Kite HD super-tablet dual boots Ubuntu and Android

This year promises to be an explosive time for tablets. From the get-go we have seen a host of new tablets from previously quiet manufacturers, and the latest one is the Kite HD from Italian company Da Vinci Mobile. While not much different from most of the tablets out on the market, it changes things slightly by running two OS’, namely Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Ubuntu entered the market just recently and so far have not disappointed with its interface and system.

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Not much to look at, but schism OS setup will be a treat to play around with

Powering this Italian slab is a Samsung quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space, with a microSD slot for expanding the internal storage. The 10.1-inch screen shows off with an HD resolution display of 1920 x 1200, and there is more than enough ports to satisfy, with both a regular and a microUSB port. An HDMI-out port for enjoying HD content on a larger screen is also available.

Rounding off the slate is a front facing VGA camera with a less than stellar 2-megapixel camera at the rear, which is a little disappointing with all the specs that it is showing off. Maybe Da Vinci wants to cut corners on pricing, but the Kite HD still comes in at around US$415, which could make the socialite Instagram obsessed customer think twice.

The back of the beast

Available on pre-order, it’s not much different from what is out there, and with all the techno gadgetry crammed in there it could be a good alternative, if it was just not for that camera.




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