Canonical, the company that develops Ubuntu, announced today that it it has plans to release the first Ubuntu smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge, in May of 2014. The twist? Canonical is relying on crowdfunding through Indiegogo to raise the necessary funds to do so.
At $32 million, the amount of money that Canonical is asking for to develop the Ubuntu Edge is no small amount. Creating even more of a challenge is the fact that the company is looking to reach its goal in a mere 31 days.
As for the device itself, the specs are still tentative. But Canonical is shooting for a quad-core processor, a 4.5-inch 720p display, 4 GB of RAM, and a whopping 128 GB of onboard storage. It will run a full desktop version of the Ubuntu Linux OS (allowing it to effectively become an Ubuntu PC when connected to a monitor), and will also be LTE-ready. Other specs include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a sapphire crystal display, Bluetooth 4, and an MHL connector.
The renders that the company has released of the device show off sharp edges and a rather unique, angular cut at the top of the phone. The volume keys are located on the left, while the power key and SIM card slot are found on the top edge. The rear-facing camera and its flash will be placed in the upper right-hand corner of the back of the phone.
Customers interested in backing the phone can (until tomorrow) plunk down $600 to receive a unit once it’s released. Otherwise, the Ubuntu Edge will go for $830 outright once its released next year.