Monday, July 22, 2013

Ubuntu Edge puts Crowdfunding to the test

Canonical is pushing hard to make its Ubuntu one of the contenders for the future of mobile platforms, and now that is coming to smartphones and tablets, they also want to have a "crown of the jewel" device similar to Google Nexus - or, more likely - Microsoft's Surface tablets. This Ubuntu Edge is a high end device, with some features that will make you gasp: like having 4GB RAM and 128GB Flash; and although its screen is just a 4.5" 1280x720 screen, it's covered with ultra hard (and costly) Sapphire Glass.

It couldn't be cheap, but the most important part is that Canonical has decided to turn it into a crowdfunding campaign - which in a sense is quite logical, because it would ensure that, should the project go forward, it will automatically be a success (unlike risking the development and production of a device that no one will buy - like MS's Surface RT).

The tricky part is figuring out if there are enough people out there willing to shell out $830 for a device that will run a yet unfinished system (though you can get it for "just" $600 if you're quick enough - and it also runs Android, should you prefer to use it that way).

What do you think?

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