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A new KDE Plasma Active-running tablet is on the way

Spark tablet
Spark tablet
The Linux-based slate is called Spark and will supposedly sell for roughly $265

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A new Linux-based tablet running the KDE Plasma Active user interface will reportedly soon start shipping. The device, dubbed Spark will have a starting price of 200 (or approximately $265), according to a report from Liliputing.com

The Spark will be equipped with a capacitive multi-touch screen display that measures 7-inches in diagonal. Furthermore, this new tablet packs a single core AMLogic ARM processor with a clock frequency of 1GHz and a Mali-400 GPU. Other features include 512MB internal DDR3 memory, 4GB of storage that users can expand by using the built-in SD card slot.

Upon first glance, there isn’t anything extraordinary about the device, but it is the pre-installed software that undoubtedly differentiates the Spark from the rest of the tablets out there. The Plasma Active is a free platform based on the Qt framework and developed by KDE, which is a free software community. In addition, according to Aaron Seigo, who is one of the founding members of the PA project, users will be able to take advantage of a dedicated content store that will offer various apps, digital books and more.

There is still no word on an official release date, though.

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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-01-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)