Australian Company Offering Pre-Ordering of First Ubuntu Touch Powered Tablets
So you want to be the first kid on your block to own a tablet shipped with Ubuntu Touch running natively? Well it looks like you can begin pre-ordering one right now. Sound too good to be true? Well, if you’re like me, you’re probably a bit skeptical of this sudden pre-order availability a mere two weeks after the first developer image releases. We all saw the quirky barely functional but still incredibly beautiful demos of Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. However, you should remember, those were just developer releases. Not even true consumer ready demos.
By the time the Australian tablet vendor Intermatix actually begins shipping on those pre-orders in October we can expect to have seen a few more polished releases. The two models that for now appear to be the first devices to ship with Ubuntu will be Intermatix’s own U7 and U10. Hmmm… why do those names seem so familiar?
Anyhow, The U7, which is the only tablet actually available for pre-order right now, features a quad core processor, clocked at 1.5ghz, with 1 GB RAM and a quad-core Vivante GC1000+ GPU powering its 1280X800 native resolution display. It’s also got a 2 megapixel rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera with a built in HDMI output.
Now, before you get too hot and bothered, there’s a few reasons I personally wouldn’t recommend whipping your wallet out just yet. For one, the thing doesn’t ship until October 2013, and second, I’ve never heard of this company. Their website looks like it was designed in Microsoft Frontpage and there isn’t a whole lot of detailed information about what you’re getting on the pre-order form. Kudos to them for snagging the UbuntuTablet.com.au domain though. Though webupd8 is reporting that Intermatix plans to release a this is legit video soon.
More importantly, the U7 looks like nothing more than the Ainol Novo7 Venus, which can be purchased for around $149 with Android 4.1 Jellybean. Intermatix is asking for $299 for the privilege of pre-ordering and having them install the latest Ubuntu Touch release on it. You could save a bundle by simply ordering the Novo7 Venus or maybe even the Novo7 non-Venus version for $119, and loading Ubuntu yourself when it’s available.
But hey, in case a fancy new tablet from Australia with the OS already loaded for you might be worth the extra coin for you, please feel free to let us know in the comments how the order process goes for you or if you plan to order in the future.