As campaign tops a few million, Ubuntu Edge adds a few more price points

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Canonical has actually added three brand-new pricing tiers to its Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding project, which already exceeded $5 million (about ₤ 3.25 m, AU$ 5.44 m) in just a couple of days.

If that seems like a lot, it’s because it’s – but it’s just a fraction of the $32 million (about ₤ 20.8 m, AU$ 34.8 m) Canonical is looking for to fund its high-end new smartphone on Indiegogo.

The $600 (about ₤ 390, AU$ 653) rate point – which allowed 5,000 backers to secure the phone for themselves when it introduces – sold out almost immediately, so the business has actually added $625 (about ₤ 406, AU$ 680), $675 (about ₤ 439, AU$ 734), and $725 (about ₤ 471, AU$ 789) tiers also.

The next-lowest prices tier after $600 was previously $830 (about ₤ 540, AU$ 903), and Canonical is likely trying to rope in more on-the-fence clients while it’s still riding the wave of buzz from its preliminary announcement.

Get ’em while they are hot

Like the initial $600 tier, each of the brand-new cost points gets backers a pre-order Ubuntu Edge smartphone.

All three have 1,250 slots readily available, though Canonical will offer a growing number of sub-$830 areas as the project continues.

The Ubuntu Edge is designed to be more powerful than anything that’s being provided on the smartphone market today, including flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5, and Lumia 928.

With 4GB of RAM, dual LTE receivers, 128GB of storage, and likely a 4.5-inch display made of pure sapphire crystal, it might well succeed. It’s even more concept auto than customer item nevertheless, however it could well be the start of something bigger at Canonical and for Ubuntu.

That naturally relies on Canonical actually raising that $32 million, which seems only slightly less insane now that the project has actually reached $5 million since Monday.

The business currently plans to make just 40,000 of the high-end Ubuntu Edge smartphones, with other, reduced- to mid-tier phones running Ubuntu possibly coming later.