BQ introduced a few minutes ago the first converged tablet from Ubuntu, the BQ Aquaris M10. He has done so in a very short presentation alongside a representative from canonical to present a device that can be used as a tablet or as a computer if we connect a mouse and a Bluetooth keyboard to it. BQ has promised that if we add peripherals, we will be enjoying a 100% desktop experience, which reminds us a bit of the Microsoft Surface.
this one first converging tablet comes with a screen 10.1-inch Full HDs with a viewing angle of 170 º which promises to always show us attractive colors. On the other hand, this screen is very resistant thanks to the protection of the latest generation Dragontrail X, a thin sheet of alkali-aluminosilicate chemically treated. On paper and in the absence of proof, it must be acknowledged that the screen seems to be up to par.
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, Canonical’s first converged tablet
Inside we have the 64-bit MediaTek MT8163A processor of four cores and a Mali-T720 MP2 GPU which, if we take into account the proper functioning of the operating systems developed by Canonical, is expected to work perfectly, although it is also true that those who are testing it do not seem very satisfied with the performance shown at the MWC in Barcelona. Of course, it is common in virtually all display devices, not just the BQ Ubuntu Edition.
BQ has also opted for autonomy and has included one 7280 mAh LiPo battery. They have not provided details of how long it will last, but they say we can spend hours and hours watching videos, reading articles and viewing content. Given the range of other tablets on the market, to state this I think I’m not mistaken if you can play video with an average brightness for about 10 hours. Less than that I don’t think it was to promote it as something important.
The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition will not have this time Dolby Atmos as its equivalent with Android as the design this time has been in charge of BQ. Yet the idea is that sound surrounds us as if we were surrounded by various sources of sound. This effect is achieved thanks to two front speakers that, according to BQ, make this tablet the best device to enjoy multimedia content (and here I think they have forgotten about other similar devices that already offer 4 speakers).
Power in a small space
The Aquaris M10 has a 8.2mm thick and a weight of 470gr, which will allow us to use it anywhere with great comfort. Or, well, that’s what BQ says. I haven’t tried it, but sometimes weight is not a negative thing, quite the opposite.
5 year warranty One point that I find very interesting is its warranty time. A version is going to be released this year Long Term Support of Ubuntu, which means that the operating system that will be released in April will be supported by updates and patches for 5 years. It seems that Canonical and BQ have thought it would be a good idea for the Aquaris M10 to have the same support it will have. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus, so it will have 5 years warranty, of which 2 are legal and mandatory and 3 are commercial. in any case it must be borne in mind that the three-year extra warranty is given by the brand and we will have to see how it responds when the time comes.
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition device will have a warranty similar to that of the other device with Ubuntu Phone. The operating system will be updated but the physical warranty will be the same as required by law, although we doubt we will have to make use of this.
Price and availability
The BQ Aquaris M10 will be available from the manufacturer’s website in black, possibly the price of this device is € 259.90, as it is the price of the model with Android, a really competitive price if we consider everything it offers. If I have to be honest, when I found out about the price I considered buying it, but I already have a lot of devices and I don’t think it would benefit me. And you? Are you going to buy the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition?