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    Phoronix: KDE's Plasma Active Shipping On New ARM Tablet

    A new ARM-based tablet computer has been announced and it will be shipping KDE's Plasma Active as its default tablet UI experience...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA1MDQ

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    Sounds great. I would very much like to also see a more powerful edition. Oh and I'm wondering what the battery life of this is. A great start/spark and I'm almost for sure buying one anyways. And I hope in the future we see even more open mobile hardware like this with a true Linux userspace.

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    Awesome news

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    I'm impressed! Good job to the kde team!

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    good project.

    but only a toy for me because: my webbrowser(in my personal use) use 3.5gb ram with flash and 2gh ram without flash.
    this means 512mb ram is... hopeless.

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    Looks like someone is taking the opportunity to pick up cheaper less front-line tablets and shipping them with Plasma Active on them.

    We really need front-line technology, example dual core or better, with hardware gfx and phone ability. Long battery life is also essential,. which isn't found on many no-name Chinese brands.

    Being able to phone/3g/4g-data is the now ask for 7inch tablets.

    I guess $250 is kind of a nice price entry.

    Plasma Active team should really consider making it Android compatibile. Allowing owners of devices to run Android apps. That would be a killer feature that should draw customers.

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    Just looked up Mali-400 abilities and it's not that bad. The ability of the Mali-400 is inbetween the Tegra2 and Tegra3. It's about half the speed of the IPad2 GFX.

    http://www.arm.com/products/multimed...ali-400-mp.php
    http://www.anandtech.com/tag/mali-400

    I may actually buy one of these devices. The only concern now is battery life, lack of dual-core (which could make multitaking slow or stop escape to Android4), and lack of phone ability. I seriously want my next purchase to replace my small phone. Tablets are the way to go in replacing phones, if you're not a blue-colar worker that can maintain the device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e8hffff View Post
    We really need front-line technology, example dual core or better, with hardware gfx and phone ability. Long battery life is also essential,. which isn't found on many no-name Chinese brands.
    Remember, this will not run under dalvik! You'll get much more performance out of it than you are used to on a single core ARM running Android. Potentially also longer battery-life because of the single core, but I think the developers would rather sacrifice that for a smaller device and a cheaper price.

    Supporting Android officially would thus be a bad idea. It might be better to open up the device sufficiantly and let the community handle android like on the N900.

    Edit: But yes, no GPS and 3G/4G will probably be a deal breaker for many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e8hffff View Post
    I guess $250 is kind of a nice price entry.
    And here I think it's expensive. Like the other said, you can have this kind of tablet around $ 110. Sold it with 2x the price is overkill..

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