The Ubuntu Edge in general, and the massive crowd-funding campaign to raise $32 million in 30 days to kickstart the same, has been a wee bit more than an audacious move by Cannonical Ltd.
The Ubuntu Edge is a novel device. It’s a $800 smartphone, with features that can put entry level laptops to shame (4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, multi-core processor, HDMI support, dual cameras, a truckload of sensors). The coolest bit however, is the fact that when docked and connected to an external monitor, it can power a desktop Ubuntu OS experience.
Yes, at first glance $800 for a smartphone (or a super-phone as Cannonical would like to market it), sounds a bit ridiculous, but put it in perspective - $800 + an external monitor and you get a cutting-edge-tech loaded phone and a full blown desktop computer.
Sounds like a deal, eh?
The only disadvantage that comes to my mind is that it won’t really replace the portability of a laptop - you’ll have to trudge along wherever you go with an external monitor.
That aside, the Ubuntu Edge definitely sounds like a game-changer. The vision is to incorporate the smartphone experience along with the desktop experience to create the “world’s first truly converged device”. And according to what Mark Shuttleworth said, that they need to ‘smash every record in crowdfunding history’ this is surely is one of the most daring moves that the tech world has ever witnessed.
Update : the device price has been lowered from $800 to $625 (starting from).