Popular Linux-based OS developer Ubuntu is aiming to crowdfund its first smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge, by raising US$32 Million in funds on Indiegogo.
Ubuntu is calling its Edge smartphone a "superphone" and aims for it to be "a proving ground for the most advanced mobile technologies on the horizon, a showpiece for true mobile innovation."
While it's a little smaller than the current trend for larger display smartphones, the 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution Ubuntu Edge will dual-boot Android OS and Ubuntu's own mobile OS, and will offer the unique ability to connect to any monitor to transform the phone into an Ubuntu PC, with a fully integrated desktop OS and shared access to all files.
The phone will boast impressive hardware specs too: a top of the line multi-core processor, at least 4GB RAM and a massive 128GB storage. It will also be protected by a scratch-proof sapphire crystal display.
If the pledge goal is reached, the phone is expected to ship May 2014. The minimum pledge required to receive the Edge is US$830, however, today only, a first day offer is available for US$600.
Source: Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo page