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Ubuntu Needs $32 Million in a Month to Make Smartphone

By Norman Chan

$830 phone would run Ubuntu Phone OS and Android.

Canonical, the makers of the Ubuntu operating system, is seeking to raise $32 Million in an Indiegogo campaign to launch a high-end Ubuntu smartphone. Billed as a low-volume, high-technology platform for enthusiasts and phone developers, the Ubuntu Edge will run Ubuntu mobile, Android, and also work as the full Ubuntu desktop OS when connected to a monitor. It'll be able to do that with its ambitious specs: 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage, and a 720p screen. But at a price of $830 per phone (early bird pricing is $600 for one day only), Canonical needs to sell 40,000 units to raise enough money for the endeavor, and the Edge isn't expected to ship until May 2014.