The Ubuntu phone is very much real, but it’s not yet shipping to interested consumers – and by shipping we mean to say the OS is not available to download and install on existing Android devices that have what it takes to run Ubuntu’s mobile OS version.
While you wait to run Ubuntu on your Android device, you may be interested to hear that there’s a tablet out there ready to offer you the best of both worlds, a dual-booting Exynos-powered tablet, the Kite, that’s going to sell for just €309, or around $413.
Created by Italian firm DaVinci Mobile Technology, the Kite – or Nibbio Full HD / Nibbio 3G, which is its original name – will be available in Wi-Fi and 3G options and has some interesting features:
- 10.1-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
- 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor with Mali-400MP graphics
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of memory
- microSD slot
- 2-megapixel camera
- front-facing VGA camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- mini USB 2.0
- weight: 539g
- 5400mAh battery
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu 12.04 for ARM
The device is available for pre-order from the manufacturer’s site and will ship at some point in March, at least in Italy and/or Europe. We have no idea whether it will other markets in the coming months. All you need to do to reserve your unit is pay €29 for either the Nibbio Full HD or the Nibbio 3G model.
Curiously though, we don’t have different prices for the Wi-Fi and 3G version. Both seem to cost €309, which is certainly a strange tablet pricing policy, as we're used to see 3G models cost slightly more than their Wi-Fi equivalents.
Anyone interested in a dual-booting Android Ubuntu tablet with high-end features?