While most major manufacturers are releasing various tablet models in the market an Italian company called Italian DaVinci Mobile Technology is releasing the Kite HD tablet which runs on Ubuntu. It’s not using the Ubuntu mobile operating system but the full Ubuntu 12.04 OS that’s also being used in PC’s. The best part of this is that it has a dual boot feature that lets users run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Kite HD Specification
- Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 / Android 4.0 ice cream Sandwich
- Display: 10.1-inches IPS 1920 x 1200 HD
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.4 GHz
- Graphics: Mali-400MP graphics
- Memory: 2 GB DDR3
- Storage: 32GB
- Camera: 2 MP Rear, front camera available
- Features: memory card slot, mini-USB 2.0, HDMI
The Kite HD offers impressive specs and we can say that it is far superior to most of the tablets out in the market today. Its high resolution display combined with its use of a quad core processor is an interesting combination. The main selling point for this device though isn’t its hardware but its software. You will be able to boot up initially with Android but then have the option to switch to Ubuntu if you prefer.
The tablet will also have a docking station and a keyboard which are sold separately. These accessories allows for increased productivity while on the move.
Aside from having access to the apps in Google Play this tablet will also be able to access Ubuntu specific apps. Some of the popular software that you will be able to run includes Libre Office, VLC and possibly GIMP just to name a few.
It’s really great to see a device that let’s you have the option to switch between different operating systems. We hope that other manufacturers will follow this soon.
It’s doubtful that the Kite HD will be making its way to the U.S. market as it is sold in Italy . It can now be pre-ordered at the company website for US$ 413.