Ubuntu Edge Open Source Superphone Gets Priced at $695 - HotHardware
Ubuntu Edge Open Source Superphone Gets Priced at $695

Ubuntu Edge Open Source Superphone Gets Priced at $695

Canonical 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.

Ubuntu Edge specs comparison

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.

Ubuntu Edge dual boot, desktop OS

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.
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That's a fair price I think... but I'm just not at the point in my life where I can drop $700 on a phone.

Maybe someday.... but those are some sexy specs.

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Very fair price considering what you pay for any other flagship model...

Id like to see how this plays out, I know this is similar to BBs vision of mobile computing as well. Im excited to see if this pans out or not.

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The specs and price are good, but I'd be wary about forking over $700 for an unproven platform. It has potential, of course, but there are definitely going to be some early-adopter pains. I do hope to see this take off though.

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That's why we like to wait for HH reviews ~before~ we buy,...... :-)

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"That's why we like to wait for HH reviews ~before~ we buy,...... :-)"

If you wait for HH reviews it will be to late. This is a one time offer. You can only buy this phone at the Indiegogo project page. Ubuntu Edge is available exclusively via Indiegogo, and won’t be available to buy at retail.

"Exclusive to Indiegogo backers. The Edge will NOT be available to buy at launch."

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge/x/4167260

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"It will also be unlocked, and it will dual boot to Android and Ubuntu mobile with an Ubuntu Desktop OS on board, as well."

Here is how the software looks like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-PEWGwk03o

You can run Android or Ubuntu Touch. When docked to a monitor, keybord and mouse, it can also run a full desktop, not just a scaled up phone OS. With thinclient access you can even run MS Office and business application straight from the phone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNhlVn3ETQ&t=3m4s

Here is how the device looks like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYM7tCjp0Go

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