Today we took the wraps off a campaign to build the world’s first truly convergent Superphone: the Ubuntu Edge.  With top of the line hardware running Ubuntu software, the Ubuntu Edge will dual boot Ubuntu Touch as well as Ubuntu for Android, and will run the full Ubuntu desktop when docked to an external keyboard, monitor and mouse.

We have started a community funding campaign to raise the cost of building these phones.  Reserve your Ubuntu Edge today as the discounted price of only $600 USD (£394) today!  After 4pm BST on Tuesday July 23rd the price for the device will go up to $830, so don’t wait.

Community Funded

Like Ubuntu itself, the creation of the Ubuntu Edge phone is a community endeavor, which is why we’re using an Indie GoGo campaign to raise the cost of building these devices.  All of the money raised will go towards manufacturing and delivering the phone to the people who contribute.  That means you get the phone basically at the cost of manufacturing it (or less if you contribute $600 in the first 24 hours of the campaign).

Crowd funding plays two important roles for Ubuntu Edge.  First and most obviously it will cover the expense of this manufacturing run.  But more importantly it will also show other manufacturers and carriers that there is a great demand not just for Ubuntu phones, but fully convergent Superphones.  Even if you are unable to contribute enough to get a phone, your smaller donation to the campaign will still advance that second goal of spreading awareness.

The money collected in this campaign will not be used to fund Canonical’s normal business activity, it will all go towards manufacturing a limited number these high-end Ubuntu Edge devices.  Nor will Canonical be turning into a hardware company, we are still actively engaged with OEMs who are interested in building their own Ubuntu powered phones, and this campaign does not change those relationships at all.  This campaign is solely for the purpose of developing a limited number of ultra-high-end convergent devices to kick off a new generation of mobile phones based on Ubuntu’s convergent technologies.

Technical Details

The Ubuntu Edge will not be just another phone, it will be the first in a new breed of convergent superphones.  Being able to run a full productive desktop environment from a device that fits into your pocket is no small feat, and to do that we will use the very best hardware available, making Ubuntu Edge a top-of-the-line device not only now and when it will ship in May 2014, but for quite some time after as well.

  • Dual-boot Ubuntu Edge into either Ubuntu or Android
  • Becomes a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fast and powerful device with multi-core CPU and at least 4GB RAM
  • 128GB of storage for photos, music, content
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD display with pure sapphire crystal screen, the hardest natural substance after diamond
  • Cameras made for low-light, fast response and close up pictures: 8mp rear camera, 2mp front
  • Faster connection all over the world with dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • Connect to HDMI TVs and monitors easily with MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm.

With a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, this little device will be capable of satisfying most desktop computing needs.  It’s sapphire crystal glass is virtually unscratchable, so you’ll have a perfect, clear display for the lifetime of the phone.  Even the battery will be using the revolutionary silicon-anode technology that will provide higher energy density and faster charging.

For App Developers

When designing the Ubuntu Edge, we didn’t just pick the biggest and best technologies, we also thought about how to make it better for Ubuntu Touch and apps written with the Ubuntu SDK.  Using that as a guide, the size and physical design of Ubuntu Edge are built to complement the edge-swipe gestures that are unique to Ubuntu Touch.  You can easily access all 4 edges of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, giving users an unobstructed view of your entire app while still putting controls in easy reach.  Ubuntu Edge will give your app the best user experience of any device currently on the market.

Get yours now!

There will only be a limited number of Ubuntu Edge devices made, once this campaign ends so does your chance to get one for yourself!  Since we announced our plans to enter the mobile phone market with Ubuntu we have been asked where people can buy one, so now you have your chance.  And if you contribute within the first 24 hours you can get your Ubuntu Edge phone at a huge discount! Go to our campaign page and make your donation today!