JingPad A1 Linux 4:3 OLED 5G tablet with pen input

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  1. Marty

    Marty Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    So this one is pretty interesting, a dedicated JingOS tablet (which is a tablet-optimized Linux distro), the JingPad A1:

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    "11-inch AMOLED display at 2368 x 1728, with Gorilla Glass, a 4:3 aspect ratio, 4G/5G support for some countries, a keyboard with a trackpad, and a 4096 pressure level sensitive digitizer called JingPencil.

    The processor is an octa-core ARM-based CPU naturally, with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, featuring an 8MP front camera and 16MP rear camera with LED flash.

    With a weight of 500 grams and thickness of just 6.7mm"

    Competitive base specs with the promise of full Linux desktop functionality with a touch-oriented UI:

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    "JingOS is a full-function Linux based on Ubuntu. It can run desktop Linux apps like VS Code, Libre Office, etc. JingOS is a productive OS designed specifically for tablets."

    A very attractive proposition indeed...and with bonus Android app support?! :eek:

    "JingOS can run ARM-Based Native Android apps, in our App Store you can download the Full-screen Android and Linux apps."

    As a longtime TPCRer who's been let down by Windows' inability to evolve, frustrated at Android's lack of desktop productivity, yet who still rails at the locked-down nature of iOS, this could by the ray of light we've been hoping for...

    The best if all worlds, with the complete freedom and hackability only Linux can provide. I'm interested. :cool:
     
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    desertlap Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    @Marty We have a customer in Vietnam that is evaluating it. We haven't seen it ourselves though hopefully we will. But his initial impression was that the overall UI was even less optimized than Windows is for a tablet form factor, specifically in certain places way too many tiny icons, often too close together to use with a finger.
     
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    What about the Android app support? Those apps should ease the tablet barrier, until more Linux software embrace touch UX.
     
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    TBD. I know for fact that our own apps run "without issue" according to him, though there is a significant lag the first time one is launched. We both suspect that it doesn't have Android support loaded by default at system startup.

    His plan is to look at the MS office apps this week.

    PS: He says that the display is almost "searing bright. easily usable outside"
     
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    Whoa! Windows 10 tablet mode is a low bar to surpass. That’s pretty bad. Hopefully they’ll work on it until it’s decent, unlike MS.
     
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    So just a postscript to this. The customer that was evaluating it has sent it back. "Not ready for prime time". Primarily due to a poorly optimized (so far) OS

    He did think it was promising though and he said the company was very responsive to questions and feedback.

    I intend to keep an eye on this as it has at least the potential to be a viable alternative to android tablets down the road. OTOH Google seems to be making moves that way as well with Chrome OS and "tablet mode"
     
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    What type of stylus?
     

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