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€200 KDE Tablet to Ship May; Pre-Orders Open Next Week

Further details on the recently-announced KDE Plasma Active tablet ‘Spark’ have been made availableby the project’s leadAaron Seigos.

Online pre-orders for the 200 device will be open ‘early next week’ with a view to shipping the device in May 2012. The tablet will only be available to order online but will ship worldwide.

Spark tablet

The onboard ‘app store’ will allow users to ‘…easily download and install books, applications, desktop widgets and services.’Developers will be able to create and sell apps, services and widgets through the store.

Full specs of the re-brandedZenithink C71:

  • 1GHz AMLogic ARM processor (Cortex-A9)
  • Mali-400 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • SD card slot
  • 7? capacitive multi-touch screen (800×400 resolution)
  • Wifi (802.11 b/g)
  • 1x mini-HDMI Out
  • 2x mini-USB ports
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Weight:360g

Although support for GPS or 3G is not provided on this initial model the Spark team are evaluating ‘higher-end hardware options’ for any future expansion of the product line. But they note that the potential foradditionalmodels ‘willbe driven by market demand for Spark’.