BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablets were unveiled at Mobile World Congress last month, and were touted as the first Ubuntu devices supporting convergence. The two versions of the tablet are now up for pre-order.
BQ Aquaris M10 HD and M10 FHD Ubuntu Edition specifications:
- SoC – MediaTek MT8163A ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor @ 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-T720MP2 GPU @ 600 MHz
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB storage + microSD card slot
- M10 HD – 10.1″ 10-point mulitouch screen; 1280×800 resolution
- M10 FHD – 10.1″ 10-point multitouch screen; 1920×1200 resolution
- Video Output – micro HDMI output
- Audio – Frontal speakers, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio
- Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS
- Camera – 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and dual flash, and 5MP front-facing camera
- USB – micro USB OTG port
- Sensors – Light, accelerometer, eCompass
- Battery – 7,280 mAh Li-Po battery
- Dimensions – 246 x 171 x 8.2mm
- Weight – 470 grams
The specs between the Android and Ubuntu versions appear to be exactly the same, so it looks like the price difference is because of the operating systems. The Ubuntu versions also have a free cover and protector screen, but I don’t think it’s enough to explain the price difference. The price will also vary depending on the countries. For example, French people have the “privilege” of paying around 10 Euros extra for a “copy” tax, and a few Euros cents on top for an Eco tax.
The Ubuntu tablets will ship the second week of April with Ubuntu 15.04, but they should soon get Ubuntu 16.04 update once the Xerus Xenial is released at the end of April.