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Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign not likely to hit target at current pace

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Jul 2013 19:10 User comments (5)

Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign not likely to hit target at current pace Canonical is just about to flatline in their campaign to get the Ubuntu Edge smartphone built for launch in 2014.
The company hoped to raise $32 million, far and away the most a crowdfunded campaign would have ever raised, and so far they have raised $7.4 million, breaking Indiegogo records. That being said, the current daily sales are not where they should be if the company hopes to get to $32 million in the next 22 days.

Check the sales charts here, from this morning (via NPU):




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Earlier this week we reported that Canonical had launched their Ubuntu Edge smartphone via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

The first 5000 pledgers were able to get the device for an intro price of $600, unlocked, along with a shoutout on Canonical's founders page. After that, you had to purchase the phone for $830, but the Linux company seems to have a roadblock at that price and have opened up new pledge tiers.

1250 new buyers can purchase the phone for $675, the next 1250 can get it for $725 and the next 1250 can get it for $775. After that, the next 4500 get the device for $780. Earlier today the $625 tier sold out and the $600 tier sold out on day one.

So far, the company has raised $5.4 million of its $32 million campaign.

Here is the full spec list:

Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
64 x 9 x 124mm


Read about the phone and potentially pledge, here: Indiegogo- Ubuntu Edge





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5 user comments

130.7.2013 21:43

I hope it picks up for them. I would like to see this idea go forward.

230.7.2013 22:03

I really want one if I had cash for it.

330.7.2013 22:35

Got to be kidding.

Pay $1500 to be able to buy the phone at $600 on top? You can pick up faster and bigger phones and tablets for cheaper.

Linux isn't going to be a great IS at the start because there won't be any apps for it.

430.7.2013 22:58

Originally posted by xtago:
Got to be kidding.

Pay $1500 to be able to buy the phone at $600 on top? You can pick up faster and bigger phones and tablets for cheaper.

Linux isn't going to be a great IS at the start because there won't be any apps for it.
Well to start with, it cost 830$. It will be releasing a year from now with which ever highest multi-core processor is out at the time of release. Will have at least 4gb of ram, which means it could have more. 4gb is already beyond what any phone has. And it has 128gb onboard memory, way beyond what any phone has.

It runs a full linux distro, so none of that app based crap you're talking about. And at least for people like me who use linux, that's great. You can use it as a desktop pc when connected to any screen. And it dual boots android.

I also personally hate these large screens that are coming out. And hate samsungs plasticity cheap feel. This damns things made of metal and un-scratchable screen.

What exactly is the downside?

51.8.2013 7:56

Originally posted by 21Q:
Well to start with, it cost 830$. It will be releasing a year from now with which ever highest multi-core processor is out at the time of release. Will have at least 4gb of ram, which means it could have more. 4gb is already beyond what any phone has. And it has 128gb onboard memory, way beyond what any phone has.

It runs a full linux distro, so none of that app based crap you're talking about. And at least for people like me who use linux, that's great. You can use it as a desktop pc when connected to any screen. And it dual boots android.

I also personally hate these large screens that are coming out. And hate samsungs plasticity cheap feel. This damns things made of metal and un-scratchable screen.

What exactly is the downside?

Originally posted by 21Q:
Originally posted by xtago:
Got to be kidding.

Pay $1500 to be able to buy the phone at $600 on top? You can pick up faster and bigger phones and tablets for cheaper.

Linux isn't going to be a great IS at the start because there won't be any apps for it.
Well to start with, it cost 830$. It will be releasing a year from now with which ever highest multi-core processor is out at the time of release. Will have at least 4gb of ram, which means it could have more. 4gb is already beyond what any phone has. And it has 128gb onboard memory, way beyond what any phone has.

It runs a full linux distro, so none of that app based crap you're talking about. And at least for people like me who use linux, that's great. You can use it as a desktop pc when connected to any screen. And it dual boots android.

I also personally hate these large screens that are coming out. And hate samsungs plasticity cheap feel. This damns things made of metal and un-scratchable screen.

What exactly is the downside?

I'd take the specs with a grain of salt, to be honest.

It'll probably be an nvidia or intel CPU at best, seeing as Samsung generally keep their stuff for their devices, you have snapdragon but with them doing the CPUs for a ton of devices already I don't think they'll be wanting to make CPUs for a handful of devices on the side.

4gig isn't all that big in android the default is already 2gig and some phones are 4gig already, LG for example, they where the first with 2gig program memory to speed up their phones and have all their devices 2gig now, their new devices are moving to or are 4gig now.

LTE could be old by next year and LTE-A which is "5G" even though all the "G" mobile network spec's have been scraped now, LTE-A doesn't allow for any 3G or LTE devices to work on this mobile network spec.

Everything else is either standard spec or old spec like the camera.

It uses a linux phone OS you need to connect it to a Tv to use the linux desktop OS going to be hard to do that if your on the train or park.

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