July 22, 2013
Indiegogo’s all-time crowdfunding record stands at $1.6 million for the Scandu Scout, but the Ubuntu Edge Smartphone started their campaign today in the hopes of shattering that record while rolling out a low-volume, high-technology platform.
Set to be a proving ground for advanced mobile technologies, the Ubuntu Edge’s core is comprised of convergence computing. While it operates solo, connect it to any standalone monitor, and it becomes the brain of a PC, providing you with a fully integrated desktop OS and shared access to all your files.
“The Ubuntu Edge is our very own super-phone,” says the Indiegogo campaign. “It is a catalyst to drive the next generation of personal computing.”
The fully metal phone features a 4.5-inch screen made of pure sapphire crystal: a material only diamonds can scratch. Brightness, color, and dynamic range trump resolution for the team, because they believe the race for higher definition to be a massive distraction.
At the time of release, the fastest available multi-core processor will be chosen to power the minimum 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Ubuntu is dumping the lithium battery for silicon-anode technology that provides extra energy. Last, but not least, there is a dual-LTE chip for 4G connectivity at home or abroad.
Millions of people already use Ubuntu OS on a daily basis, and the Ubuntu Edge is the incarnation of that desktop power gone truly mobile. This is a powerful show of disruptive innovation at work, and I, for one, cannot wait to see how successful their campaign is – they are already well on their way.
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