The tablet market may be saturated with Android tablets, but it's not very often that you find a well-spec'd tablet boasting Ubuntu. Italian company DaVinci Mobile Technology has opened up pre-orders for its new 10.1 inch, full HD tablet. The tablet will feature a dual boot system with Android 4.0 installed alongside Ubuntu 12. Named, Nibbio (Kite in Italian), the tablet is available in Wifi and 3G versions, both costing €309. The cost of securing a pre-order however, is a mere €29. What's more, placing a pre-order entitles you to an additional year on your tablet's warranty. The tablets will begin shipment midway through March 2013.
Although slightly thicker, the Nibbio is lighter than the Nexus 10 tablet from Google. The Nibbio packs a 1.4 Ghz Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB DDR3 memory and 32GB internal storage. It comes fitted with a front facing VGA camera and a rear facing 2MP camera.
Here are the full specifications as listed on the supplier website:
Display: 10.1 "IPS Multi-touch Capacitive viewing angle of 178°
CPU: Samsung Exynos Quad-Core 1.4 Ghz
GPU: Mali-400MP Quad-Core
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
Storage: 32 GB
3G networks: No
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Camera: VGA front, rear 2.0 MegaPixel
Display Resolution: 1920x1200 @ 16M colors
Battery: 5400mAh 3.7V
Inputs and Outputs: 3.5 mm jack for headphones, Up to 32GB TF Reader, Mini USB
OTG functions: Support for USB keyboard and mouse
Supported OS: Android 4.0 ICS, Ubuntu 12
Hardware aside, the impressive feature offered by Nibbio is the dual-boot with Android and Ubuntu. The supplier website boasts, “thanks to the choice of the operating system Android and Ubuntu Linux, you can get access to over 700,000 applications through Android Market and over 1,000,000 for Linux, through Ubuntu Software Centre.”
Another Italian manufacturer, Ekoore, has been shipping Ubuntu tablets for some time already. After reading up on the Dylan tablet on offer from Ekoore at €599, it's safe to say that the Nibbio packs a punch at €290 cheaper than Ekoore's Dylan. However, as with any yet-to-be-released hardware, the build quality and actual performance is unknown at this stage.
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