Ubuntu-based tablet due in 2011

A Ubuntu-based computer tablet could hit the market in early 2011, according to the publisher of a China-based gadget site.

The man behind gadget site Gizchina, Andrew Sykes, began the rumours about the Linux-powered tablet on Tuesday after he claimed he was told by sources he declined to name that the Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 would be powered by an Intel 1.6 GHz Atom and would include 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD.

It's also rumoured the tablet will include a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display and a built-in webcam. 3G connectivity will, apparently, be optional, but two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an HDMI-out port, and a MicroSD card reader will be standard.

The Ubuntu tablet's developer "will also offer a cover with built in keyboard," although an on-screen keyboard will be part of the tablet's software services.

The device is yet to be given a name.

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