Japanese PC maker NEC has introduced a new 10 inch tablet that has a spec sheet that reads a bit like a wish list for anyone looking for one of the best low-power Windows tablets money could buy.

The NEC LaVie Tab W TW710 features a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an Intel Atom x7-8700 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a detachable keyboard, and an active digitizer pen.

nec lavie tab w w710

The tablet features 802.11ac WiFi, Bliuetoth 4.0, and coms with Windows 10 Home 64-bit software. It has a 5MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front camera, a USB 3.0 port, microSD card slot, and stereo speakers.

NEC says the LaView Tab W TW710 should get up to 11.5 hours of battery life.

The tablet alone measures about 0.35 inches thick and weighs about 1.3 pounds. Add the keyboard dock and the combined device weighs about 2.5 pounds and measures 0.94 inches thick.

NEC is selling the tablet and pen for about $600 in Japan. Add the keyboard dock and the price goes up to $700. Computers tend to cost more in Japan than the US… but sadly NEC hasn’t sold computers in the US in a long time, so the LaView Tab W710 probably won’t be coming to North America anytime soon.

via PC Watch

 

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14 replies on “NEC LaVie Tab: 10 inch Windows tablet with Atom x7, 4GB RAM, full HD display”

  1. NEC and Lenovo have a partnership. Lenovo sold the previous NEC version
    to this one in the US, so it may yet show up stateside. However, the prior
    design was all NEC, and had many flaws, the biggest of which was the NEC
    keyboard. If Lenovo gets to market this product in the US, I wish Lenovo
    has some role in ThinkPad-izing the new product because the last one
    landed with a big thud.

  2. We need another tablet or 2-In-1 in the USA that has the X7-Z8700 ATOM. Seems like everything coming out is a Z8500 or Z8300.

    1. It’s understandable, though, as premium range starts to overlap with what you could get a Core M for instead and there may be some technical issues involved as well…

      Since the more powerful GPU may require better cooling systems than they could use with Bay Trail and high end chips tend to have lower yields, which makes it harder to fill demand reliably…

      Mind, we’re going to start seeing more Skylake based Core M’s soon and many of them will be at more reasonable priced products than the previous gen Core M’s, while still providing more performance than even the x7-Z8700…

      This is similar to why we didn’t see more Z3795’s during Bay Trail’s run… but it’s probably also because there’s not a very big difference between the x5-Z8500 and x7-Z8700… as well as still not a apparent large demand for ATOM based business class premium products that these would normally go into…

      There’s also the influence of the mobile market as higher capacity RAM is still not mainstream, which puts giving more RAM at a price premium that normally means something else needed to be compromised to compensate… and despite being PC orientated products they still get compared and have to compete with mobile devices that use the same type of parts…

      So the normal premiums on things like storage capacity still get applied, etc. and most OEMs try to get their products within certain price point ranges and that usually prevents using all the best parts, even if it would only end up a little over the target price range… Unfortunately…

      1. Good points. I wonder what the cost difference is between a Z8500 and Z8700 for most OEMs?

        *there’s not a very big difference between the x5-Z8500 and x7-Z8700*

        I’ve been trying to test this out myself with my S3, but it appears my Z8500 tablet from HP is not performing as it should. Still trying to figure out why…

        I hope this is true as well

        *Mind, we’re going to start seeing more Skylake based Core M’s soon and many of them will be at more reasonable priced products than the previous gen Core M’s*

        Broadwell Core M’s were way too expensive.

        1. Cost difference is probably small but like I said, they try to shoehorn the pricing into certain target price ranges and thus even if it would only go a little above they’d rather compromise and cut corners to get it into those price ranges.

          Though, if there is a heating issue with the GPU then the even more powerful GPU in the x7-Z8700 may make it even harder to keep cool and that’s a additional design cost to just the parts alone…

          As for your HP, maybe run something like HWiNFO as it’ll show you things like whether or not the SoC is throttling and being caused by overheating…

          The guy running Tech Tablets review site noticed that issue with some China Tablets running on the x5-Z8500 and he did a copper cooling mod that resulted in something around 20% performance improvement over the stock cooling setup, which he noted was the same as the previous Bay Trail model and thus inadequate for the newer Cherry Trail… Perhaps HP made the same mistake…

          1. From my observations, the throttling that occurs with Z8700 is due to each CPU core peaking at 84-85c (5-6 degress from TjMax). During this time frame the clock speeds slowly drop to the base clock, and sometimes lower. While this is happening the GPU is only at 73-77c. Keep in mind, this is during gaming sessions.

            I monitor the CPU/GPU usage, temps, and frequencies while gaming with the surface 3.

            If you’re interested? Check out my videos – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCyyGwCnUZ_H0Lns-SyUOZqhL6o2PDcS-

            Looking at the HP 608 Pro G1, the problem I believe has to do with either drivers or something else on HP’s end (Bios/Firmware). Believe it or not, but the cooling on HP’s tablet is actually pretty good. The temps are more inline with Bay Trail than Cherry Trail, of course so is the performance. I plan on taking a look further into when I get some time this weekend.

          2. Maybe but mind that this is a SoC we’re talking about and the thermal load is shared between the components within… The GPU in Cherry Trail also takes up a lot more of the die space than it did in Bay Trail, which means it accounts for more of the total heat generation even if it registers as less than the CPU temps…

            Even with a Core M, a heavy emphasis on the GPU means the die size of the GPU can be larger than all the CPU cores combined…

            Besides, ever since Bay Trail Intel introduced dynamic load management to balance performance between the CPU and GPU cores as needed and to better set performance limits to keep the chip optimized for its target power and thermal range… This induces such behavior as allowing either the CPU cores or GPU cores to go full out but not both at the same time, so the device never exceeds its target TDP/SDP…

            Pushing the limits, though, is why even ARM SoCs still run into throttling issues and may need another gen release to fix them…

            It’s also generally easier to throttle CPU performance than GPU but the guy at Tech Tablets also noted the GPU performance dropped to just above Bay Trail when throttling occurred…

            Here’s what a Bay Trail SoC die looked like for example…

            https://hothardware.com/articleimages/Item2080/BayTrail9.png

            Note the GPU block size and that was only for 4EU’s… Cherry Trail offers 2 to 4 times as many EUs… While everything is also closer together under a 14nm FAB vs the previous 22nm…

            That said, you could be right that it may be a driver or FW issue… HP may have even done it on purpose to trade performance that may be highly irregular for stability to more consistent performance that shouldn’t dip below a specific point… Also, for mobile devices it’s generally not a good thing if the device gets too warm to hold comfortably as another reason they could have purposely limited the device and why you otherwise get good temps…

            Lenovo and Dell have similarly done that to some of their models in the past as well, with mixed results…

          3. Great point on the SoC thermal load. Looking at the Bay Trail die shot, the Z8700 CPU cores probably take up the same amount of space as one CPU module, while the Gen 8-LP GPU takes up twice the space as it did in Bay Trail, of course it’s all smaller now on 14nm.

            I watched the Tech Tablets video and the difference is impressive.

            Anyway, I’ll look into the HP again this weekend and do some comparisons vs. my Z3735D based ONDA V975W –

            While this is a short benchmark – And not a fair fight for Bay Trail, as it’s not a Z3795. It still shows the GPU prowess of Cherry Trail vs. Bay Trail –

  3. Doesn’t look like the most stable docking mechanism. Hinges much preferable imho

    1. Was going to post the same thing. It’s like these manufacturers don’t even usethe computers they produce.

      I’ve owned large screen tablets with flimsy BT docks. Not a productive portable experience.

  4. See how there is almost no “bezel” to the left and right of the keyboard? A lot of computer manufactureres have a lot to learn from that!

    1. And if they extended that concept to the screen, it could be 12″ as well…just sayin’

    1. Like Brad said, prices tend to be higher in Japan than the US and this will only be sold in Japan… Besides, NEC isn’t exactly known for their low prices :-p

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