Vivaldi Tablet Could be the One

A KDE-group is behind the production and distribution of a new tablet designed to run FLOSS from top to bottom. GNU/Linux on an ARMed tablet should give performance benefits. The gadget runs a 1gHz ARM A9. The OS is Mer which is derived from MeeGo. The first batch sold out and a second batch with more RAM is in the works. You can sign up to receive notification by e-mail when the product will be available in your area.

I like the specs:

  • 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen (800×480)
  • 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 4 GB Nand Flash Disk
  • Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (3G via USB External)
  • 1.3 MP built-in front facing camera
  • HDMI 1080P Output
  • 2 USB ports
  • MicroSD slot
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Hardware volume and power buttons
  • 4 dimensional Gsensor
  • Battery: 3000mAH @ 7.4v
  • Weight: 355 grams

Will this be Pogson’s first tablet/ARMed device? It’s cheap enough at $265 and I can hook a big monitor and keyboard to it.


About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Vivaldi Tablet Could be the One

  1. Excellent description @oiaohm! I definitely think the Vivaldi could break through beyond the “geek market” as well. The thing will come with an office suite (Calligra) out of the box, and can be fully adapted to anyone’s tablet habits.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Clarence Moon funny and foolish as normal.

    The Vivaldi Tablet is a brother to an Android tablet. In fact close enough you can use the other tablets firmware on it. Difference is the Vivaldi has twice the ram.

    So not Android yet. For a developer tablet that you can place any OS you like on the Vivaldi is quite decent. Out box it also support running a OS from the MicroSD slot or usb in a duel boot setup.

    Ainol NOVO7 Paladin 512MB DDRII-SDRAM vs 1 gb ram in the Vivaldi.

    No support for USB devices on the Ainol.

    No support for booting from USB or MicroSD in the Ainol.

    So yes the Ainol has a little more flash but you have traded away a lot to get that.

    Both tablets can run Google android with approved market access. One just comes with that out the box the other does not.

    From a developers point of view Vivaldi Tablet is more usable since you can place all versions of android and other open source OS’s on either MicroSD or USB keys and change between them just by changing what is plugged in.

    To a non developer the other option might be a good choice.

    Mind you there are some Allwinner A10 based tablets out there that are slightly cheaper that have wired network ports on them. But you do have to alter there boot loader to bring them to do what the Vivaldi does out box.

    Sorry to say Clarence Moon you picked the wrong table to compare to. Allwinner A10 something would have been the right one.

  3. Clarence Moon says:

    You would have to be daft to buy such a pig in a poke, Mr. Pogson! The thing is not even Android.

    Get something else!

  4. Tim says:

    This looks very promising. Although I would like it to be a bit bigger and more powerful it currently appears to be the most open tablet and form what I’ve seen this one actually has an interface that I would like to use.

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