We do love a good crowd sourcing project, as it gives the consumers a chance to choose if they wish for a particular product to make it to production or not. The success rate is mixed, but there have been some great successes over the years, but we cannot be sure if the Ubuntu Edge will be one of them.
While the Ubuntu Edge does not even exist yet, there are concerns of its price, as it could cost almost $800, and that is without knowing the finalized specs. The likelihood of the smartphone making it to production is up to you, as you are being asked to come up with $32,000,000, and the project on Indiegogo is a third of the way through its campaign and only $7,239,743 has been raised.
While this is still a good achievement, it means if they kept going at that rate, then they could be about $10,000,000 short of their target. So as you can see, it is not looking good.
Maybe the proposed Ubuntu Edge specs is a reason why this project might not reach its target, as it is expected to come with a 4.5-inch display at 720p, although the screen will be made from sapphire crystal, and so will be very tough. The fastest mutli-core processor is expected to be used, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Most of those features do sound rather impressive, but maybe there would be more backing if it was to come with a 5-inch display and 1080p support? If it did offer all those specs, then maybe there would not be the concern of paying such a high price for the handset either?
Having said that, you can pay more for an unlocked iPhone, and when you consider the Ubuntu Edge smartphone looks to be the ultimate in terms of most of its specs, it might not be such a bad deal after all, although at least you know you have the backing of Apple, Samsung etc if you have an issue with your handset, not sure I would feel as safe with Canonical.