. The crowdfunding prigram is offering an Ubuntu Edge in $600 (excluding shipping costs) and a place on Ubuntu Edge Founders page (if it really means something). The campaign will run for 30 days and I do hope that it will be able to reach the goal of $32 million easily as was the case of $199 supercomputer Parallella.

What you think of Ubuntu Edge? Will it be a trendsetter device like iPhone? Do share your views. Comment section is all yours :)

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  • The hardware the mobile phone bow has, surpasses the minimum configuration Ubuntu Edge require. I really hope the convergence technology can be picked up and pushed out to end users. The only enemy to this technology are the computer manufacturer. They will be pisses off when employees carry their mobile as their computers, where they only need to plug in office, and plug out when they leave office.