Smartphones are great devices that have transformed the way we manage our digital and personal lives. That they have the ability to impact nearly every aspect of our lives, for the better or worse, just proves how substantial they’ve become. But there’s still something missing. That something that completely unites our smartphones and computers into one harmonious device. True mobility of our digital needs. Apparently though, that void is now going to be filled with Ubuntu latest and greatest undertaking – the Ubuntu Edge. A smartphone powerhouse with the ability to dual-boot Android and Ubuntu. A smartphone that might reshape the smartphone landscape forever.
The problem the Ubuntu Edge looks to be solving is a rather common issue. Our smartphones, as powerful as they’ve become, still haven’t replaced our desktops. We’re not talking about playing hardcore 3D games here, but just for the simple tasks of programming, photo editing, writing, all of which is just better when done with a hardware keyboard and a large screen. That’s where the Ubuntu Edge is going to be different. It will combine the best of the mobile operating systems, and one of the best Linux distros around to create a true desktop replacement smartphone. And Canonical are making sure that the Ubuntu Edge device would be up to task of handling these tough requirements.
The Ubuntu Edge will reportedly have the latest multi-core CPU that Canonical can get their hands on and will be paired with a healthy 4 gigabytes of RAM. And forget about 32 gigabytes of flagship smartphone storage – the Ubuntu edge will 128 gigabytes of SSD storage. Canonical really aren’t sparing anything in their pursuit of the perfect smartphone-PC hybrid. All of this hardware will make sure that you can confidently chug your desktop computer out the window. Canonical see a future where users can simply plug in their smartphones into their displays and get started where they left off. There would no longer be a gap between computers and smartphones.
But this Ubuntu Edge smartphone will be far from a geeks-only, ugly device (like most powerful gaming laptops). The prototype renders show a beautifully designed device that’s perfectly up to date in the looks department and has some unique characteristics of its own. The edges of the device are chamfered, making Ubuntu Edge easy to hold in hand. The screen size has been set at a reasonable 4.5 inches, which Canonical say is the ideal size for easy one-handed use. And the front has been covered with sapphire crystal, a material so hard that only diamond can scratch it. If all of this is true, the Ubuntu Edge could be one hell of a special smartphone, even if it didn’t have those blazing internals.
All of the above specs point to what could very well be the top smartphone of 2014. And to make that happen is no easy financial matter, so Canonical are leaving it up to the public to endorse this device by funding its production. The funding goal has been set at a lofty $32 million, but almost 10 percent of that was reached within 24 hours of the campaign. That’s an impressive achievement and shows that people are willing to shell out more than $600 for a device that will ship after nearly 9 months, just for the convenience it affords them. Watch out Samsung, the Ubuntu Edge could steal your thunder if you don’t step up your game.