BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Reviewed on ZDNet

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth (below) first promised desktop-mobile convergence for Ubuntu back in 2013 when unveiling the would-be crowd-funded Edge 'superphone'.

In 2015, Canonical announced it would be working with Spanish company BQ, who unveiled the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet at Mobile World Congress 2016.

The 10.1-inch BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is available as a Full HD model for €279.90 (~£220) or, with a lower-resolution screen and cameras, and a less powerful chipset, as the HD model for €229.90 (~£180).

Pros

  • The first Ubuntu tablet, and the first to offer desktop-mobile convergence
  • Rear camera shoots surprisingly good stills, particularly in HDR mode
  • Available in Full HD or lower-cost HD models

Cons

  • Room for improvement as a 'converged' device
  • Slightly washed-out, green-tinged display
  • Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports are hard to tell apart
  • Connectivity for keyboard and mouse is somewhat constrained
  • Included charger has a two-pin continental mains plug
  • No mobile broadband support
The M10 in tablet mode with LibreOffice Write displayed on the left and the Events scope displayed on the right as a Side Stage.

Verdict

Canonical has been promising desktop-mobile convergence for Ubuntu since 2013, but BQ's Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition still seems like a work in progress. As a result, interest in this tablet is likely to be restricted to Ubuntu fans and determined early adopters.

Editors' rating

6.0 (Good)

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