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Ubuntu Edge: Future of Smartphones?
(**Before I get into the whole deal about the phones specs and stuff it’s to be noted that this phone is still only a concept, and while most of these things are final they can be subject to change. Also, this phone only available for a limited time for backers of the project and will NOT be available to buy at launch. The date it has to reach its backing is till August 21, 2013 at 11:59pm PT. The link for the Indiegogo page is here: http://igg.me/at/ubuntuedge/x **)
Many people today use smartphones, whether it’s an Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or some other smartphone that uses Android OS. The company that makes the popular open-source operating system Ubuntu is now shooting to develop a smartphone that pushes the boundaries of what a smartphone is and what it is capable of. They are calling there concept smartphone the Ubuntu Edge.
The Ubuntu Edge is said to have the ability to duel-boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android, as well as turn into a full Ubuntu desktop PC. What this means is when you use Ubuntu for Android and dock the phone, it turns into a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop PC. When it’s not docked, it can run Android or Ubuntu mobile OS. The way they do this is with a process that they call “convergence”, which allows for the Ubuntu OS to talk with the Android OS together in harmony. Now right now you might be thinking “what can this ‘convergence’ do for me?” Well, it allows content to be shared between both mobile OS’ and Ubuntu desktop. By doing this, stuff like your contacts, music, and other things can be used or edited in desktop mode, then be undocked and still have what you did in desktop mode changed in the OS’.
Now to the good stuff: the phones specs. The Edge’s body is crafted from one piece of textured metal. This is to give it a solid feeling in your hand, along with the triangular cut corners. When they reach their goal, they will use the fastest multi-core processor available for the CPU. They will also give the phone 4 GB of RAM and a extremely generous 128GB storage. For the screen, they replaced ordinary glass with a Sapphire Glass screen. To put it into perspective of how strong this glass is, it would take a pocket full of diamonds to scratch the screen. The actual screen itself is 4.5inch 1280×720 HD. This is because the choice of a display that balances the resolution with dynamic range and color accuracy. They use silicon-anode Li-Ion battery technology to give the phone a longer battery life. It also sports a 2mp front facing camera and a 8mp low-light rear facing camera, along with a flash on the back.
Now to the other additional features: it has dual-LTE, dual-ban 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC, GPS, Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Barometer, 3.5mm headphone jack, 11-pin connector for charging and docking, stereo speaker with dual-microphone recording, active noise cancellation, and a micro-SIM card slot. For those of you who don’t know what all this fancy stuff is, well it’s pretty much a bunch of stuff that makes the phone work and run even better. The dimensions of this phone are 64 x 9 x 124mm.
This is pretty much a summary of what the Ubuntu Edge is. I hope you enjoyed finding out about this phone if you didn’t already know about it. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the phone’s Indiegogo page listed at the top.