Linux News Today: The First Ubuntu Tablet, BQ Aquaris M10, Is Available for Pre-Order Now – Updated
We reported this month that Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux, and BQ, the Spanish mobile manufacturer, teased users with the availability for pre-order of the first-ever Ubuntu tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition.
The tablet is usually sold via BQ’s online store in two variants, Aquaris M10 HD and Aquaris M10 Full HD, with the Android 5.1 Lollipop mobile operating system, but thanks to the collaboration between Canonical and BQ, the Ubuntu community can now purchase it with the latest Ubuntu Touch mobile OS.
During last month’s MWC 2016 event, which took place, as usual, in Barcelona, Spain, 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.
Those who attended Mobile World Congress this year probably had the pleasure of playing a little with the first Ubuntu tablet, as well as the Ubuntu convergence. But now, after one long month of wait, you can have one for yourself by pre-ordering it right now from the BQ online store.
Technical specifications, shipping information
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. Another crucial aspect is that BQ will ship the Ubuntu tablet on select countries around the European Union (EU) as well as some non-EU ones.
We had already told you last month everything there is to know about the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, but to summarize its technical specifications again, we can tell you that it boasts a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a MediaTek Quad-core MT8163A 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, MicroSD slot up to 64GB, and an 8 MP camera with dual flash, autofocus, and Full HD (1080p) video recording.
Update: It appears that the BQ store shows difference pricing for the Ubuntu tablet, depending on your location. Our readers reported that fact that on some countries they have to pay with €10 more for each model. We’ve asked BQ and they say that it is a shipment matter, that the delivery company they’re using wants more money for shipping the tablet on some countries.