Exclusive: A New Ubuntu Edge Smartphone to Launch this Year, Desktop Abilities Included

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Even though Canonical may have fizzled out of the crowd-funding campaign for the launch of the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone, there is still some light ahead.

A new player is determined to take this to the end and we will see a new Ubuntu Edge-like smartphone go on sale before the end of this year. Of course the Ubuntu Edge won’t be the first smartphone to be based on this amazing platform. Just last month, a new BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition was launched. However, this device lacks in some areas when compared to the Edge.

Features of Ubuntu Edge smartphone

The new Ubuntu Edge smartphone is expected to be better than the previous release. One feature that will excite users is the ability of the Ubuntu Edge to work as a desktop. You can easily hook this phone to a monitor and use it in place of your PC.

This news was revealed by the founder of Canonical just last week.However, he did not give further details about the specs of this phone. There is little information about the hardware of the device, carrier support, the pricing or even where this device will be sold. However, one thing that is for sure is that the Ubuntu Edge will be launched before the end of 2015. This means that in about 6 months’ time, shelves will be stocked with the Ubuntu Edge phone.

Ubuntu Edge to compete with Microsoft Windows 10 Continuum ability

When the Ubuntu Edge arrives, it won’t be the first smartphone to offer the double abilities of working as a smartphone as well as a PC. Just recently, Microsoft launched the Windows 10 OS and this OS comes with a similar capability for Windows powered smartphones. The Windows 10 Continuum functionality is even offering much superior capabilities, something that Ubuntu may be looking to emulate or even better it.

It will be interesting to see how this device works and the specs that Canonical are looking to include, other than the ability to work as a desktop.