Canonical will demo at least one new Ubuntu convergence device at next month’s Mobile World Congress next month.
Details we’ve seen suggest the company is to use the four-day expo to showcase the progress it has made in creating a software environment that transforms from mobile to desktop PC when a monitor, mouse or keyboard is attached.
Among hardware Canonical being used to test and tailor convergence capabilities is a high-definition 10-inch tablet with 64-bit ARM processor made by Spanish OEM Bq.
Canonical used its presence at last year’s expo to unveil the second Ubuntu phone, the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition. The device went on sale in Europe a month later.
This year we can expect even more goodies, with phone, pocket desktop and IoT all sure to snag sometime in the spotlight.
Among hardware Canonical engineers are using to test Ubuntu’s convergence features is a device with the codename ‘Frieza’.
Like the code names of the previous three Ubuntu phones, ‘Krillin’ (aka Aquaris E4.5), ‘Arale’ (aka MX4) and ‘Vegeta’ (aka Aquaris E5 HD), ‘Frieza’ is named after a character from DragonBall Z.
The Bq M10 is a 10-inch HD tablet powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT8163 quad-core processor (1.3GHz) and MediaTek Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB of eMMC flash storage. The Android version retails in Europe from €239.
Could the mysterious ‘Frieza‘ be the codename of a Bq M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet?
Canonical declined to comment on the information we’ve seen, but they did tell us they will be at MWC 2016 to “showcase the next stage of the Ubuntu Phone live”, adding that attendees can expect “several (pretty exciting) announcements across both Internet of Things and devices”.
Source: OMG Ubuntu