If you’ve not heard of the Ubuntu Edge, don’t be surprised, as it’s one of a new breed of smartphones, in that it’s based on a brand new operating system. The OS is Ubuntu Mobile, from the creators of the Ubuntu desktop computer operating system, and this is the first device confirmed to run the software.
However, you won’t be able to pop down the shops and pick one up, as it’s being sold through the crowd funding website Indiegogo, where makers Canonical have launched an ambitious campaign to make the Edge a reality next year. It’s an impressive sounding device too, but you’re going to need around £540 in your pocket to order one, and then be patient for nearly another year.
According to the project page, the Ubuntu Edge will have a 4.5-inch, 720p touchscreen – just like the Nokia Lumia 920 – an 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE connectivity, a video call lens, and various options such as NFC and GPS. The processor isn’t confirmed, but it’s going to be a multi-core chip according to the blurb, along with 4GB of RAM and a huge 128GB of memory. The Edge will be made from metal, and the screen will have a sapphire crystal covering to make it almost unbreakable.
To be in with a chance of owning one of these phones, you can pledge $830 – £540, or thereabouts – on the Indiegogo site, but if the ambitious $32 million target isn’t met in 30 days, then the Edge won’t be produced at all. Should it all go smoothly, then Canonical is aiming for a May 2014 release date.