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Ubuntu Edge breaks record for hardware crowdfunding, could still fail

updated 12:42 pm EDT, Fri August 16, 2013

Canonical smartphone beats $10.2m record held by Pebble smartwatch

Canonical has managed to achieve a new record in hardware crowdfunding, with its smartphone reaching $10.4 million in pledges at the time of writing. The Indiegogo campaign for the Ubuntu Edge has beaten the $10.2 million raised during the Pebble smartwatch's Kickstarter campaign, though it is still a considerable distance away from being funded and put into production.

According to Canonical, the current top contributing nations for the Ubuntu Edge are lead by the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. So far, over 14,500 units have been pledged including six devices at the limited $10,000 level, and one bundle of 115 devices for $80,000, though there are currently no pledges for the new Enterprise Starter Kit tier, which offers ten of the devices and support for $7,000.

Despite the new crowdfunding record being set, the project is still in danger of not being funded. Even though it has updated its pricing for individual units twice, it still needs to gain another $21.5 million in pledges in the next six days, otherwise it will not receive any funding at all. If it fails, Canonical will still "continue to bring an Ubuntu phone to market with our industry partners and will continue to develop the vision of converged computing," said Victor Palau, vice president of mobile delivery at Canonical, to Techworld. "Whatever happens in the next week, the Ubuntu Edge is already making a difference," continued Palau, claiming the project is showing the mobile industry that user are "no longer satisfied with minor updates."

The Ubuntu Edge is capable of running both Android and Ubuntu, with its ability to be docked and used as a full Ubuntu desktop being its main selling point. Running on an undisclosed processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it is said to have a 4.5-inch, 1280x720 display, an 8-megapixel rear camera with 2-megapixel front version, dual LTE antennas, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0. MHL, and NFC. Canonical is charging $695 for the device through its crowdfunding campaign.




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