BQ has presented a few minutes ago the first Ubuntu convergent tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10. He has done it in a very short presentation with a representative of Canonical to present a device that can be used as a tablet or as a computer if we connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. BQ has promised us that if we add the peripherals, we will be enjoying a 100% desktop experience, which reminds us a bit of Microsoft's Surface.
This first converged tablet arrives with a screen 10.1 inch Full HDs with a 170º viewing angle that promises to always display attractive colors. On the other hand, this screen is very resistant thanks to the latest generation Dragontrail X protection, a thin sheet of chemically treated alkaline-aluminosilicate. On paper and in the absence of testing it, it must be recognized that the screen seems to be up to the task.
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BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, Canonical's first converged tablet
Inside we have the 64-bit MediaTek MT8163A processor quad-core and a Mali-T720 MP2 GPU that, if we take into account the good performance of the operating systems developed by Canonical, are expected to work perfectly, although it is also true that those who are testing it do not seem very satisfied by the performance shown at the MWC in Barcelona. Of course, it is common in practically all display devices, not just the BQ Ubuntu Edition.
BQ has also opted for autonomy and has included a 7280 mAh LiPo battery. They have not provided details of how long it will last, but they do affirm that we can spend hours and hours watching videos, reading articles and consulting content. Taking into account the autonomy of other tablets on the market, to affirm the above I believe that I am not mistaken if video can be played at medium brightness for approximately 10 hours. Less than that I don't think it was to promote it as something important.
The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition will not have Dolby Atmos on this occasion as its equivalent with Android since the design this time has been carried out by BQ. Even so, the idea is that the sound surrounds us as if we were surrounded by various sound sources. This effect is achieved thanks to two front speakers that, according to BQ, make this tablet the best device to enjoy multimedia content (and here I think they have forgotten other similar devices that already offer 4 speakers).
Power in a small space
The Aquaris M10 has a 8,2mm thickness and a weight of 470gr, which will allow us to use it anywhere with great comfort. Or, well that's what BQ says. I have not tried it, but sometimes the weight is not a negative thing, if not quite the opposite.
5 year warranty One point that seems very interesting to me is its warranty time. This year a version will be released Long Term Support from Ubuntu, which means that the operating system that will be released in April will have update and patch support for 5 years. It seems that Canonical and BQ have thought that it would be a good idea for the Aquaris M10 to have the same support that it will have Ubuntu LTS 16.04 Xenial Xerus, so it will have a 5-year warranty, of which 2 are legal and required and 3 are commercial. In any case, it must be borne in mind that the three-year extra warranty is given by the brand and we will have to see how it responds when the time comes.
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition device will have a guarantee similar to that of the rest of the device with Ubuntu Phone. The operating system will be updated but the physical guarantee will be the same as the law, although we doubt that we have to make use of it.
Price and Availability
The BQ Aquaris M10 will be available from manufacturer's website in black, possibly the price of this device is € 259.90, since it is the price of the Android model, a really competitive price if we take into account everything it offers. If I have to be honest, when I found out the price I have considered buying it, but I already have many devices and I do not think I will take advantage of it. And you? Are you going to buy the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition?