Word on the street is that several Canonical employees have been seen with the first Ubuntu tablet to run the Ubuntu Touch operating system. Technologically it is not much of a stretch from what Canonical can do already. The Touch operating system is working in several Ubuntu Phone devices.
The tablet is being made by the Spanish outfit BQ which already has a partnership with Canonical to deliver two Ubuntu Phone devices. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition. It looks like this partnership was widened to include tablets.
We knew that Canonical was working on implementing support for X11 apps on its Ubuntu mobile operating system. This will allow users to run any graphical software that is currently available in the Ubuntu repositories.
It is not clear yet who will make the announcement about the new tablet or when a device is actually going to appear. At MWC BQ is likely to be talking about Ubuntu convergence and the next-generation of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which will be based on the forthcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS OS, due for release on April 21, 2016.
What is expected is that the BQ Ubuntu tablet will be the recently announced Aquaris X10, which boasts a 64-bit MediaTek MTK 8163 Quad-Core processor, up to 1080p 10-inch display, 2GB RAM, and a 7,280 mAh battery.