First unveiled in April, the makers of the tablet have now announced that it will be available for pre-order for $549 starting June 15th through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The tablet will begin shipping to backers September 27th.
That’s only part of the announcement though – there’s also a JingPad A1 beta program that will let 100 people save $99 and and get a tablet two months early.
In order to get that discount, you’ll need to spend $20 up front though, which is kind of strange. And you’ll also need to understand that when the JingPad A1 beta units begin shipping on July 30th, they’ll feature the final hardware, but alpha or beta software that lacks support for over-the-air updates.
That means that users who want to upgrade to the stable version of JingOS when it’s available later this year will need to manually install the software.
Beta units will also be WiFi-only tablets that come with a digital pen, but not a keyboard (although beta customers will get a $50 discount if they want to buy the keyboard when it’s available).
Unsurprisingly, the makers of the JingPad A1 tablet only recommend joining the beta program if you’re a Linux enthusiast interested in testing new hardware and software and providing feedback.
JingOS and the JingPad A1 are both products from a Chinese company called Jingling, and the tablet is the company’s first hardware product. So, as with any crowdfunding campaign, it’s probably a good idea to proceed with caution and maybe even operate under the assumption that the timeline laid out is more of an estimate than a promise and that the finished product may not live up to its promise, if it ships at all (some crowdfunding campaigns end in failure).
But JingOS is a real thing that you can already download and try for yourself, whether the tablet ever arrives or not. It’s based on Ubuntu Linux and features elements of KDE Plasma and Plasma Mobile as well as Jingling’s own custom UI elements and applications.
It’s also expected to be available for smartphones at some point.
As for the tablet, here’s a run-down of its specs:
2368 x 1728 pixels
266 pixels per inch
4:3 aspect ratio
“almost 90%” screen-to-body ratio
109% NTSC color gamut
|Unisoc Tiger T7510
4 x ARM Cortex-A75 CPU cores @ 2 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 1.8 GHz
PowerVR GM9446 GPU @ 800 MHz
|Cameras & mics
|Battery & Charging
18W charger (3 hours for full charge)
(Not supported in all countries, a list is coming in June, 2021)
USB Type-C OTG
Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity (optional)
Keyboard with 6-rows and touchpad (optional)
Support for Android apps
|6.7mm thick (0.26 inches)
|500 grams (1.1 pounds)