Ubuntu tablets finally open for pre-orders, with shipments going out next month

Times have been tough for the forces behind some of the alternative mobile platforms out there, and projects like Firefox OS and Sailfish have failed to find big commercial success. While those two may be on particularly rough ground, not every new platform is struggling to stay afloat, and over the past few months we’ve heard a surprising amount from Canonical about the new hardware coming out running Ubuntu. That’s included the first Ubuntu-based tablet, which we learned back in January would be on the way from Bq. Further hardware details arrived in February, but we still hadn’t heard anything about pricing, or release information more specific than “sometime in Q2.” Now the whole picture is coming into focus, as Bq begins taking pre-orders for the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet.

We’re actually talking about two tablets, both 10.1-inch models with 2GB of RAM, quad-core MediaTek SoCs, and 16GB storage (with the option for microSD expansion). The difference comes in terms of screen resolution, and shoppers have the choice between a 1280 x 800 HD model and a 1920 x 1200 FHD version.

The HD configuration of the tablet is understandably the more affordable option, with pre-orders open now for just about 250 EUR. The FHD version demands a slight premium, going for closer to 290 EUR.

No matter which display panel customers go with, Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Editions will begin shipping next month, during the second week of April. Both tablets highlight Ubuntu’s new convergence feature, allowing users to connect PC accessories and get a full desktop-like environment.

Source: Bq
Via: Slashdot

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