World’s First Ubuntu Linux Tablet, Aquaris M10, Available For Preorder From $290

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Have you ever wished that you could have the full Ubuntu Linux experience in a more portable, personal form-factor? No, we’re not talking about Ubuntu on a laptop, but on a tablet. If that’s been a dream of yours, you’ll soon be able to sample Ubuntu goodness in a 10.1-inch form-factor at the retail level.

Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, have teamed up with Spanish device maker BQ to bring us the Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, which runs Ubuntu OS version 15.04 (Vivid Velvet). What’s great about Vivid Velvet is that users are presented with a touch-centric interface when using the tablet by itself, and it converts to a desktop mode when you attach a mouse and keyboard (that sounds a bit to us like Continuum on Windows 10 devices).

On the hardware front, don’t expect to find anything special here with the two tablet models that are currently available for preorder (HD and FHD). The HD tablet features a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8163A processor and a 1280x800 resolution display. The FHD ups the ante with a 1920x1200 display and a slightly faster 1.5GHz version of the same MediaTek processor.

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Shared features among the tablets include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (11.2GB of which is usable), a microSD slot (supports up to 200GB), Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera and a 7280 mAh battery.

Both variants of the Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet are now available for preorder, with the the HD model priced at €259 ($290), while the FHD model goes for €299 ($335). If you preorder now, your tablet will [hopefully] ship during the second week of April.