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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

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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Author: Ivan Zhekov, 2012-02- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)