BQ Aquaris M10 FHD Ubuntu Edition




BQ Aquaris M10 FHD

First impression:

The BQ Aquaris M10 FHD is a very well build Tablet
It feels very sturdy, not too heavy, has good sound for those tiny speakers, and a 10.1 inch, very high Full HD 1920 x 1200 - 224 ppi resolution display with a 170 º viewing angle. Awesome!
Together with 10 finger multi touch, this seems to be very up to par.
The 20.7 Watt speakers, well that sounds a bit silly if that was true then the audio would eat up more power then the whole tablet. No the less, it can be loud, and it does sound OK


Under the hood:

The Mediatek Quad Core MT8163A SoC is actually not bad at all. All applications run normal without any lag.  It would have been nice if there had been a system monitor available so that I had been able to see the actual CPU load and memory usage. 
Yesterday I watched a review from Circuit Breaker, claiming this tablet is slow. But that's not what I experience at all, from the looks of it this guy was not really serious, and just pushing buttons running heaps of apps in the background etc., and well that will slow down any machine, right?  So if thats how you do a professional review then I hope someone will pay be for my little review as well.
The video itself is running on a MediaTek Mali-T720 MP2 at up to 600 MHz. I have not really tested this yet, so I might add more information on this later when I get to it.


Memory and storage:

The 16GB ROM I fear it's going to be a bit cramped, but I managed to do most of my stuff on a Lubuntu Netbook with only 8GB of ROM so in my case it may just be big enough.  Also there is a micro SDXC slot, so storage will not be an issue either.
The 2GB RAM also seems a bit on the low side but Unity is not as big as a memory hog as that other OS 8 or 10. So I hope future updates will keep it that way.


Feeding it:

The USB charger is nice and small, easy to bring along. And also easy to get lost, but the small size is a positive thing in this case.  The USB cable is nice and thick, though it is a bit short. The shorter it is the less energy loss, and the less spagetti in the bag. So its seems to be a well considered compromise. If you need a longer USB cable then best make sure to get a thick version, so that it can handle the charging current and doesn't have too much losses.


Digestion:

The LiPo 7280 mAh battery has a lot of muscle, yesterday I used the tabled for 4 hours, and the battery was not even half way empty, so that should be enough for an entire day if needed, so no need to pack that charger. Just leave it at home. A car charger mat for some be an idea, then during the travel the battery is being charged, and ready to go when you get home. If your body can keep up with that...


Connectivity:
Looks like all connectivity goes wireless more and more. Only 3 real connectors.
  • 3.5mm TRRS (CTIA) headphone mini jack.
  • Micro HDMI.
  • Micro USB (Charging and OTG)
Personally I would have liked to see more USB ports, but none of the tabled manufacturers seems to share that thought.


Wireless:
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11a/b/g/n (dual band - 2.4 GHz | 5 GHz)

BT and Wi-Fi are probably all Mediatek


Sensors:

  • Brightness sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • eCompass

And then there are also 2 camera's 5MP front facing cam and a 8MP full HD cam on the back.

I still have to play a bit more with this and I will add my findings here on the go.

All in all a very nice product, still a bit held back by the limited approach that Ubuntu has taken with Touch, this can be so much more.  I hope Canonical will loosen up a bit and give us more choice sooner rather then later. Now is the time to do it right
And for BQ. THUMBS UP! Nice Product.

It would be interesting to see a plain Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 run on this tablet, or maybe a more open version of Ubuntu Touch.