Linux Tablet: Best Options, Comparison, and Guide

If you’re looking to buy a Linux tablet, you have some options out there today. In this article, we’ll compare the best options and guide you through the Linux tablet world.

After our Linux phone comparison, it’s only natural that we do a Linux tablet comparison. In terms of advancements and options in the market, Linux tablets are far behind Linux phones. Linux phones in general are far behind iPhones and Androids. So right from the start, manage your expectations.

If you’re in a rush, here’s a quick comparison of the best Linux tablets:

Tablet Price Display Battery RAM Storage CPU Main Features
RasPad $34910.1” multi-touch screen with 720P IPS screen8 GB64-bit quad-core Cortex-A72 (1.5 GHz)Raspberry Pi pre-installed, has lots of ports
Librem 11 $99911.5″ AMOLED display3500 mAh8 GB
1 TB NVMeIntel N5100 (Jasper Lake) @ 1.1GHz. 4 Cores, up to 2.89GHzPureOS and Pureboot pre-installed, detachable keyboard and pen
PineTab $9910″ MiPi 720p capacitive LCD6000 mAh2 GB64 GB4x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.152GHzUbuntu Touch pre-installed, expansion kits
StarLite $49812.5" IPS LED (2880x1920)16512 GBIntel N200 1.00GHz quad-coreMultiple distros to choose from, Surface-like tablet/laptop
CutiePi$2298” IPS LCD (1280×800)5000 mAh2 GB4 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.152 GHzRaspberry Pi pre-installed, has a handle
JingPad$54911″, 2K+, 2368×1728, AMOLED, 266PPI, 350nit8000 mAh8 GB256 GBUnisoc Tiger T7510, 12nm octa-core chipsetJingOS pre-installed, has a great display

What’s a “Linux Tablet”?

Most people will define a Linux tablet differently. So, for the purposes of our article, a “Linux tablet” is a tablet that ships with a Linux distro out of the box, or at least a tablet that makes it super easy to install Linux on. There are other “non-Linux tablets” that work well with a Linux distro, we also included them in our list.

Read this before buying a Linux tablet

  • Sadly, most Linux tablets are focused on developers. If you’re an average user or a beginner, some of these tablets may not be a good fit for you.
  • Some tablets are currently out of stock or on pre-order. In some cases, you can’t buy a Linux tablet even if you wanted to.
  • If you’d buy a “normal” Linux tablet and install a Linux distro on it, the hardware support is very limited, it may not even work on your tablet. Some apps don’t work well with touch.

Because of this, you’re left with very few choices. Especially if you’re a beginner or if you’re looking for bleeding-edge hardware and features.

Best Linux Tablets – Our Top Picks

Here are some of the best Linux tablets you can find today:



RasPad 3 is the tablet for programmers. It has the most ports out of all other Linux tablets – Ethernet, HDMI, Audio, USB, and Power. You can even swap TF cards without opening the back cover, making it perfect for distro hoppers. It’s compatible with Raspberry Pi OS, Retropie, Linux, Android, and Windows.

RasPad main features:

  • Open source hardware and software
  • Runs Raspberry Pi OS, Retropie, and other OSes
  • Has lots of ports
  • Easily extensible
  • Great documentation

RasPad main specs:

  • Ports: Ethernet, HDMI, Audio, 3x USB, and Power
  • Display: 10.1” multi-touch screen with 720P IPS screen
  • Uses Raspberry Pi 4

RasPad price: Without a Raspberry Pi: $219. With a Raspberry Pi: $349

Buy RasPad Check the price on Amazon

Librem – Purism

librem 11 tablet

Purism are well-known in the Linux hardware niche. They sell phones, laptops, mini-PCs, and other secure and private Linux devices. They recently released their new tablet – the Librem 11. All Librem 11 tablets ship with a keyboard and a pen. It has an 11.5″ AMOLED display and a 1 TB NVMe.

Librem 11 main features:

  • Comes with PureOS and PureBoot pre-installed
  • 11.5″ AMOLED display
  • 1 TB NVMe
  • Detachable keyboard and a pen

Librem 11 specs:

  • Intel ME disabled
  • Display : 11.5″ AMOLED 2560×1600 @ 60Hz
  • Processor: Intel N5100 (Jasper Lake) @ 1.1GHz. 4 Cores, up to 2.89GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB LPDDR4 (soldered)
  • Storage : 1 TB NVMe (Kingston KC3000)
  • Wi-Fi : Intel AX201, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Bluetooth: Intel 9460, Bluetooth 5
  • Multitouch digitizer : Goodix GXTP7380
  • Stylus : Two buttons, 4096 pressure levels, tilt support (XY), USB-C chargeable
  • Protective Keyboard Case : QWERTY
  • Sound : 3.5mm AudioJack (Mic-in & Headphone-out combo)
  • microSD card reader: Genesys Logic GL823K, tray type (same as Librem 5)
  • Accelerometer: Memsic MXC6655
  • Front Camera: 2MP fixed focus (1280×720)
  • Back Camera: 5MP (2592 x 1944), auto or manual focus
  • USB Type C: 2 ports (3.1) full function (USB host data, video alt mode, Power Delivery charging)
  • Fingerprint reader: Goodix PID 0x5750 (Not supported in fprint yet)
  • Battery: 7.6 V, 3500 mAh

Librem 11 price: $999

Buy Librem

PineTab – Pine64


You already know Pine64 for the PinePhone, but they also have a tablet. You can choose a normal version and a version with a detachable keyboard. It’s one of the best Linux tablets, but the downside is that they are often out of stock. So once you see that they have products in stock, buy them ASAP.

PineTab main features:

  • Comes with Ubuntu Touch pre-installed
  • Optional detachable backlit keyboard
  • Multiple expansion boards for LTE, LoRa, and SATA SSD
  • Micro HD Video Out

PineTab specs:

  • CPU: 4 x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.152GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • Display: 10″ MiPi 720p capacitive LCD
  • Battery: Li-Po 6000 mAh
  • Storage: 64GB of eMMC, Bootable Micro SD slot
  • Cameras: 2Mpx front-facing camera, 5Mpx rear camera
  • Ports: Micro HD digital video out port, USB 2.0 A Host, Micro USB 2.0 OTG, Optional M.2 slot, 3.5mm headphone jack with mic input

PineTab price: Without a keyboard: $99.99, With a keyboard: $119.98

Buy PineTab

If you like PineTab, you should also check out PineNote.


Star Labs recently turned their StarLite laptop into a Surface-like tablet. It’s a compact 12.5″ tablet that can easily be converted into a laptop. You can choose from multiple Linux distros as an OS for the tablet.

StarLite main features:

  • 6+ Linux distros to choose from
  • 4800MHz 16 GB RAM
  • 12.5″ 3K Touch Display

StarLite specs:

  • Chassis:
    Type II matte black anodised aluminium
  • Display:
    12.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit 10-point touch display with IPS technology
    2880×1920 resolution at 276 pixels per inch
    16:10 aspect ratio
  • Processor:
    1.00GHz quad-core Intel Alder Lake N200
    Turbo Boost up to 3.70GHz, with 6MB Smart Cache
  • Storage:
    512GB Gen3 PCIe SSD
    Configurable to:
    1TB Gen3 PCIe SSD
    Configurable to:
    2TB Gen3 PCIe SSD
  • Firmware:
  • Security Features:
    BIOS Lock
    Secure Boot
    Measured Boot
    Disabled Intel Management Engine
  • Memory:
    16GB of 4800MHz LPDDR5 onboard memory
  • Graphics:
    Intel UHD Graphics
  • Connectivity:
    Micro HDMI
    USB Type C 3.2 with Power Delivery 3.0
    USB Type C 3.2 with Power Delivery 3.0
    Micro SD Memory Card Reader
    3.5mm Headphone Jack
    Keyboard and Trackpad:
    Magnetic Backlit keyboard
    Trackpad for precise cursor control and Multi-Touch gestures
  • Wireless:
    Intel Wi-Fi 5 9560
    802.11ac Wi-Fi; Up to 1.73 Gbps
    802.11ac/a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth:
    Bluetooth 5.1
  • Camera:
    2k camera
    2k rear camera
  • Video Support:
    Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and:
    Up to two displays with 3840×2160 resolution at 30Hz
  • Audio:
    Stereo Speakers
    Dual Digital Microphone
    Embedded Controller
    ITE 5570E
  • Battery and Power:
    Up to 12 hours battery life
    38-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
    65w USB-C Power Adapter
  • Operating Requirements:
    Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
    Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
    Operating temperature: 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)
    Storage temperature: -20° to 60° C (-4° to 140° F)
    Relative humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing
    Operating altitude: tested up to 3048 metres (10000 feet)
    Maximum storage altitude: 12192 metres (40000 feet)
    Maximum shipping altitude: 12192 metres (40000 feet)
  • Size and Weight:
    Height: 0.89 cm (0.35 inches)
    Width: 28.33 cm (11.15 inches)
    Depth: 20.3 cm (7.99 inches)
    Weight: 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds)

StarLite price: $713.00 $498.00

Buy StarLite



CutiePi is a tablet built with RPi with open source hardware. Every piece of hardware and software is open source. It runs a CutiePi shell with Raspberry Pi OS (Debian-based distro). The unique feature about this tablet is that it has a stand that can act as a handlebar too, making it easy to carry. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a front-facing camera.

CutiePi main features

  • Open source hardware and software
  • Runs Raspberry Pi OS
  • Has a handle that doubles as a stand

CutiePi main specs

  • CPU: BCM2711, Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5 GHz
  • Display: 8” IPS LCD (1280×800)
  • Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh
  • Connectivity: WLAN 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Camera: Rear-facing camera 5MP (OV5647)
  • Slots: I/O 1x USB type-A, 1x USB type-C (charging), 1x micro HDMI, 1x microSD slot

CutiePi price: $229.00

Buy CutiePi



JingPad A1 runs JingOS – a Linux distro for tablets. It has an 11″ AMOLED 266PPI 2K screen, which is a rarity in Linux tablets. Out of all the Linux tablets, it definitely has the best display/screen. It also comes with a detachable keyboard and a Stylus.

JingPad main features

  • Open source hardware and software
  • Runs JingOS
  • Has a detachable keyboard
  • Has a stylus/pen
  • Has an 11″ AMOLED 2k display

JingPad main specs

  • CPU: Unisoc Tiger T7510, 12nm octa-core chipset with 4x Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz
  • Display: 11″, 2K+, 2368×1728, AMOLED, 266PPI, 350nit
  • Battery: Li-Po 8000 mAh
  • Storage: 256GB UMCP storage.
  • Connectivity: 2.4G / 5G dual-band WiFi, 2*2 mimo, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/Beidou, USB Type-C interface, support OTG function
  • Camera: 16MP back-camera, 8MP front-camera
  • Sensors: Six-axis gyro, Ambient light sensor, Fingerprint sensor

JingPad price: $549

Buy JingPad

Non-Linux Tablets You Can Install Linux On

Some tablets come with Android or Windows pre-installed, but you can install a Linux distro on them.

Microsoft Surface Tablets

Surface Tablets

Most Microsoft Surface tablets are pretty compatible with Linux distros. Instead of featuring one specific tablet in our list, we’ll recommend checking this repo that has a list of supported devices with features that work and don’t work on Linux, as well as detailed instructions on how to install a Linux distro on those devices.

Learn more about Linux Surface Search for Microsoft Surface Tablets on Amazon

Lenovo Tab M10 X605F/L

Lenovo Tab M10 X605F/L

This Lenovo Tablet TB-X605 is almost fully compatible with Ubuntu Touch. It’s a good multimedia device with a good screen and speakers. You can get the specs here. It’s relatively old (2020), but it’s still worth a mention.

Learn more about the X605 with Ubuntu Touch Search for Lenovo Tab M10 on Amazon

Tablets we intentionally left out

You may notice them on other lists, but there are some tablets that we left out of our recommendations:

  • Chromebooks. We’re not sure why Chromebooks are recommended in other Linux tablet lists. They would be a better fit on a Linux laptop list if they are to be included at all. The same goes for other “2-in-1” laptops that aren’t really tablets. Though technically ChromeOS is a Linux distro, it isn’t really focused on privacy.
  • BQ tablets. Not sure what happened to the BQ company, but it seems like they no longer exist. If you do come across a BQ tablet (like BQ Aquaris M10 FHD) – it will work pretty well with a Linux distro, more specifically, Ubuntu Touch.
  • ASUS ZenPad 3S 10. This tablet is compatible with Ubuntu Touch, but it’s quite outdated (2016 release date)
  • Chuwi tablets. Their tablets are pretty good – but they don’t ship with Linux out of the box and some features aren’t supported on their tablets. It can be difficult to install Linux on a Chuwi tablet too.

What distros do Linux tablets use?

Linux tablets included in this list ship with a different Linux distro out of the box. Including, but not limited to:

  • Ubuntu Touch
  • Raspberry Pi OS
  • JingOS
  • RetroPie
  • Ubuntu Desktop and other Desktop distros

Are Linux tablets similar to Linux phones?

Yes, in that they aren’t as developed as Android devices, they both use Linux, and they are both mostly focused on privacy and developers.

Can I turn my Android tablet into a Linux tablet?

It really depends on the tablet you have. Sadly – in most cases, the answer will be no, you can’t install Linux on your tablet because you’d likely be limited with hardware support and functionality. You can always google it and see if you can do it though. Ubuntu Touch has a list of supported devices that may help.

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