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Ubuntu Tablet Now Available For Pre-Order 81

prisoninmate writes: During last month's MWC 2016 event, Canonical had the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet on display at their huge booth, along with the superb Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, and the Sony Xperia Z1 and OnePlus One Ubuntu Phones. The company teased users last week with the availability for pre-order of the first ever Ubuntu tablet for March 28, and that day has arrived. Probably the most important aspect of the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, which interested many users, was the price, and we can tell you now that it costs €289.90 for the Full HD version, and €249.90 for the HD model. It can be pre-ordered now from BQ's online store.
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Ubuntu Tablet Now Available For Pre-Order

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  • Oh boy! (Score:1, Funny)

    The perfect accessory for my Firefox phone! Sign me up for this overpriced underpowered slab of junk.

  • by ausekilis ( 1513635 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @07:22AM (#51791489)
    The only way i can see this taking off is in a business sense... and even then it needs to be tightly tied to an Ubuntu ecosystem.

    Apple went the consumer route with the iPad and made it a media consumption device. Youtube, email, facebook, etc... Microsoft went the professional route with the Surface, enabling professional artists to have a digital sketchbook, or architects to view that 3d model. Both MS and Apple have nice integration with their mainstream OS/Server solutions. If Ubuntu wants to stay relevant, they need to up the ante and provide something their competitors don't. I could see these being used for a collaborative meeting where every person can write to a display, or view/take notes on slides. Video Teleconference with a team across the ocean, etc...

    If they don't give something new for the money, then Archiebunker is completely right.
  • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @07:25AM (#51791505)

    I have Ubuntu 15.10 on my Lenovo Thinkpad X that has a multi-touch display and can be converted to a tablet.
    However I rarely ever do this because Ubuntu touch display defaults in general suck. I am not apt to change from the defaults because most of the time I want to use it like a desktop, this model is too old (big and bulky) to really be used as a tablet. However Ubuntu at its current state just sucked on tablet mode.

    • by Knuckles ( 8964 )

      Your desktop Ubuntu is not the same as phone/tablet Ubuntu, the unification is yet to happen, maybe with 16.10

    • Exactly. Microsoft had to go through a lot of trouble and annoy a lot of users to make their OS tablet friendly. But they did it because they knew it would have to be done eventually if they ever wanted Windows to work properly on tablets. I don't think that Ubuntu has made enough changes to make Linux really usable as a tablet.

      • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

        Of course, Microsoft ended up pretty much ditching Win32 for tablets, so while their OS is now 'tablet friendly', it only really has apps if you use it in laptop mode. I'm not sure whether Gnome or KDE or whatever GUI toolkit Ubuntu's using for this thing is more tablet friendly (or at least potentially more friendly) than Win32 was. It's arguably more 'modern', and probably uses a layout engine that (again potentially) can make it easier for apps to adjust to touch-friendly display parameters without tot

    • I am not apt to change

      *Golf clap*.

  • Can we wipe Ubuntu off of it and put a real Linux distro on it? Still wouldn't want it, 10inch doesn't fit in the pocket, small 8inch tablet good enough when on the go.

    Despite Ubuntu, we're still waiting for a proper Linux distro for a phone, and tablet. I'm getting really sick of Google/Android, it's increasingly becoming like Microsoft, taking control away from users.

    • by flacco ( 324089 )

      > 10inch doesn't fit in the pocket

      5-6inch linux tablet would be perfect.

      • Those are called "smartphones" now. Most of the higher-end models have 5+ inch screens.

        I'm not sure why you would want to, but maybe you can install Ubuntu on one of those?

    • by magpie ( 3270 )
      Um the n900 (phone...well more kinda a pocket computer that made phone calls) was basically debian, nice bit of kit, shame nokia killed it. The Neo 900 showed promise, but that project seems to have stalled.
  • by JanneM ( 7445 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @07:53AM (#51791577) Homepage

    I want one of these. It's plenty capable enough as a lightweight laptop replacement and companion device to a real desktop. And the price is low enough that I don't feel worried about wasting my money.

    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      Sure if the laptop was from 10 years ago.

      • by JanneM ( 7445 )

        Sure if the laptop was from 10 years ago.

        My next-to-last laptop would have been 8 years this year. And performance-wise it would still be a perfectly viable machine for the kind of stuff I do on the road. Surf the web, lightweight programming, a few SSH sessions, writing and creating graphs, creating and editing presentations and so on.

        This one is thin and lightweight enough - similar to my current Xperia tablet - that it really is unnoticeable in the bag. And, of course, the price makes it a "safe" buy, an

    • Quad-core, lame GPU, pathetic uSD support (only 64GB? phones do 128GB, lames) and most ridiculously, only 2GB RAM. That's asstacular. That's minimally OK for Android, but it should have 4GB minimum for running Ubuntu, and I don't want to use Linux on less than 8GB any more, that being about the point at which I don't feel I need swap.

      • by JanneM ( 7445 )

        The price is about normal for a device this class. And you're not going to use this for all the same things as a big laptop. I certainly want at least 16GB on a "real" machine, but I'm not going to do any of the things that require it on this.

        • The price is about normal for a device this class. And you're not going to use this for all the same things as a big laptop.

          Then I'm not going to run Ubuntu on it, either. We already have a Linux for limited devices which works gracefully under those circumstances, it's called Android.

          • by JanneM ( 7445 )

            We already have a Linux for limited devices which works gracefully under those circumstances, it's called Android.

            Much as I like Android - and already have several Android devices - it's not a good platform for content creation. Try finding a graceful way to run ipython with scipy and matplotlib (for simple analysis and plotting); something like Inkscape to edit SVG diagrams and illustrations; or Impress to make and edit presentations using that data while travelling.

            • Much as I like Android - and already have several Android devices - it's not a good platform for content creation.

              Neither is Ubuntu on a low-resource tablet. It will always be cramped and crufty. If you must run Ubuntu on a tablet, buy a damned EEE Slate on eBay already. For less money you will get dramatically more machine, and it will run Ubuntu just fine and dandy.

            • by Herve5 ( 879674 )

              For vector illustration I'd say DrawExpress (admittedly the only good one I know); for cloning MS powerpoint there are various efficient things, like the german PresentationMaker/PlanMaker/Textmaker; for photo serious processing (including raw/dng files, curves correction etc.) you get Photo Mate (also the only one I know).
              DE and PM do propose inventive GUIs, specific to 'fingering' on small screens, with striking efficiencies.

              Honestly, and while I'll never rely on android installations that are not root by

  • So what will this 10 inch €300 tablet actually do that a 10 inch Android tablet won't, for half the price?

    Really, nobody cares what O/S anything runs, any more (and probably never did - unless it was a Windows tablet). What matters is what apps, security, price, speed and bugginess/bloatware it sports.

    • by slaker ( 53818 )

      As a potentially serious answer, you'll have full access to its filesystem without any special tricks, fully functional USB ports for things like printing and the ability to run arbitrary non-tablet applications for stuff like software dev work. And it's cheaper than running all that stuff in a VM on a Surface Pro or the like.

      I agree that this thing is too expensive for a kind of lame ARM system from a off-brand OEM, but there's probably a niche out there that is willing to pay $300 for a 10" Linux tablet i

    • Really, nobody cares what O/S anything runs,
      People who want to install their own software on it, care. E.g. on Android you either do C and need deep knowledge or use Java and get flamed :D and on Linux you use what ever you want, e.g. Python. You have multiple "users" if you want etc. pp.

      You seem not to have any clue what an OS is ans why people use a certain OS.

      • by Merk42 ( 1906718 )

        Really, nobody cares what O/S anything runs, People who want to install their own software on it, care. E.g. on Android you either do C and need deep knowledge or use Java and get flamed :D and on Linux you use what ever you want, e.g. Python. You have multiple "users" if you want etc. pp.

        You seem not to have any clue what an OS is ans why people use a certain OS.

        OK, replace "nobody" with "the vast majority". Do you think the edge cases are enough of a sustainable market?

        • Of course the edge cases are enough to sustain a market.

          Or do you think the "inventors" are just plain stupid?

          I for a matter of fact may buy one. I earn about $100 an hour, why should I care if my Ubuntu Tablet costs $150 more than a cheap Android tablet? Why should I care if I work 1.5 hours or 3 hours for a tablet I like?

          What I care for in this example are unreasonable low limits on RAM and expansion cards. So likely I wait for the next better version of it :D

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This Ubuntu tablet has 2 UI modes.
    The first is the normal tablet mode, if no bluetooth mouse or keypad connected.
    As soon as either is connected, it goes into windowing mode like a normal desktop to use it like a normal desktop.
    That is exactly what I want - most of the time, I want to attach a real mouse and keyboard and type
    on a physical keyboard. Its faster. And I want to move around from numerous applications copy, pasting,
    and running tasks. It also has a micro HDMI port to connect to a big HDMI screen if

  • by the_humeister ( 922869 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @10:27AM (#51792463)

    Installed Ubuntu on my Surface Pro 2.

  • Proper Baytrail support would open Ubuntu, derivatives and Linux in general to a bunch of cheap, plentiful Intel powered tablets, that cost a fraction of what this does.

    And yes, I know you can get some distros to run, however they usually lack a bunch of drivers, wifi and touchscreen are a particular problem, as is battery life.
    • Well for a start, you're a generation behind - Cherry Trail was all the rage in 2015 in products such as Surface 3. A Surface 4 with a Willow Trail SoC will be released in time for Christmas, no doubt.

      I looked at these Bay Trail tablets when the supermarkets here had them on sale. I decided even for $AU99 they were trouble. :(

  • I'm just happy 16.04 has native 32 bit EFI support, something all of us with Bay Trail Atom tablets have been waiting for a long time.
  • I have an iPad, a MS Surface and a Motorola Xoom tablet. I'm good for now with all the tablets. BTW the Motorola Xoom is pretty much already a Linux Tablet and the iPad is basically BSD at it's core. So why do I need an Ubuntu tablet in my life? If I need a new tablet I can get a current version of Samsung's tablet used on eBay for between 100 and 150 dollars and that would be like for the 32gb model.
  • It's Ubuntu, it's a tablet... This would have been great a few years ago. Glad I'm not on the hook for this one. Someone will lose a bunch of money.

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