The developers behind the Chromium OS fork FydeOS have revealed their first in-house hardware project. It’s a 2-in-1 device called the Fydetab Duo and it’s a 12.35 inch tablet with a Rockchip RK3588S processor, a detachable keyboard and a stylus.

While it ships with FydeOS, its makers say can also run GNU/Linux distributions or Android Open Source Project-based operating systems. First announced in October, the FydeTab Duo is now up for pre-order for about $588 and up through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, with an estimated ship date in January, 2023.

Fydetab Duo ARM 2-in-1 with Fyde OS

FydeOS first popped up back in 2020 when it was released for the Pinebook Pro. The operating system offers a more complete Chromebook-like experience than the open source Chromium OS or Google’s new Chrome OS Flex, since Fyde comes with built-in support for running Android apps.

The Fydetab will look a bit like a Microsoft Surface Pro with its 12.35″ display and detachable keyboard. The tablet also comes with a cover that function as a kickstand. And both the keyboard and cover are wrapped in matching fabric that’s available in two colors: Islay gray or Speyside red.

Fyde also includes a stylus that stores neatly into an elastic strap on the keyboard.

The tablet has a 2560 x 1600 pixel IPS LCD display with up to 500 nits brightness and support for 10-point multitouch input. It’s powered by an octa-core Rockchip RK3588S processor and features 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and Fyde will offer a choice of 64GB or 128GB of onboard eMMC 5.1 storage.

A combination micro SD/nano SIM slot allows for either expanded storage or mobile connectivity.

The Fydetab also supports WiFi 6 and features a single USB Type-C port which can be used for charging, data, and video output. The tablet has a 42 Wh battery and comes with a 45W USB-C power adapter.

Other features include a 5MP camera lets you jump on Zoom or Teams calls and a headphone jack lets you plug in when you want to keep the audio private.

On its own, the Fydetab weighs in at about 2.1 pounds. Attaching both the cover and the kickstand adds about 7 ounces.

Fyde has yet to announce pricing yet, but plans to as soon as discussions with its suppliers have wrapped.

via Tablet Monkeys, Fyde, and Tedium

This article was first published October 5, 2022 and most recently updated November 30, 2022.

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  1. I think that is more interesting if this kind of hardware could run Windows, enlarging the number of SoCs that that run Windows could start a challenge that change the world of mobile computers.

    1. Well, yes. It would.
      And that’s the problem. Because Google and Apple wouldn’t put up with it.
      There’s a thing that could enlarge he number of SoCs that that run Windows, and it’s ARM’s Systemready standard. The idea being to allow the user to install/boot an OS from a generic Systemready disk/.iso that “just works” on all Systemready boards.

      ARM itself is basically the only entity with the power to force SoC makers to conform to it, and until they do, none of them will ever want to. Being non-Systemready lets SoC designers practice planned obsolesce by ensuring some parts of the software running on them never get updated past a predefined point. And this also allows Apple to utterly lock users into their walled garden and makes it very difficult to escape Google’s observation. If they were forced to tolerate a common firmware standard with a UEFI in the phones their operating systems run on, you’d see a lot more people using the hardware in ways they can’t stand because it’s not profitable, and there would suddenly become an upper limit to how much they could abuse their users.
      Even though there are ways of locking down x86 firmware, as you see with chromebooks, it’s not perfect, and users can work around them, even if it means taking the computer apart and re=programming the motherboard’s non-volatile memory. Systemready ARM would almost certainly create more work-arounds.
      I think if ARM forces the Systemready standard on anyone who wants to use a new version of it, Google will refuse to support phones that use that version of ARM, and Apple will not use it. Instead, they’ll switch to developing proprietary forks of RISC-V that let them keep doing this.

  2. I’m not interested in this OS, but I would be interested in this hardware for a more reasonable price. If someone made an RK3588 powered tablet with an unlocked bootloader, and confirmed support for Android and Linux, I would buy that.

    $600 is just too much for something like this.

    1. I agree, the price seems a little steep for what one gets plus it would be neat to have it without an operating system – perhaps making it less expensive?

  3. This looked great, until I saw the Kickstand. I don’t want a tablet or laptop that needs a Kickstand to keep it from falling down.

    1. Personally, I think this is the best way to implement a kickstand. I don’t like tablets that have integrated kickstands, because it becomes a factor in the lifespan of the device overall.

      I like the idea of tablets having a kickstand as part of the cover. It allows me to easily replace it.