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.
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
- 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.