Ubuntu-based mobile devices have been a bit of a swing and a miss: following the failed effort to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge handset, we saw other OEMs arrive to attempt their own take on Ubuntu handsets, and despite the arrival of two such models last year, we failed to see the alternative mobile platform make a lot of headway. But will a changing market offer Ubuntu new hope? Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum mean that users are paying a lot more attention to devices that pull double duty, able to connect to PC hardware and offer users a much more full-fledged computing experience, and Ubuntu’s been working on its own plan for form-factor convergence. Now we’re about to see the release of a new device able to take advantage of this expandability, as Spanish OEM Bq announces for the first Ubuntu tablet.
The tablet’s on track to make an MWC appearance, though its commercial release is believed to still be a couple months off, as the manufacturer awaits the launch of Ubuntu 16.04 Xerus Xenia.
Word is the hardware will offer a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, quad-core MediaTek SoC, and 2GB of RAM, though none of that is official quite yet. And while we hear that the tablet will support Continuum-style expansion, we’re still waiting for details on just how that will work – and if you might need some extra hardware.