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NewsPoster Jul 24, 2013 09:32 AM
Canonical updates $32M Ubuntu Edge funding campaign with lower tiers
Canonical has updated the crowdfunding <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/290368==http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge" rel='nofollow'>campaign</a> for its Ubuntu-powered mobile device, after considerable success in its opening days, in an attempt to maintain momentum. After breaking the $4 million barrier and selling out of the 5000-unit allocation at the initial $600 level, the company has updated its Indiegogo campaign to offer a large array of pledge levels for the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/290369==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/07/22/asking.for.32m.in.funding.to.manufacture.limited.r un.of.ubuntu.smartphone/" rel='nofollow'>Ubuntu Edge</a> smartphone. <br />
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An update on the campaign, spotted <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/290367==http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/ubuntu-edge-prices-lowered-devices-available-from-625" rel='nofollow'>by</a> <em>OMG Ubuntu</em>, shows new tiers at $625, $675, and $725, each with a 1,250-unit limit. A chart supplied at the time of the update shows that after the 1,250 allocation at $775, the price will rise slower but with a greater unit limit, with the $830 original tier having an unlimited capacity. Another extra tier offers two Ubuntu Edge units at a discounted $1,400, while the "One of a Kind" VIP tier for $10,000 and the $80,000 100-unit bundle options from its initial launch are still available. <br />
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The Ubuntu Edge is said to use an unnamed multi-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will be able to dual-boot to Ubuntu and Android when used as a smartphone, but will also run the desktop version of Ubuntu when docked with a monitor and peripherals. It will also have a 4.5-inch, 1280x720 display with sapphire crystal protection, an eight-megapixel low-light rear camera, and dual LTE antennas.<br />
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The project has to raise $32 million by August 21st to receive its funding. At the time of writing, the total has passed $4.25 million.
 
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