Ubuntu as an operating system does command a strong fan base. This together with the usual human tendency to identify themselves with something that is new and just off the block ensures tablet devices running Ubuntu will evoke a lot of consumer interest. Its here that the Intermatrix U7 fits in. Interestingly, the tablet’s name reveals it all. For instance, it is being developed by the Australian manufacturer Intermatrix while the ‘U7’ points out its going to be a 7 inch tablet running Ubuntu. A 10 inch version appropriately named Intermatrix U10 is also in the pipeline though the company will obviously like to test the waters with the 7 inch version first.
Coming to specs, the U7 will pack in a 1.5 GHz quad core Cortex A9 chip with Vivante GC1000+ GPU also with 4 cores. The tablet will have 1 GB of RAM (strange considering Ubuntu’s min RAM requirement is stated to be 2 GB), 16 GB of internal memory along with a microSd card slot for more storage. The tablet will also have 2 and 0.3 megapixel front and rear cameras, along with a USB and HDMI slot as well. The 7 inch display will have a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The tablet is expected to be launched in October 2013 for a price that is likely to be $269 Australian.