First Ubuntu Touch tablet up for preorder in Australia

First Ubuntu Touch tablet up for preorder in Australia

first_imgRecently Canonical showed off a special Ubuntu build for tablets, and now Australian company Intermatix is offering its customers the chance to pre-order the first tablets running the new OS. Unsurprisingly, two models are being offered: the Intermatix U7 and U10, which sport screens measuring 7 and 10 inches, respectively.As per Canonical’s announced guidelines, the Intermatix U7 Ubuntu tablet will pack a quad-core processor (details about the U10 haven’t been posted to the website yet). It’s clocked at 1.5GHz and teamed up with 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Vivante GC1000+ GPU. Internal storage is capped at 16GB, but a micro SD card slot is provided to meet your expansion needs. The 7-inch model’s display features a native resolution of  1280 x 800 — for a pixel density of around 275. There’s also a rear-facing 2MP camera, VGA cam on the front, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and an HDMI output. Power is provided by a 4000mAh lithium-ion battery. The U7 measures just 12mm thick and weighs only 350 grams, making it ever-so-slightly bulkier than the Nexus 7.The Intermatix U7 featues hardware that’s pretty much identical to what you’ll find in the Ainol Novo7 Venus tablet, and it’s highly likely that the company has simply re-branded the Novo7 and pre-loaded Ubuntu Touch firmware. Intermatix is commanding a premium, of course, for loading Canonical’s OS over the default Android Jelly Bean. The Novo7 Venus can be found for as alittle as $161AUD in Oz, and Intermatix is asking $299 for the U7 — though you’ll score a 10% discount if you’re one of the first 50 customers.But since Canonical is offering up daily builds and Ainol’s inexpensive tablets have a pretty active developer community working on them, you may just want to order a Novo7 Venus on the cheap and load Ubuntu Touch yourself. You’d also have your tablet in hand a lot sooner: Intermatix is projecting a delivery date in October, but that’s got a lot to do with the fact that Ubuntu Touch won’t see a stable build released for a few more months.last_img

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