A 7 inch Linux-based tablet called Spark will be up for pre-order starting next week. It is expected to start shipping in May. The tablet was unveiled by one of the developers last week.
The Spark is essentially a rebranded version of the Zenithink C71 tablet. It will first ship in Europe. It will run Mer, a community based version of MeeGo Linux operating system with the KDE Plasma Active software environment. The tablet’s bootloader won’t be locked. That means you can change the OS if you want to.
The Spark tablet has a 1GHz AMLogic ARM Cortex A9 processor, Mali 400 graphics, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The 7 inch capacitive multitouch display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Other specifications include WiFi 802.11b/g, 2 USB ports, a microSD card slot, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 3.5mm audio jack. At launch, it will be WiFi-only. Models with 3G and GPS are expected to be available some time later. Prices start at $265