Juno Computers has been selling Linux laptop and desktop computers for a few years. Now the company is branching out into tablets.

The first Juno Tablet is now available for pre-order for $429 and up, and it can be configured with one of several different touchscreen-friendly mobile Linux distributions. . Just bear in mind that Juno is selling the tablet as a beta product: some of the hardware is not yet supported by the software.

The tablet features a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display, a 6-watt Celeron N5100 quad-core processor based on Intel’s Jasper Lake architecture and 8GB of LPDDR-2133 RAM (soldered to the mainboard). Juno offers 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.

Ports include:

  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (with charging and video out support)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x mini HDMI
  • 1 x microSD card reader
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack

There’s also support for an optional pen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s available as a $22 add-on for the tablet.

Juno’s tablet supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, has a 3,200 mAh battery, and should work with any USB Type-C charger that supports 36W power delivery or higher. But you will need to supply your own charger, because Juno doesn’t ship one with the tablet.

Operating system choices include the Debian-based Mobian GNU/Linux distribution and two versions of Manjaro: one with the Plasma Mobile user interface and the other with Phosh. Juno notes that you can also install Windows on the tablet, but that’s not included by default.

As for the tablet’s beta status, Juno says that the 1 watt stereo speakers and 2MP front-facing camera is fully supported, but the 5MP rear camera and internal microphone don’t work with Mobian or Manjaro yet, suspend and resume are only partially working, and overall Mobian is considered “unstable” while Manjaro is “very unstable.”

In other words, this is a tablet aimed at Linux enthusiasts, developers and beta testers. But unlike some other Linux tablets, the Juno Tablet has an Intel x86 processor which means that the processor should be fairly well supported by a wide range of other GNU/Linux distributions… even if the cameras, mics, and other hardware may not.

The Juno tablet has a plastic body with a built-in kickstand, and the tablet measures 249 x 167 x 11mm (9.8″ x 6.6″ x 0.4″) and weighs 670 grams (about 1.5 pounds).

via @fkardame and @junocomputers

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  1. Linux tablet? Count me in! Linux on ARM is still in its infancy, so it’s a wise idea to have an x86 CPU. Really looking forward to this one.

    1. I wouldn’t say “still in its infancy” because that implies that there’s some threshold that once crossed by the kernel or some major distro will cause all Linux distros to “just work”. Until most ARM SoCs are systemready and are actually given a UEFI, ARM will continue to be in a perpetual state of being stuck with vendor kernels with their proprietary drivers baked in as blobs and application developers struggling to make use of those drivers. Except for massive conglomerates doing all the work for smartphones but keeping all that work proprietary. This isn’t something that any Linux entity can just make happen.

  2. Surface 3s are really cheap these days and would provide a good base for playing with Linux.

  3. As always with non-iPad tablets, I wish this was 4:3. But it’s an exciting project, and I’d love to own a Linux tablet one day. (I know I can slap Linux on a Surface.)

  4. Intriguing. I have a Surface now, so I can’t justify buying another tablet, but I would have been very tempted by this a year or so ago.

  5. Very nice initiative. The suspend/resume thing is probably going to be an easy fix. I’m more concerned about the general usability with the touchscreen/pen support that is seriously lacking in linux, but more hardware means more progress. I have a large screen with touch and pen inputs (think digital whiteboard) at home and I’m currently stuck with windows which has much better support and software than the linux distro I tried (admittedly only ubuntu based, but it doesn’t look like that it’s much better with others).