Canonical has partnered with Spanish OEM Bq to introduce Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which is the first commercial Ubuntu tablet and is also the first one to offer an Ubuntu convergent experience. “It can switch to an Ubuntu PC when connected with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, or when using the micro HDMI port to connect to an external monitor,” said the company.
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition specifications
- 10.1-inch (1920×1200 pixels) 16:10 IPS display
- 1.5GHz quad-core processor MediaTek MT8163A processor
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD
- 8MP auto focus rear camera with dual LED flash, 1080p video recording
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Dimensions: 246 x 171 x 8.2mm; Weight: 470 grams
- Front-facing speakers, Dolby Atmos
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI, USB OTG
- 7280mAh battery
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet will roll out globally starting from Q2 2016. It will be available for order through BQ’s online store and is rumored to be priced around 250 Euros (US$ 280 / Rs. 18930 approx.)
Commenting on the announcement, Jane Silber, Canonical CEO said:
We’re bringing you everything you’ve come to expect from your Ubuntu PC, now on the tablet with BQ, soon on smartphones. This isn’t a phone interface stretched to desktop size – it’s the right user experience and interaction model for the given situation. Also, in terms of applications, we have something no other OS can provide: a single, visual framework and set of tools for applications to run on any type of Ubuntu smart device.