Plug your smartphone into a big screen, and it becomes your desktop computer. You can also fund its manufacture as an investor.
State-of-the-art technology and “crowdsourcing” are coming together in the making of Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone being made by British firm Canonical, which plans to garner $32 million (Rs 190 crore) from ordinary people to make 40,000 phones due in 2014.
In the two days since this crowdfunding offer was initiated, investors have already pledged 12% of the required funds. Investors, depending on their share, will get smartphones and share the stage with Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth at the unveiling event of the 4.5-inch phone.
Powered by both Google-backed Andorid and its own open-source Linux-based Ubuntu platform, the phone will run on multi-core processors and boasts of a 4 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage along with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 mega pixel front camera.
The phone will also be ready for 4G/LTE telecoms for high-speed data links.
“With that kind of muscle, this phone can be your main PC anywhere -- and we really do mean anywhere. You can use the desktop wherever you can find a standard HDMI screen,” Canonical says at crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com. “It’s desktop computing gone truly mobile.”