Ubuntu Tablet: The Best 10 Models

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Users who prefer to run Linux should consider an Ubuntu tablet. The BQ Aquaris M10 is the only device that ships with Ubuntu. We rank this model in addition to other tablets and convertible tablet-laptop devices capable of running Ubuntu.

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How We Reviewed

The top tablets in our ranking have Ubuntu pre-installed or communities of developers and users to support installations. Other tablets on this list are capable of running this distribution.

Overall Price Range of Ubuntu Tablets

The BQ Aquaris M10 is the lowest-priced tablet in our ranking at about $242.53. The most expensive model is the Microsoft Surface Book 2, which combines the specifications of a powerful laptop with a detachable touch screen. This model starts at $1,299 and ranges up to $2,499.

Top 10 Ubuntu Tablets

The BQ M10 FHD is the only tablet with Ubuntu pre-installed. This European tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core MT8163 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. The M10 features a Micro-HDMI, micro-USB OTG, MicroSD, and 3.5mm headphone jack. This tablet is also capable of being converted into a portable PC.

Pros

  • Only native Ubuntu tablet available for sale
  • Bright and vivid display

Cons

  • Applications are not touch optimized

Google Nexus 10 (Wi-Fi only, 32 GB)
  • Dual-core A15 processor
  • 2GB of system memory and 32GB on-board storage memory, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 10.55" touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 resolution
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Back 5MP webcam and front 1.9MP webcam

The Nexus 10 has a 10.1" screen and runs on a dual-core A15 processor with either 16GB or 32GB of storage and 2GB of memory. This slightly older Android tablet manufactured by Samsung was slated to support Ubuntu Touch and is now supported as a legacy device by UBports and the larger Ubuntu developer community.

Pros

  • Ubuntu Touch development community support
  • Better performance than Ubuntu native model
  • List Element

Cons

  • Older tablet model
  • List Element
  • List Element

Microsoft Surface Pro (5th Gen) (Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 Processor.
  • Memory: 4GB RAM.
  • Storage Capacity: 128GB SSD.
  • Display: 12.3-inch PixelSense Screen.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is available with many options, including an Intel m3, i5, or i7 processor with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM and a hard drive between 128GB and 1TB. Users report that the Surface Pro works with Ubuntu, and a developer community comes up with fixes for known issues.

Pros

  • Older tablet model
  • Relatively stable with Ubuntu

Cons

  • More expensive than some Ubuntu-compatible tablets

Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible, 11.6-Inch HD Touch, Intel Celeron N3150, 4GB DDR3L, 32GB, Chrome, CB5-132T-C1LK
  • Chromebook runs on Chrome OS - an operating system by Google that is built for the way we live today. It comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically*, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. (*Internet connection is required)
  • All the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
  • With the Google Play Store, you can access a rich library of apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines, and more, all from your Chromebook.
  • Chromebooks come with built-in storage for offline access to your most important files and an additional 100GB of Google Drive space to ensure that all of your files are backed up automatically.
  • Intel Celeron N3150, 11.6" HD Touch Display, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC, Up to 10-hour Battery Life, Convertible Laptop

This 11.6" Chromebook is an affordable convertible option with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3150 dual-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash memory. This model comes with Google Chrome OS and can sustain up to 10 hours of battery life. Regardless of the operating system, Chromebooks are designed for surfing the web.

Pros

  • Relatively straightforward Ubuntu installation
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Users tend to experience driver issues

2018 Dell Inspiron 11 3000 11.6" 2-in-1 Convertible HD Touchscreen Laptop Computer, Intel Quad-Core Pentium N3710 Up to 2.56GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB3.0, Blue, Windows 10
  • 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) LED-Backlit Touchscreen Display; HD Webcam, Intel HD Graphics
  • Intel Pentium Quad Core N3710 Processor 1.6GHz Up to 2.56Ghz
  • 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, 128GB SSD; No Optical Drive
  • Waves MaxxAudio, Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; microSD Card Reader; 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone jack combo
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit; Only 3.07 lbs, Bali Blue

The Inspiron 2-in-1 convertible tablet and laptop has a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Pentium N3710, 4 GB of Single Channel DDR3L RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. An Ubuntu installation is available out of the box on some Dell models. Users still experience difficulties with limited touch functionality.

Pros

  • May be available with Ubuntu pre-installed
  • Convertible tablet and laptop

Cons

  • Limited touch functionality in Ubuntu

Lenovo Flex 5 14" FHD Touch 2-in-1 Laptop PC, 8th Gen Intel Quad Core i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, Backlit keyboard, Fingerprint reader, Bluetooth,Lenovo Active Pen,Windows 10
  • 14 in Full HD IPS touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support, Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, Backlit Keyboard
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Quad Core processor 1.6GHz (6M Cache, Max boost to 3.4GHz), Fingerprint reader
  • 8GB DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM, 128GB Solid State Drive, No optical drive, Harman speakers with Dolby Home Theater Audio
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo, 4-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Windows 10, 3 Cell Lithium ion, Battery with up to 10 hours of battery life, Lenovo Active Pen included , Weight: 3.74 lbs

The Lenovo Flex 5 is a 14" convertible tablet and laptop that runs on an Intel Core i5-8250 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM. The Flex 5 ships with Windows 10 pre-loaded, but a number of users have successfully installed Ubuntu as a dual-boot or replacement operating system.

Pros

  • Battery life up to 10 hours, may be less running Linux
  • Some users have successfully installed Ubuntu

Cons

  • Most users encounter driver issues resulting in limited functionality

ASUS Transformer Book Chi 12.5-Inch T300CHI-F1-DB Slim All-Aluminum 2 in 1 Detachable Touchscreen Laptop, Core M, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD
  • 12.5" ASUS TruVivid Display with IPS technology, 1920-by-1080 resolution. Corning Concore Glass.
  • Support for ASUS Active Stylus Pen (256 pressure levels).
  • Intel Core M Processor with 4M shared L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.00 GHz. 4GB RAM.
  • 128GB iSSD. Unlimited ASUS WebStorage (1 year free)
  • Dual-band 802.11N Wifi for fast web browsing. Support for Miracast. Bluetooth 4.0.

The ASUS Transformer Book Chi is distinguished by its detachable design. This convertible tablet and laptop has an Intel Core M processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a micro-USB port. Connect a USB hub to load an Ubuntu disk image. Touch support is not guaranteed and you may need to work out driver and firmware issues.

Pros

  • Convertible laptop and tablet with detachable touch screen
  • Thinner than 0.3" (7.62 mm)

Cons

  • Not all features may function

HP Pavilion x360 15-inch Convertible Laptop, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Windows 10 (15-br010nr, Silver)
  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7200U Processor, Dual-Core, 2.5GHz up to 3.1GHz; Powerful performance keeps up with your multitasking demands and enables new ways to interact with your PC.
  • Display: 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD (1920x1080) IPS WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass; Control your entertainment from the screen and get 178-degree wide-viewing angles.
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM; Designed to run more efficiently and more reliably at faster speeds.
  • Hard drive: 1TB 5400RPM Serial ATA; Store videos, songs and photos on your PC for easy access.
  • More productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done.

The HP X360 has a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-7200U processor, and 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM. The X360 ranks as a potential Ubuntu tablet because it has standard USB ports and is a convertible tablet and laptop capable of supporting this operating system. HP's warranty only covers usage of the device with the native operating system, which is Windows 10.

Pros

  • Fully-featured convertible tablet and laptop with large screen
  • One USB 3.1 Type-C and two USB 3.1 ports

Cons

  • Driver support for stylus pen input not available for Linux

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Silver, SM-T820NZSAXAR)
  • Includes the Samsung S Pen Stylus; Expandable memory up to 400GB; Processor Speed: Quad Core(2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz Quad)
  • Featuring High Dynamic Range on a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers cinematic vividness, detail and deep contrast to a screen that fits in your hands
  • Our revolutionary S Pen is more precise and pressure-responsive than ever, and never needs to be charged, liberating you to create, translate, and navigate without limits
  • Powerful Quad speakers, tuned by AKG, calibrate with your movements as you rotate the Galaxy Tab S3, and intuitively reflect what's playing on-screen
  • Easily switch from touch to type with a feather-light keyboard that auto-pairs, attaches on contact and never needs charging (keyboard sold separately)

The Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. This model is several generations later than the Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10, but is also less Linux-friendly. The battery life ranges between 7 and 12 hours and may be significantly less when running Ubuntu.

Pros

  • Newer Samsung model than Nexus 10
  • Option to add keyboard functionality

Cons

  • Features such as S pen or keyboard add-on may not function properly with Ubuntu

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5"
  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 Features a 7th generation Intel Dual Core i5 Processor, 256 GB of storage, 8 GB RAM, and up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Includes an Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU
  • The fastest Surface Book yet, with 2x more power. Aspect ratio: 3:2, contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Vibrant PixelSense Display: now available with an improved 13.5" touchscreen
  • Four versatile modes of use and new USB-C port

The Surface Book 2 is a customizable convertible tablet and laptop. Select a 13.5" or 15" screen, Intel i5 or i7 processor, a hard drive with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage space, and either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM. This model comes with a keyboard. Dual-boot this device or set up Ubuntu as the primary operating system.

Pros

  • Detachable screen with keyboard included
  • Powerful processing capability

Cons

  • Costs more than most other models

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Description

Screen Size: 10.1"

Dimensions: 9.69" x 6.73" x 0.32" (246 x 171 x 8.2 mm)

Weight: 1.03 lb (0.47 kg)

USB Ports: Micro-USB OTG

Battery Life: 10 hours

Warranty: 2 years

Screen Size: 10.1"

Dimensions: 6.99" x 10.39" x 0.35" (177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm)

Weight: 1.33 lb (0.6 kg)

USB Ports: Micro-USB

Battery Life: 9 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 12.3"

Dimensions: 11.5" x 7.9" x .33" (292 x 201 x 8.5 mm)

Weight: 1.69-1.73 lbs (0.77-0.78 kg)

USB Ports: USB 3.0

Battery Life: 13.5 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 11.6"

Dimensions: 8.03" x 11.57" x 0.76" (203.9 x 293.9 x 19.3 mm)

Weight: 2.76 lbs (1.18 kg)

USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0

Battery Life: 10 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 11.6"

Dimensions: 16.1" x 10.3" x 3" (408.9 x 261.6 x 76.2 mm)

Weight: 3.09 lb (1.4 kg)

USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0

Battery Life: 8 hours

Warranty: 2 years

Screen Size: 14"

Dimensions: 12.91" x 9.02" x 0.78" (327.9 x 229.1 x 19 mm)

Weight: 3.74 lbs (1.7 kg)

USB Ports: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB-C

Battery Life: 10 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 12.5"

Dimensions: 12.05" x 7.05" x 0.5" (306.1 x 179.1 x 12.7 mm)

Weight: 3.2 lbs (1.45 kg)

USB Ports: 1 Micro-USB 3.0

Battery Life: 8 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 15.6"

Dimensions: 14.87" x 9.68" x 0.84" (377.7 x 245.9 x 21.3 mm)

Weight: 4.72 pounds (2.14 kg)

USB Ports: 1 USB 3.2 Type-C, 2 USB 3.1

Battery Life: 8 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 9.7"

Dimensions: 9.34" x 6.65" x 0.24" (237 x 169 x 6.1 mm)

Weight: 15.13 oz (0.43 g)

USB Ports: 1 Type-C (3.1)

Battery Life: 12 hours

Warranty: 1 year

Screen Size: 13.5" or 15"

Dimensions: 13.5" is 12.3" x 9.14" x 0.41"-0.9" (312 x 232 x 13-23 mm), 15" is 13.5" x 9.87" x 0.568"-0.9" (343 x 251 x 15-23 mm)

Weight: 3.38-4.2 lbs (1.53-1.91 kg)

USB Ports: 2 USB 3.0 Type A, 1 USB Type-C

Battery Life: 17 hours

Warranty: 1 year

The Verdict

Obtain maximum functionality straight out of the box by purchasing the BQ Aquaris M10 FHD Ubuntu Black. This model achieved a top ranking because of the native Linux operating system. Consider another Ubuntu tablet if you are willing to perform the installation.

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