The new handset will come with dual-chip LTE for high-speed internet 4G in both Europe and the US, and will sport at least 128GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Although the processor has yet to be announced, Ubuntu says they will use the fastest available on launch to make the phone “a potent little PC when docked.”
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth described the project as not only a new direction for phone hardware, but also a new model of financing for the phone industry.
Without $32m raised by August 21, the Edge will not go ahead. Funding currently stands at over $3 million. A $20 donation gets you ‘founder’ status (and little besides), which jumps up to $600 (a limited 24 hour offer) and $830 to actually get your hands on a handset.
The Edge will have 4.5 inch display, and will dual boot both Ubuntu and Android, meaning any apps you’ve purchased from Google will remain of use. It will come with an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel camers facing from the front.
Offering a mobile that doubles up as a PC has failed in the past, most notably with the Motorola Atrix which used a tiny dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor.
Now, however, processors such as Intel’s Atom are offering desktop power with handset power efficiency. Presumably, both Apple and Microsoft are exploring similar programs.
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