The upcoming range of smartphones running Canonical’s new Ubuntu operating system should be on the market later this year priced between $200 and $400.
The prices were revealed by Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth whilst speaking at the Cebit computer expo in Germany. Although it was first thought that the line of Ubuntu phones would be targeting a strictly low-end market, Shuttleworth confirmed that the smartphones would aim for a more mid-range price of up to $400. Canonical will be teaming up with hardware manufacturers Meizu and BQ in order to produce the phones following a failed attempt to raise $32 million to create the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.
One of the main aims behind Canonical’s Ubuntu phone is for the device to have the capability to function as a computer when plugged into a monitor. According to Shuttleworth, this technological innovation has proven to be very popular with many audiences. “I think as people get more and more excited about having a personal computing device that can be a TV or piece of wearable computing, they’ll be more excited about being part of Ubuntu’s mobile story.”