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).
- 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
- 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.
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.