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The Linux-based Spark tablet will became available in May of this year

The Spark tablet
The Spark tablet
Pre-orders for the upcoming KDE Active Plasma-running slate to start this month

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The developer Aaron Seigo, who announced the existence of the device last week, has now disclosed more details about the tablet on his blog including hardware specs and a release month. The slate will reportedly be up for pre-order later next week for €200 (around $265) and will begin shipping in May.

KDE’s Spark is a 7-inch tablet that is based on Mer (MeeGo Linux) and features the latest Plasma Active user interface. It also packs a capacitive multi-touch screen display with a maximum supported resolution of 800-by-480 pixels and a single core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU clocked at 1GHz

The Spark comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage capacity (there is a built-in SD card slot for expansion) and a 1.3MP web camera for video chats. Furthermore, the tablet sports two USB ports and a 3.5mm audio jack (no word on HDMI). According to Seigo, “in the first run of devices” users will be provided with Wi-Fi only (Wireless LAN 802.11b/g) models; however the team of developers plans on including 3G and GPS capabilities later. 

Like we mentioned last time, a dedicated content store for apps, digital books etc. is also on the way. 

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2012 02 > The Linux-based Spark tablet will became available in May of this year
Ivan Zhekov, 2012-02- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)