Canonical Ubuntu Edge is official - dual boots Ubuntu Touch and Android

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Canonical announces the first Ubuntu smartphone, called Ubuntu Edge, and it dual boots Android and Ubuntu Touch.

But to build this phone, Canonical needs to raise $32 million. That's a first. That means that they are asking the consumers for money so they can build the Ubuntu Edge smartphone..


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Canonical says: “In the car industry, Formula 1 provides a commercial testbed for cutting-edge technologies. The Ubuntu Edge project aims to do the same for the mobile phone industry — to provide a low-volume, high-technology platform, crowdfunded by enthusiasts and mobile computing professionals”


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You can reserve a copy of the Ubuntu Edge already if you pay $600 today, tomorrow it will cost $830…
For that kind of money you will get a 4.5-inch 720p display, 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and LTE support.
The phone goes on sale in May 2014 if they get enough money, and I am asking, who will pay so much money for a smartphone that only have a7 20p display in 2014? Not me anyways..


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Here is some of the revealed features of the Ubuntu Edge:



Dual boot Ubuntu Touch and Android

When docked, it transforms to a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC

It will have the fastest multi-core CPU

4GB RAM

128GB storage

4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display

8 megapixel low-light rear camera

2 megapixel front camera

Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC

Stereo speakers with HD audio

Dual-mic recording with Active Noise Cancellation

MHL connector, 3.5mm jack

Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery

64 x 9 x 124mm

In the video below they are focusing a lot on the camera and battery. That's nice.
The cool thing with this Ubuntu phone is that it can be used as a desktop computer when docked. I like that.
And you can boot Android if you like, so you can still run all your favorite Android apps when needed.
But as I said above, a phone with 720p display in 2014 is a no no. I hope they change that decision before release.