Canonical and BQ launch first Ubuntu tablet

Ubuntu fans have a choice of tablet to chose from now with the release of the first commercially available Ubuntu powered tablet.

Canonical have strong ties with both Meizu and Spanish manufacturer BQ, and in fact released the world’s first Ubuntu powered phone with BQ before Meizu. BQ and Canonical have another first today with the launch of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablet named the Aquaris M10.

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The tablet features a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 display, with a modest quad-core Mediatek MT8163A chipset and just 2GB RAM. The tablet also features an 8 mega-pixel rear camera with dual LED flash, an unusual feature on a tablet, 7,280mAh battery, WIFI, but no LTE.

If need me the tablet can be hooked up to a keyboard, mouse and display and be used as a desktop, although the basic hardware means you will limited to simply applications.

Pricing will be around the $280 mark with plans to offer the tablet in numerous markets around the world.

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  1. realjjj
    February 5, 2016

    The external display is not required to go in desktop mode, just the kb and mouse are enough.

  2. balcobomber25
    February 5, 2016

    I used one of the first Ubuntu phones and it was a unique experience but it fell short due to lack of apps. Scopes are incredibly well thought and useful though. A tablet on the other hand could be the perfect platform for it, I would love to see them come out with a Surface type device.

    • Xiaolu
      February 6, 2016

      Meizu has yet to launch a tablet, this could be a nice opportunity (dreaming is for free!). I’d definitely be in for a Surface like device (to replace my laptop).

  3. yalok
    February 7, 2016

    One could buy a Teclast X16Pro for this money. It offers much better specs and perhaps one could try to install the same ubuntu (tablet) edition on it.

    • sayed
      February 7, 2016

      finally someone who can think by himself
      thank you sir!

    • Muhammad
      February 7, 2016

      Can such thing be possible? I mean installing ubuntu on a Windows tablet

      • yalok
        February 8, 2016

        If bootloader is not locked(it is not, as far as I know) , it can be installed.

        • Muhammad
          February 8, 2016

          Really good to know