You might remember that dual-booting Linux and Android-powered phone that we discussed last month. It’s called the Ubuntu Edge and it’s hoping to change the mobile landscape in a big way. However, before it can do that, Canonical needs some funding help in order to produce the phone for the masses, and it seems like pledges are slowing down, for which Canonical is bumping the price down in order to get more people interested.
The way the funding has worked is that early backers get first dibs at the lowest price on the phone, and the later you join in, the higher the cost is for the phone. Early backers were able to get in on the fun for just $600, and now that we’re a couple weeks into the campaign, prices have jumped to $775. However, Canonical lowered that to $695 in order to entice more prospective buyers.
Better yet, that price tag will be fixed throughout the entire campaign, so there’s no need to worry about the price going up as the days go by. Canonical is trying to raises a total of $32 million, which is the highest funding goal of any crowd-funding project ever, and if they meet their goal, it’ll be the highest-funded project to date. They’ve raised over $8 million so far.
What’s so special about the Ubuntu Edge, is that it runs a copy of Ubuntu as well as Android. Better yet, you can plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the phone and use it as a fully-operational Ubuntu desktop computer. It’s certainly a unique piece of gadgetry and one we don’t see very often.
The device itself will come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’ll be topped off with a 4.5-inch 720p display covered in pure sapphire crystal, which Canonical says is “the hardest natural substance after diamond.” As for the processor, the company only says that it’ll be “the latest” and “fastest.” Furthermore, we’ll be treated with 4G connectivity, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.
VIA: The Next Web