World’s First Ubuntu-Powered Tablet Up for Pre-Order

March 31, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Canonical’s open source software finally gets into the mobile devices officially. After being babbling about the mobile experience for years, they finally get to field their Ubuntu US in a tablet device, which has now started entered the pre-order phase.

BQ’s Aquaris M10 is the device that has now become the world’s first Ubuntu Linux powered tablet. The 10.1-inch Aquaris M10 will be arriving in two variants; the HD version with 1280×800 pixel resolution and Full HD version with 1920×1200 resolution. BQ has started taking pre-orders for both the version.

The versions represent no difference in the remaining specifications. A MediaTek MT8163A chipset runs at the heart of the device with quad-cores processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It’s coupled with a RAM of 2GB, and a Mali-T720 MP2 600 MHz GPU.


Primary cam is of 8MP for Aquaris M10, and this comes paired with a front cam of 5MP. 16GB storage is what you get onboard, which can be expanded by means of micro SDs. The device is also powered with a modest LiPo battery of 7280 mAh capacity.

Although being touted as a tablet, the Aquaris M10 can also be used as a convertible by plugging in an external display, keyboard and mouse. The device automatically doubles up as an Ubuntu-powered PC with these plugged in. Aquaris M10 will be running the Ubuntu 15.1 version in it.

The HD Version comes at a price of $289 (€259), and the Full HD version is priced for $335 (€299). The devices can be pre-ordered from the BQ store. Aquaris M10 was initially announced during February, and the shipment is expected to commence by the second week of April.

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