Canonical Launches 2-in-1 Ubuntu Tablet

Canonical Launches 2-in-1 Ubuntu Tablet

Canonical on Thursday launched the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, in partnership with BQ. According to Canonical it will ship with the latest Ubuntu software and is the first tablet with the Ubuntu operating system.

The tablet has a 10.1-inch multitactile FHD screen made from Asahi’s Dragontrail glass, which is similar to Gorilla Glass.

Users can connect a wireless mouse and keyboard to use the tablet as a PC. It also can be connected to a monitor or TV

Ubuntu’s Scopes feature are pre-loaded on the tablet app.

The Aquaris M10 is 8.2 mm thick, weighs about a pound, and has a 1.5-GHz 64-bit quad-core Media Tek  MT8163A SOC and a
7,280-mAh LiPo.

Configuration and Additional Features

  • The device has 2 GB of RAM.
    It has 16 GB of internal memory.
    Multitasking and window management.
    Full HD video camera and Micro SD card slot.
    The tablet has a 10.1-inch multitactile FHD screen.
    The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition.

Connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and you’ll be able to use the tablet as a lightweight Ubuntu desktop. It’ll transform from tablet mode and offer you a familiar Unity desktop with windows and the desktop applications you’re familiar with. A Micro HDMI cable can connect it to a larger display.

After years of work, Ubuntu’s Unity 8 desktop finally seems ready for desktop use in the forthcoming Ubuntu 16.04. This tablet provides some solid hardware that shows off Ubuntu’s newest capabilities.

The tablet features Canonical’s long-awaited vision of convergence. Windows 10 did it first, but Ubuntu isn’t giving up. The main touch interface will be similar to the Ubuntu Touch interface found on Ubuntu phones, with Ubuntu’s unique search-based “scopes.” Ubuntu’s tablet interface also features a side-by-side view that allows you to use two apps at once, something Google’s Android tablets still don’t offer.

Aside from the usual touch apps, you’ll be able to use full-featured desktop apps like the Mozilla Firefox web browser, LibreOffice office suite, and GIMP image editor. In theory, any open-source desktop Linux app that can be compiled for an ARM processor should work.

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