BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet has been announced by Canonical in partnership with Spanish OEM BQ. It is the first Ubuntu tablet and it features the Ubuntu convergent experience. According to the company, “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.”
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Specifications
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200 pixels) 16:10 IPS display that is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8163A processor. It has 2 GB of RAM and comes with 16 GB of internal memory which can also be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card. The device runs on Ubuntu out of the box.
The M10 comes with a 8 megapixel rear primary camera with dual LED flash. It also shoots Full HD 1080p videos. On the front, there is a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. It is 8.2 mm thick and weighs 470 grams. There are front-facing speakers and has Dolby Atmos certified audio.
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG and micro HDMI as connectivity options. The tablet packs in a 7,280 mAh battery under the hood.
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet will be rolled out globally starting from Q2 2016. It will be sold via BQ’s online store and is rumoured to be priced around 250 Euros (US $278 / INR Rs 18,849 approximately). The company had announced the BQ Aquaris X5 smartphone running on Cyanogen OS back in November last year.
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.”