Chinese device maker Cube offers a range of tablets with Android, Windows, or both. Now the company’s launching its first tablet running Ubuntu Linux.
The Cube i7-CM is a tablet with an Intel Core M processor Canonical’s Linux-based operating system. It launches in China this week, but you should be able to have one shipped internationally if you find a seller at AliExpress or a store that exports Chinese tablets.
At launch a limited number of tablets will be sold for $399 before the price goes up (to an unspecified amount).
The tablet features an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of solid state storage. It’s powered by Intel’s 14nm Core M-5Y10C dual-core processor with Intel HD 5300 graphics. That’s the same chip found in the Asus Zenbook UX305, so check out my review of that laptop if you want to get a sense of what kind of performance to expect.
The Cube i7-CM supports 3G WCDMA/GSM networks as well as WiFi and Bluetooth and other features include:
- Front and rear cameras
- microSD card slot
- micro SIM card support
- micro HDMI port
- micro USB 3.0 port
- 3.5mm headset jack
- stereo speakers
- 5,000 mAh battery
While the Ubuntu software will probably be the most compelling feature for some potential customers, the tablet should also be able to run Windows 8.1. You’ll just have to pay extra if you want a Windows license: according to Cngadget, Cube will offer the i7-CM tablet with an unlicensed “trial version” of Windows 8.1.