The makers of the Ubuntu Linux operating system for notebooks, desktops, and servers have been working on a version for phones and tablets… and hope to see the first of those devices ship later this year or early in 2015.
Meizu and bq have already announced plans to sell phones with Ubuntu Touch software, and now it looks like an Ubuntu tablet could also ship before the end of the year.
Update: The tablet has been delayed indefinitely.
Phoronix reports a tablet called the UT One is in development by Demski Group and Mastermind Hardware and Logistics. It’s possible the groups are just loading Ubuntu on an OEM-made device that would otherwise ship with Windows or Android, but that doesn’t change the fact that the UT One could be one of the first tablets sold with the new touch-friendly version of Ubuntu as its primary operating system.
The tablet is said to feature a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735D Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
It has a microSD card slot, 2MP front and rear cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and stereo speakers. The UT One has a 7900mAh battery for up to 8 hours of run time, and the tablet measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 1.4 pounds.
Note that the image above shows what Ubuntu looks like on tablets — but it doesn’t necessarily show what the UT One looks like. While the makers of the UT One hope to ship their product in December, I haven’t seen any actual pictures of the tablet yet.