The KDE Vivaldi tablet is a very interesting proposition for a number of reasons. Not only does it come with fairly good hardware at a cheap price, it also has the unique distinction of running Linux with KDE’s Plasma desktop instead of the standard Android. While the Vivaldi isn’t actually shipping yet, it turns out that you can actually already pick up nearly identical hardware at a cheaper price and preloaded with Android thanks to a company called Zenithink.
PandaWill is selling Zenithink’s C71 Android 4.0 tablet for only $76 today only and $107.99 normally, which is a fantastic deal for a tablet based on the same hardware as the Vivaldi. Admittedly, this is the hardware version before the upgrade to 1GB of RAM, but the C71 still includes the 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display, 1GHz Cortex A9 single core CPU, 512MB of RAM, Wifi, 1.3MP front camera, SD card slot, and at $76 or even $108 compared to the Vivaldi’s predicted $200 is still a good deal.
What about the KDE OS, you say? Well, since the C71 is based on the same development board as the Vivaldi, it is easily possible to install builds of the latest “Vivaldi OS” on the C71. These should work exactly as they do on the Vivaldi, but the software is still in development, so there are obviously no promises.
This hacked together Linux tablet is certainly not for everyone, but at this cheap price anyone who is interested in KDE on a touchscreen could probably afford to give it a try. In fact, this is such a good deal that I am on the fence about impulse buying one myself to replace my Kindle Fire. If you want to get your hands on one, then just visit the source link below.