In an effort to create the first smartphone that can dual-boot both Linux and Android, Canonical is looking to raise money on Indiegogo in order to make such a thing happen. The phone would run a version of Ubuntu Touch, as well as a version of Android, although it’s not said exactly what version the phone will be running.
Perhaps one of the most interesting facets about the crowdfunding campaign is that Canonical is going try and raise $32 million in just 31 days, which they say is the biggest monetary target ever for a crowdfunding campaign. It’s a lofty goal, and if the campaign doesn’t meet $32 million, the project won’t happen, and Canonical will go back to making Ubuntu Touch only.
The device itself, called the Ubuntu Edge, 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.”
The Edge will also 4G connectivity, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. It’ll also be able to hook up to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor in order to use the device as a full-fledged desktop computer. However, it’s not said if Android will work in this mode.
Of course, we’ve seen Ubuntu Touch in action in the recent past back in February. The interface on the Edge looks to be the same as we’ve seen in the past. As for the phone itself, the Edge is a simple-looking device with not much going on. There looks to be a power button at the top and a volume rocker on the side. There is no home button, however, which doesn’t seem to be a huge deal, as most of the navigation will obviously be done with the touchscreen.