First Ubuntu-powered tablet now available for preorder in Europe

First Ubuntu-powered tablet now available for preorder in Europe

On Monday, Ubuntu maker Canonical and Spanish electronics manufacturer BQ announced that the preorders for the world's first Ubuntu-powered tablet - called 'Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition' - have been opened by BQ in Europe.

Announcing that European customers can now place preorders for the BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, Canonical and BQ said that the cost of the tablet starts at _249 (approximately $278). The shipping of the tablet is likely to commence in the second week of April.

However, there has been no official disclosure from Canonical about its plans to sell the Ubuntu-powered tablet in the US.

Some of the key features of the mid-range BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet include a 10.1-inch display with 1920-by-1200 resolution at 240 pixels per inch (ppi); a 1.5GHz MediaTek quad-core MT8163A processor; 2GB of RAM; an 8-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; and 16GB of onboard storage capacity. The tablet runs Canonical's Ubuntu OS version 15.04.

The BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet comes with only one configurable option --- a step up to a Full HD 10.1-inch display, with 1280-by-800 resolution and 160ppi. The Full HD display increases the cost of the tablet _40 ($45).

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