Kupa UltraNote Windows 8 tablet packs every premium feature you could want

Kupa plans to launch a new Windows 8 tablet called the UltraNote in November. It’s a 10 inch tablet that checks nearly every box you could want from a premium tablet.

Want an HD screen? It’s got it. Ivy Bridge CPU? Check. Removable battery? Yup. And the list goes on.

Kupa UltraNote

While Kupa isn’t exactly a household name, the company’s been making Windows tablets for a little while. I tested the Kupa X11 tablet with a pre-release version of Windows 8 earlier this year, and while the tablet’s a bit chunky, it performed reasonably well.

But the Kupa X11 is last year’s model with an Intel Atom processor and 1366 x 768 pixel screen.

The new Kupa UltraNote is a much more powerful machine, with:

  • 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display
  • 10-point multitouch capacitive touch panel
  • Active Digitizer with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity (for use with digital pen)
  • Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 Ivy Bridge CPU
  • 4GB to 8GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB solid state disk
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0/4.0, 3G, 4G LTE, RFID, and NFC
  • 45Whr swappable battery (up to 7 hours of battery life)
  • 5MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • 1.7 pounds

Kupa will also offer an optional keyboard docking station with USB, Ethernet, and video ports and an SD card reader. The keyboard also has a built-in battery, letting you use the tablet and keyboard together for up to 12 hours.

The UltraNote also has a modular design. You can add panels to the left and right sides of the tablet to attach a card reader, scanner, or other additional features. While the photos show what sort of looks like a disc drive, that’s actually the swappable battery which you can pop out and replace.

Kupa hasn’t yet announced the pricing for the UltraNote, but it probably won’t be cheap. The computer has some of the best hardware options I’ve seen from a 10 inch Windows 8 tablet so far, and Kupa’s a relatively small company that might not get the same kind of breaks on components that a Lenovo or HP get.

But it’s nice to see a company offering such a powerful, customizable Windows 8 solution.

  • DeathStrike1

    impressive …. though without a price it doesnt help much.

  • Renee Auclair

    Hope they don’t wind up the way of Viliv, Raon Digital, UMID, and many other innovative small companies before them. These companies were killed by unique products that were too expensive.

    The design reminds me of the IBM PCjr with its outrigger options. I would have preferred the SD card slot integrated in the base machine, but if the card reader panel can be secured to the main unit, it will have to do.

    • digi_owl

      Ugh, i recall reading and drooling about those upcoming products that never materialized (or if they did, were hard to source).

  • Peter D’Hoye

    Hope it comes without windows tax too, that hardware should fly with linux on it….

    • CyberGusa

      Need a good GNU/Linux optimized for tablet usage first! Ubuntu Unity UI is one of the few trying but some hate it worse than the MS Modern UI.

  • Penn Taylor

    Looks like the marketing will have to change on the modbook pro, since this Kupa will have a digitizer with twice the pressure levels.

  • http://rct.me.ht/ crashsuit

    I’d love this for drawing in Photoshop, though as others point out, a lot depends on the price point.

  • lechuck

    Make it a 10.1″ notebook with the same specs and a bigger battery and I’ll buy.

  • rhui

    I’m really psyched about this product because it has everything that I was looking for in a tablet like a 1024 level pressure sensitive pen, i7 processor, 8gb RAM and NFC.

    I’m just curious about the graphics card for this one…all of the posts that I’ve googled doesn’t state any graphics card for the ultranote.. I just hope the graphics card would be an NVidia…

    btw, adding a letter ‘L’ on it’s company name makes it sound more disgusting than poop in one asian language…lol