A company called MJ Technology is planning to launch Ubuntu tablets powered by an Intel Atom x7 Cherry Trail quad core processor with 4GB RAM, 64 GB RAM, and 8.9″ or 10.1″ full HD displays.
- SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad core processor up to 2.40 GHz with Intel HD Gen8 graphics
- System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3 RAM (2x2GB)
- Storage – 64GB Internal + micro SD Slot up to 128GB
- Display – 8.9″ and 10.1″ HD IPS display (1920×1200) with 10 point multi-touch
- Video Output – micro HDMI
- Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 2x 2W speakers
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 1 x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 host port, 1 x micro USB port
- Camera – 8MP front facing camera, and 13MP rear camera
- Expansion – Internal mini PCI-Express slot with external access
- Sensors – G Sensor,Compass,Gyroscope, GPS
- Battery – 8.9″: 7500mAh, 10.1″: 8500mAh
- Battery Life – 8.9″: 7-8 hours (200 hours on standby), 10.1″: 8-9 hours (200 hours on standby)
- Dimensions & Weight – N/A
The company claims in a comment on their Facebook post that the tablet runs Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus), despite the version only planned for release on April 2016, so that means it’s currently running an Alpha version of the operating system, but there’s a reason for that.
A concern with Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors is that Intel does not put much efforts into getting Linux to work on these platform so things like audio output (HDMI or ) or wireless connectivity may not work out of the specs, and the product manufacturer would have to work on making it work properly. For example, the first version of Rikomagic MK36S LE mini PC with an Intel Atom x5 processor won’t support HDMI audio.
The company plans to launch the Ubuntu tablets via a crowdfunding campaign that will start on January 18, 2016 with shipping scheduled for June 2016, which explains the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS claim. The tablets are also listed on their website for $349 and $399 for respectively the 8.9″ and 10″ versions, but it’s not possible to pre-order yet. Bear in mind that there’s no address or telephone number on the company website, and only renders of the tablets are available, but the company is promising “numerous videos” on the crowdfunding page, so hopefully we’ll see some actual demos in the next few days. [Update: There are some pictures if you scroll down on the Facebook, and also a 6 month old video shows the Ubuntu tablet prototype]
There’s also a separate rumor that Canonical will unveil an Ubuntu tablet made by BQ Readers, and allegedly currently codenamed Frieza, at Mobile World Congress 2016 that will take place on February 22 – 25, but I could not find any actual detail or confirmation about this hardware.
Via Softpedia (Thanks to Nanik)
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