Canonical has just introduced a spanking new tablet model that will run on its hugely popular Linux-based Ubuntu operating system, where it will target the mid-range and high-end ARM and Intel-based tablet market. Most of the interface will be gesture-based, which is not too far from how the BlackBerry 10 platform relies on the outside edges of the display as well as bezel to initiate user actions.

Canonical claims that users will be able to enjoy a true PC-like experience on the tablet, where among them include an intuitive multitasking system that enables the user to switch between open apps in a snap, not to mention being able to use a couple of apps simultaneously side-by-side. Productivity is sure to fall though, imagine you’re trying to write a document that is due tomorrow, but have a movie running in the adjacent window.

The Ubuntu platform will play nice with ARM’s Cortex-A15 chipset in both dual- and quad-core configurations, and it will carry between 2GB and 4GB RAM, sporting 7” to 10” displays on the low end side of things, while the higher end versions will come in 10” to 12” sizes. Will it catch on? Only time will tell.

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