The first Ubuntu-based convergence tablet is finally here.Ubuntu-maker Canonical and BQ, an electronics maker based in Spain, opened the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition for preorder today, with global shipping prices starting at €259.90 (about $291). The devices are slated to start shipping in early April.Protip: If you’re ordering the Ubuntu Tablet, make sure you click through to BQ from Canonical’s tablet devices page to get the worldwide pricing and shipping options.The new tablet features Canonical’s Ubuntu OS version 15.04, Vivid Vervet, and is supposed to feature a Continuum-style PC-tablet convergence feature. In other words, if you plug this device into peripherals such as an external display, keyboard, or mouse, the traditional Linux desktop appears ready and waiting.The story behind the story: Canonical has been talking about mobile-PC convergence for years but it appears the feature is finally here in a consumer-ready product. Even though Canonical took forever to get here, the company seems to be starting out from a good spot. Canonical says its software is able to switch between a touch-based tablet to the “full Ubuntu desktop experience.” Microsoft, by comparison, uses a nerfed experience based on Windows Store apps for Continuum.That said, the Ubuntu tablet is still… Read full this story
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