If you are looking for an Arm Linux tablet option are limited with, for instance, the Allwinner A64 powered 10.1-inch PineTab tablet or the CutiePi tablet with a Raspberry Pi CM4 module.
If you’d like more performance, the upcoming JingPad A1 2-in-1 tablet might be an option worth looking into. The 11-inch 2K tablet features an octa-core Cortex-A75/A55 processor, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and can be transformed into a laptop with an optional detachable keyboard. JingPad A1 runs the company’s JingOS optimized for tablets, and which also happens to be able to run Android apps.
JingPad A1 specifications:
- SoC – Unnamed octa-core processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A75 CPU cores @ 2 GHz, 4x Arm Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 1.8 GHz, Imagination PowerVR GM9446 GPU @ 800 MHz. (
I can’t find an exact match, but if it looks similar to MediaTek Helio P90 except the configuration is 2x Cortex-A75, 6x Cortex-A55Finally it should be UNISOC Tiger T7510 processor instead. See comments)
- System Memory – 6 GB RAM
- Storage – 128GB
- Display – 11-inch AMOLED display with 2368 x 1728 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio), capacitive touchscreen, 109% NTSC color gamut, 350 nits
- Cameras – 16MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
- Audio – dual-mic array
- Dual-band WiFi 2×2 MIMO
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 4G/5G modem (only supported in some countries. a list will be published in June)
- GNSS – GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou
- USB – 1x USB Type-C OTG port
- Battery – 8,000 mAh
- Power Supply – 18W USB-C charger (3 hours for full charge)
- Dimensions – 6.7mm thick
- Weight – 500 grams
The tablet comes with an optional keyboard with 6-rows and a touchpad, and as an optional stylus with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. If the design looks familiar, it’s because JingPad OS and JingPad A1 were inspired by iPadOS and iPad Pro respectively.
JingOS operating system is based on Ubuntu with elements of KDE Plasma and Plasma Mobile, but eventually, the latter may not be used with the company planning to develop its own user interface. The bootloader is unlocked so the developer community may also decide to port other Linux distributions to the tablet/laptop.
It should be noted that JingOS is not only for the company’s own tablet, and it will also run on other tablets such as Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (See GIMP demo on YouTube). Android mobile apps will only run on the JingPad tablet, as third-party hardware is not supported for this specific feature.
JingPad A1 is scheduled to launch on Indiegogo in the next few days. The price is still not known, but you can register in advance to get a 40% discount. The company also already announced its target schedule with the first 50 JingPad A1s running JingOS ARM Beta without OTA expected to ship by July 20, and the second part of 300 tablets should come out around August 20, while mass-production is slated to start later in September. More details may be found and questions asked in the forum and/or discord server.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.