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Friday, February 10, 2012

Spark - cheap tablet with Linux

          The mobile device market is rather difficult to surprise. Most manufacturers cling to Android, which allows a little bit to compete with the iPad, and trying to follow a new path fail, usually fail. So is there a place in the market for such a niche product?


              After announcing plans to release open source software enthusiasts Spark were full of admiration. Spark is the first tablet based on Linux with KDE frontend Plasma Active. It has not only offer a completely new user interface, but also tempt an affordable price.


             Product specification is rather typical for a budget device. The new tablet is equipped with a capacitive touch screen 7-inch multitouch-enabled, AMLogic 1GHz ARM processor, 512 MB ​​RAM, 4 GB of disk space and MicroSD card slot. Spark is also linked to a network via WiFi, it has HDMI output and two mini-USB ports. The first resembles the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has been given much more ports.


             Noteworthy is the user interface, which is focused around the activities performed. For example, when planning a vacation, on a single screen you need to gather all the materials - photos, applications, documents or web links. How does it work in practice, you can see in the following video.

 A price of the new tablet is  around 200 euros.

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