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Intel Atom Cherry Trail-powered Ubuntu tablets hit Indiegogo

MJ Technology Mini Tanto Ubuntu tablet with Intel Atom processor
MJ Technology Mini Tanto
The four versions of this crowdfunded tablet are all powered by the Intel Atom x7-Z8750 SoC and have prices between $230 USD and $500 USD.

While Canonical and BQ created the first Ubuntu tablet to offer support for both mobile and desktop user interfaces, the BQ Aquaris M10 slate uses a MediaTek processor that might not provide enough juice for some users. MJ Technology aims to take this market niche to the next level and kicks off a crowdfunding campaign for a new Ubuntu tablet that uses an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor.

MJ Technology's campaign aims to raise at least $200,000 USD and those interested to get a tablet can choose one of the four models available for prices between $230 USD and $500 USD. These are their names and key specs:

  • Tanto - 10.1-inch full HD IPS, Intel Atom x7-Z8750, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC internal storage, 8500 mAh
  • Mini Tanto - 10.1-inch full HD IPS, Intel Atom x5-Z8350, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC internal storage, 8500 mAh
  • Wakizashi - 8.9-inch full HD IPS, Intel Atom x7-Z8750, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD internal storage, 7500 mAh
  • Katana - 10.1-inch full HD IPS, Intel Atom x7-Z8750, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD internal storage, 8500 mAh

The Wakizashi and Katana have Mini versions as well, both with 128 GB eMMC internal storage instead of the 256 GB SSD of the regular variants. The campaign is off to a very slow start, with only $6 USD pledged so far. If things move in the right direction and MJ Technology gets the funds required, we will probably hear more about these Linux-driven slates in early May.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04- 1 (Update: 2016-04- 1)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.