World's First Ubuntu Tablet is Available to Pre-Order

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It was just less than two months ago when Canonical said it wanted to reinvent the personal mobile computing experience with the first Ubuntu tablet, the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition. If you've been anxiously awaiting your chance to order one since then, your wait is over—the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is available for pre-order starting at €259 (around $290 in U.S. currency).

That's for the HD version; there's also a Full HD 1080p model that goes for €299 (around $335). In addition to a higher resolution 10.1-inch display, the FHD model gets a faster clocked 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek System-on-Chip (SoC) compared to its lower resolution sibling's 1.3GHz chip.

The other specs are the same—2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC memory that's expandable via microSD, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, micro HDMI, micro USB, 3.5mm jack, 7,280 mAh battery, and of course Ubuntu on the software side (version 15.04).

Will an Ubuntu tablet find an audience? Canonical believes it will. The company notes that Ubuntu is the preferred desktop OS of over 30 million users around the world, adding that the first three Ubuntu phones quickly sold out when they launched to market last year.

Even so, Ubuntu is entering the tablet market long after the initial excitement has worn off. Tablet sales have been on the decline and though Ubuntu brings something unique to the table, it remains to be seen if it will be enough to spark renewed interest in the category.

As part of a special launch offer, both versions of the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition come with a cover and screen protector.

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