Here's a tablet that will run Android and Linux for $120

Here's a tablet that will run Android and Linux for $120
Behold, the PengPod tablet! Now, now, before you all walk away with your interest meter going sharply down, please take a moment to acquaint yourselves with the geeky concept of this gadget.

So, the PengPod! This is a crowd-funded tablet that differentiates itself with the unique ability to dual-boot Android and Linux. That is full-blown Linux we're talking about, covered with the touch-oriented KDE Plasma Active UI. Although it seems like more of a geek product with all that Linux stuff, we guess it may still have some appeal for consumers, depending on the version of Android it comes with, as well as the internals.

Finally, this device certainly shouldn't be ruled out just yet, having in mind the alluring price tag that it's going to come with: $120 for the 7" version, and just $185 for the 10" one! Now that your interest meter is back up a bit, let us tell you that you'll have to wait until "early 2013" for this product to become available.

Would you get an unknown $120 tablet with Android and Linux instead of a proven $200 Android one like the Nexus 7?

via: BGR



10. matthewbendyna

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Ok, it's early 2013 now. How can I get one, already?

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

LINUX being for Geeks is a "WINTEL" fed garbage. Desktop linux is as easy as WINDOWS if not better. On Tablet it will happen because M$ is now making it's own hardware so OEM partners will have to adjust to find newer markets as M$ wil eventually scr3w all OEM vendors if they taste success.

8. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I personally think that nowadays, tablets are just bigger phones. Perhaps Windows 8 Pro tablets will change that, but for now tablet is just something You take instead of a newspaper when You go take a crap. So when I think of buying a tablet I think of buying a cheap tablet. So Yes I prefer to spend 120$ than 200$ on proven tablet. About Linux. I can't imagine myself working on it. It would have to have a keyboard and moreover, everything would have to be recompiled. So I don't see any use for Linux on a tablet. Nevertheless it's a nice add-on to a tablet at this price.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Full blown linux?????? Am already there....

5. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Chinese? Hope not...

4. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Yes. Then I can just post sailfish for less than 200 bucks. You know it will have keylime pie too. The two best open source mobile os's. And if I brick it so what. I can spend another 200 bucks. Heck I might even get 3!

3. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

it's ARM Linux too btw, not x86 Linux because of the processor, while a lot of open source stuff can be compiled into ARM i'm not sure if there's limitations there, also forget running proprietary software on it probably.

2. eddo85

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

linux on a tablet? what about the button size?

7. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

one word: Bodhi. (Also has a tablet interface)

1. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

What are the specs or features?

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