This beautifully crafted smartphone is a proving ground for the most advanced mobile technologies on the horizon, a showpiece for true mobile innovation. And at the heart of it all is convergence: connect to any monitor and this Ubuntu phone transforms into an Ubuntu PC, with a fully integrated desktop OS and shared access to all files. An idea that the smartphone in your pocket can also be the brain of the PC on your desk. We’ve shaped Ubuntu so you can transition seamlessly between the two environments. Now all that’s needed is a phone that’s designed from the ground up to be a PC as well.
The Ubuntu Edge will dual-boot both the Ubuntu phone OS and Android, and convert into a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC. You navigate by swiping over an edge of the screen: open your favorite apps on the left edge, switch instantly between open apps from the right, and use the system and app toolbars at the top and bottom respectively. It’s so simple, Ubuntu doesn't need a home button at all. The inbox was redesigned so you can read and respond to texts, emails and social media posts in an instant. The core OS and applications are fully integrated with their smartphone equivalents, so you can even make and receive calls from the desktop while you work.
As well as being a bonus for app developers and anyone with a big Android app collection, including Android on the phone means you will be able to offer full convergence at launch. On day one, you’ll be able to launch the Ubuntu desktop from within Android using existing Ubuntu for Android app.
Ubuntu will push out free software updates that adds this desktop integration to Ubuntu mobile as well. At that point you’ll have a leading-edge smartphone that runs Ubuntu and Android, both of which can also run a fully integrated Ubuntu desktop OS. However you choose to use Ubuntu Edge, the incredible components will keep it running fast and fresh as the software evolves. Ubuntu will push out monthly Ubuntu software updates to add features and polish, and will guarantee to keep supporting the phone for three years.
Technical Specs for the Ubuntu Phone:
-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
-11-pin connector providing simultaneous MHL and USB OTG
-Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
-64 x 9 x 124mm
Phone Priced between $780-$790 and will be available May 2014. Dual-boots into Ubuntu mobile OS and Android; converts into a full desktop PC. Works with LTE and GSM networks, including Verizon and Sprint. Perks include all charges for US and UK, including VAT and delivery. Standard manufacturer warranty will apply once manufacturer is selected. Zero cost to backers if the campaign is unsuccessful.