If you’re looking for an Arm Linux tablet option, you’re limited with, for example, the Allwinner A64 powered 10.1 inch PineTab tablet or the CutiePi tablet with a Raspberry Pi CM4 module.
If you want more performance, the next JingPad A1 The 2-in-1 tablet could be an interesting option. The 11-inch 2K tablet features an octa-core Cortex-A75 / A55 processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and can be turned into a laptop with an optional removable keyboard. JingPad A1 runs the company’s JingOS optimized for tablets, which also runs Android apps.
Specifications of JingPad A1:
- SoC – Unnamed octa-core processor with 4 Arm Cortex-A75 2 GHz processor cores, 4 Arm Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz processor cores, Imagination PowerVR GM9446 800 MHz GPU. (I can’t find an exact match, but if it looks like MediaTek Helio P90 except the configuration is 2x Cortex-A75, 6x Cortex-A55)
- System memory – 6 GB of RAM
- Storage – 128 GB
- Display – 11-inch AMOLED display with 2368 x 1728 resolution (4: 3 aspect ratio), capacitive touchscreen, 109% NTSC color gamut, 350 nits
- Cameras – 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
- Audio – dual mic matrix
- 2 × 2 MIMO dual-band WiFi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 4G / 5G modem (only supported in some countries. A list will be published in June)
- GNSS – GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou
- USB – 1 USB Type-C OTG port
- Battery – 8000 mAh
- Power – 18W USB-C charger (3 hours for a full charge)
- Dimensions – 6.7mm thick
- Weight – 500 grams
The tablet comes with an optional keyboard with 6 rows and a touchpad, and as an optional stylus with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. If the design sounds familiar to you, it’s because JingPad OS and JingPad A1 were inspired by iPadOS and iPad Pro respectively.
The JingOS operating system is based on Ubuntu with elements of KDE Plasma and Plasma Mobile, but ultimately the latter may not be used with the company planning to develop its own user interface. The bootloader is unlocked, so the developer community can also decide to port other Linux distributions to the tablet / laptop.
It should be noted that JingOS is not only for the company’s own tablet, and will also work on other tablets such as Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (see the GIMP demo on YouTube). Android mobile apps will only work on the JingPad tablet, as third-party hardware is not supported for this specific feature.
The launch of JingPad A1 on Indiegogo is expected in the coming days. The price is still not known, but you can register in advance to get a 40% discount. The company has also already announced its target schedule with the first 50 JingPad A1s running JingOS ARM Beta without OTA which is expected to ship by July 20, and the second part of 300 tablets is expected to be released around August 20, while production mass should start later. in September. More details can be found and questions asked on the forum and / or the Discord server.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 on a part-time basis, before stepping down as head of software engineering and starting writing daily news and reviews full-time later in 2011.