Key to the Ubuntu Edge is the aim to bridge the gap between mobile phones and PCs. To accomplish that, the Edge will be designed to run a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop operating system alongside Android. While specs are currently tentative, the company is aiming to outfit the Edge with a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Meanwhile, the phone itself will sport a 4.5-inch, 1,280 x 720 display that’s constructed of sapphire crystal glass, an 8MP rear / 2MP front-facing camera and stereo speakers. As for connectivity, Canonical’s eyeing LTE connectivity, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, along with MHL support for HDTVs and the like.
That’s a helluva phone/computer thing, and it will retail unlocked, unsubsidized for $830. Cheap? No. But it’s also unique and should market well to a niche of power users who won’t mind ponying up for an Ubuntu-based superphone.
I wonder what this will do to the top of Samsung’s line, if they start losing big-money customers who have had to “make do,” if that term could possible apply here, with Galaxy phones.