An Australian company called Intermatrix said that its first Ubuntu Tablet PC has started to accept reservations. This message caused the industry attention, but many insiders have questioned the legitimacy of this product.
Intermatrix is a very small consulting firm with only five employees. This U7 model Ubuntu Tablet PC is the company’s first product to enter the hardware market, and the company will work with Chinese factories to produce this tablet.
Peter Dey, the person in charge of the company refused to disclose the name of its OEM partner. It has been reported that from the photo, the U7 looks like a Chinese-made Android tablet PC the Ainol Novo 7 Venus, the hardware parameters are similar, but the price of the latter is only about half of the U7′s $300.
The Intermatrix U7 currently plans to use 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, and it is equipped with a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800. Other configurations include a 2.0 megapixel rear camera and a 300,000 pixel front camera.
According to Intermatrix, its OEM partner has not begun production of the tablet yet. The U7 booking terms show, “you will book a yet to start full-scale production”. Intermatrix said the U7 is planned to be shipped in October, but thay can’t ensure the ship date, while its technical parameters are not finalized.
Dey said, Intermatrix would 100% guarantee the shipment. He said: “We are fully subject to the time when Canonical will release the Ubuntu Touch System for the entry-level consumer tablet PC. We will not sell an unfinished beta software.”