New Linux tablet aims to make Ubuntu desktop mobile

If you weren't scared off by Jolla's tablet disaster on Indiegogo, another little-known brand wants you to back its Intel-based Ubuntu Linux tablets.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

MJ Technology's goal is to build a true x86/x64 tablet, so it can run Ubuntu desktop.

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Ubuntu fans thirsty for a tablet running the Linux OS may have a new option on the horizon from US outfit MJ Technology, which is touting four models in a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Jolla's Sailfish OS tablet fundraiser on Indiegogo didn't pan out too well for backers of the Android alternative, who ultimately weren't left out of pocket but wasted time on a product that for many never arrived.

MJ Technology is hoping that anyone not turned off by that experience will take a punt on its Ubuntu-powered devices.

If MJ Technology reaches its $200,000 target, the company promises to deliver 10.1-inch Mini Tanto for $230 by August. The device is advertised as having a 1.92GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB, 64GB storage, and HD display at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels.

The company says it has prototype tablets and is in final design testing phases but needs the extra cash to start production.

Needless to say, backers should exercise caution before gambling on a product that isn't guaranteed to be delivered.

The campaign is capitalizing on enthusiasm for a new Ubuntu tablet following this week's launch of pre-sales for BQ's Ubuntu-powered Aquaris M10 from €260 ($290), the world's first Ubuntu tablet.

As MJ Technology points out, its goal is to build a true x86/x64 tablet, so that the device can run Ubuntu desktop, as opposed to BQ's ARM-based device, which can only run Ubuntu Touch.

The company says the tablets will be released with the latest stable version of Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 LTS, with a current version of the Unity interface.

MJ Technology is also offering a $300 version of the Tanto 10.1 tablet with the same specs as the cheaper model, except for the faster 2.56GHz processor.

Meanwhile, the $400 Mini Wakizashi 8.9-inch display tablet comes with 2.56GHz Intel Atom processor, 4G RAM, and 128GB internal storage. The $450 model comes with 256GB storage.

Also on offer are two variants of the Katana, a 10.1-inch display tablet featuring a 2.56GHz Intel Atom processor, 4G RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB storage, costing $460 and $500 respectively.

The one-month campaign has only been live for one day, however with $6 and three backers so far it remains to be seen whether there's any demand for this particular set of Ubuntu tablets.

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