Voyo’s latest 2-in-1 Windows tablet borrows more than a few design elements from Microsoft’s Surface Pro. But with a pre-order price of $480, the Voyo Vbook i5 is several hundred dollars cheaper than a Surface Pro, which typically sells for $799 and up.
Both tablets have a built-in kickstand, a high-resolution display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and support for a detachable keyboard and digital pen.
But there are some trade-offs: despite having “i5” in its name, the Voyo model comes with an Intel Pentium 4415U Kaby Lake processor rather than a Core M or Core i chip. Still, did I mention that it’s on sale for less than $500?
That said, Chinese brands like Voyo (and Chuwi and Teclast) tend to have a sort of hit-or-miss track record when it comes to build quality, performance, and battery life. So I’d probably wait for real-world reviews before buying this tablet.
Anyway, here’s a run-down of the specs for the Voyo Vbook i5:
- 12.6 inch, 2880 x 1920 pixel IPS touchscreen with pen and 10-point finger input
- Intel Pentium 4415U 15 watt 2.3 GHz dual-core processor
- 8GB of RAM
- 128GB M.2 SSD
- microSD card slot
- 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports
- 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port
- micro HDMI port
- 3.5mm audio jack
- 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- 10,200 mAh battery
- Aluminum magnesium alloy chassis
- 12″ x 8.5″ x 0.4″
- 2 pounds
Unfortunately Voyo didn’t just borrow the Surface Pro’s design style for this tablet. The company also borrowed Microsoft’s habit of selling accessories separately: neither the digital pen nor the detachable keyboard are included in the $480 base price.
If you do pay extra for a Voyo pen, it supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. And the keyboard is said to feature 1.5mm key travel.
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