announced that its Ubuntu Edge
superphone has a permanent (until the end of its fundraising campaign) price tag of $695. “No limited quantities, no more price changes,” reads a post. “You wanted a more affordable Edge, and now you’ve got it.”
It’s a pricey device, no doubt about it, but the Ubuntu
Edge promises incredible specs, including the fastest possible mobile processor (which is TBD), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, unscratchable glass, a 4.5-inch display resolution of 1280x720, stereo speakers, dual-LTE and GSM, and more. It will also be unlocked, and it will dual boot to Android and Ubuntu mobile with an Ubuntu Desktop OS on board, as well.
Canonical says that it was able to deliver on the $695 price point because of “major industry backing” and no doubt some chutzpah generated by Bloomberg claiming the first Enterprise Bundle, which is worth $80,000.
Of course, there’s still a long way to go before the Ubuntu Edge can be born; Canonical is trying to raise $32 million with its Indiegogo
campaign, and with 14 days left, it’s only managed $8.7 million. That’s not an amount to sneeze at, obviously, but it’s far short of Canonical’s goal; without the full amount in hand, there likely won’t be an Ubuntu Edge.