Juno Computers has been selling Linux laptops and desktops for several years. Now the company is branching out into tablets.
The first Juno tablet is available for pre-order now for $429 and can be configured with one of several different touchscreen-friendly mobile Linux distributions. . Note that Juno is selling the tablet as a beta product: some hardware is not supported by the software.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD touch screen, a 6-watt Celeron N5100 quad-core processor based on Intel’s Jasper Lake architecture, and 8 GB of LPDDR-2133 RAM (soldered to the motherboard). The Juno offers 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.
- 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (with charging and video output support)
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1 x mini HDMI
- 1 x microSD card reader
- 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
There is also optional pen support with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. It is available as a $22 add-on for the tablet.
The Juno tablet supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, has a 3,200mAh battery, and should work with USB Type-C chargers that support 36W or higher. You’ll need to provide your own charger, however, as the Juno doesn’t come with the tablet.
Operating system choices include the Debian-based Mobian GNU/Linux distribution and two versions of Manjaro: one with the Plasma Mobile user interface and the other with Phosh. As Juno points out, you can also install Windows on a tablet, but it’s not included by default.
As for the tablet’s beta status, Juno says the 1-watt stereo speakers and 2MP front-facing camera are fully supported, but the 5MP rear camera and internal microphone don’t yet work with Mobian or Manjaro, and pause and resume only work partially. , and in general, Mobian is considered “unstable”, while Manjaro is “very unstable”.
In other words, this is a tablet aimed at Linux enthusiasts, developers, and beta testers. But unlike some other Linux tablets, the Juno Tablet has an Intel x86 processor, which means the processor should be well supported by a wide range of other GNU/Linux distributions… though cameras, microphones, and other hardware are not.
The Juno tablet sports a plastic body, and the tablet measures 249 x 167 x 11 mm (9.8″ x 6.6″ x 0.4″) and weighs 670 grams (about 1.5 pounds).