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A high-end Ubuntu Android smartphone

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is getting down to business with its aim to merge both desktop computer and smartphones  and different mobile OS, all in one single device. Ubuntu Edge is the ultimate Canonical’s proposal, a “superphone” with high-end hardware specs, Android/Ubuntu dual-boot and fully integrated with Ubuntu desktop. Hands down, a challenging project which, in addition, is submitted to an ambitious crowdfunding campaign in IndieGoGo as a condition to become a reality. Canonical seeks $32 million in a month, offering backers the device at $600  (only the first 24 hours) and at $830 from tomorrow on. Two issues are probably crossing your mind right now. First, something like… $32 million in a month? Have folks at Canonical lost their mind? Well, it’s a great stack, no one can deny that. However, they’ve raised 3.5 million in the first 24 hours, which is quite impressive. Let’s see how it goes after the hype of the first days. There are reasons though to be optimistic. Second issue may be…  “What? a $600, or even worse, $830 device after deal?”. Yes, it’s expensive, that’s a fact. However, no more than other high-end devices currently on the market (Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, HTC One…). If we take a look at the announced specs, the Ubuntu Edge will clearly hit the top-range market by May 2014 (anticipated release date).

Maybe is falling short on screen size, screen resolution and camera mpx. However, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and a high-end multi-core CPU can make the difference. Besides, the real added-value features are the dual boot Ubuntu Touch and Android and the full integration with Ubuntu desktop when docked. Some foresee smartphones and tablets will replace PC and Laptops in the near future and the point lies on who is taking the first steps on that direction. It seems Canonical intends to be the first. The time will tell if they were right. Do you think that’s the path all mobile OS and manufacturers should be taken?

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