After launching a crowd-developed Windows tablet in 2017 that was designed with input from potential customers, Eve is back with a new model featuring updated hardware and features. The new Eve V (2021) tablet has a 13.4 inch display with edge-to-edge glass, an Intel Tiger Lake processor, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and Windows Hello biometric login support thanks to an IR camera and fingerprint reader.

It’s designed to work with a pressure-sensitive pen that uses Wacom AES 2.0 technology and a detachable keyboard cover with a Precision touchpad with a textured glass surface.

Basically it’s what you’d get if you took a Microsoft Surface tablet and threw in a kitchen sink’s worth of bonus features. But the tablet doesn’t come cheap… or soon.

It’s up for pre-order starting today for $1399 and up, but the tablet isn’t expected to ship until the third quarter of 2021.

Update: While the press materials showed a starting price of $1399, that’s the price for the tablet + keyboard and pen. If you don’t need one or both, then you can save some money. 

Given the long lead time, Eve is only asking customers who want to pre-order to make a down payment of $300. The rest will be charged closer to the time the tablet is ready to ship.

That said, while the original Eve V tablet got positive reviews from tech news sites (including this one), the company ran into trouble when it came to shipping and support. All it takes is a quick scan of the /r/evev subreddit to find numerous stories from people who say they ordered a tablet years ago and have never received the tablet or a refund.

Eve says it’s resolved the manufacturing and distribution problems it had in the past, but as good as the new Eve V tablet looks on paper, I’d be reluctant to make a down payment… although I should probably point out that Eve says the pre-order prices represent a a discount over the eventual retail price. The price will go up after the first 500 units are pre-ordered.

Here are the final specs for the 2nd-gen Eve V:

Displays13.4 inch
3840 x 2400 pixels
IGZO IPS
16:10 aspect ratio
500 nits brightness
HDR10 Media Profile
90% DCI-P3 color gamut
100% sRGB color gamut
30ms response time (black to white to black)
60 Hz refresh rate
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
10-point multitouch
Wacom AES 2.0 pen support
Processor optionsIntel Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7
Memory16GB or 32GB LPDDR4X-4266
Storage512GB or 1TB NVMe SSD
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 4/USB4
1 x USB 3.2 Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSDXC card reader (up to 2TB)
1 x nano SIM slot
Audio2 x 0.7 watt high-frequency speakers
2 x 1 watt low-frequency speakers
Dual noise cancelling mics
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE 150 Mbps down/50 Mbps up (optional)
GPS & GLONASS (on 4G LTE models)
Battery41.3 Wh
Security720p front camera w/IR
Fingerprint reader in power button
MaterialsAnodized Aluminum
KickstandStepless adjustments to 170 degrees
OSWindows 10 Pro

Eve will offer 7 different prices/configurations:

ModelProcessorMemoryStorage4G LTE/GPS?Pre-order price
EVO5655Core i516GB512GBNo$1399/€1399
EVO5656Core i716GB512GBNo$1599/€1599
EVO5657Core i716GB1TBNo$1649/€1649
EVO5658Core i732GB512GBNo$1699/€1699
EVO5659Core i732GB1TBNo$1799/€1799
EVO565ACore i732GB512GBYes$1899/€1899
EVO565BCore i732GB1TBYes$1999/€1999

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  1. In the column labeled “WiFi/GPS?”, is that supposed to be “LTE/GPS”? – I would assume they all come with WiFi.

  2. This is actually one of the most balanced article I’ve seen on the V2 pre-sale. Many make no mention of the fact that there are still many customers of the original V who paid the full amount to Eve and received nothing.

    As to the price discrepancy of $210 ($1189 vs $1399). The higher price includes the additional cost of the pen and US keyboard (which does not need to be purchased with the V2)

  3. Based on their performance so far, I’m confident this will be a good product, but I would never give them any money.

    If this is what I think it is, they are trying to raise capital to square off refunds for past customers while simultaneously funding a new product. Seems riskier than their first crowdfunding.

  4. I’m reading the detailed specifications page:

    https://evedevices.com/pages/eve-v-2021-tech-specifications

    It says:

    operating system – Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Bloatware-free

    Is this a special flavor of Windows 10 Pro? I don’t know, I’ve left the Windows ship this year.

    Scrolling down to the bottom of the page, the last section is called:

    Size and weight

    And it still doesn’t mention the weight. I assume this means it’s way too heavy for a tablet device so they decided it’s better to hide it. Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices are under 800 grams for a comparison.

    Anyway, that gorgeous 4K display will likely drain the battery way too quickly. Overall, not a winning design.

    1. It is an IGZO IPS panel, which have significantly lower power draw than other IPS panels.

      1. Doesn’t it have the same display as the Dell XPS 13? At least it has the same dimensions and resolution, whatever.

        I don’t know how these super high res 4K displays toll the processor and video card compared to less high res screens but it’s interesting that in the PC world you either get a full HD screen which is less than “retina” resolution or quadruple the pixel count and you get 4K which god knows how much more tolls a notebook’s resources including battery, CPU, and video card.

        For a contrast MacBooks have resolutions somewhat in between the less than retina full HD resolution you can get for PC notebooks and 4K. Probably it doesn’t make that much of a difference for the new, super fast, super long battery life ARM MacBooks but for the old Intel ones it certainly does.

        1. The power draw increase of a 4K screen is negligible on a laptop. In this specific case, I would guess that this 4K panel likely consumes LESS power than a similar size 1080-res non-IGZO panel.

          If we were talking about battery performance while gaming, it would be a fairly big difference, as the GPU would be working significantly harder than it would be in 1080p. But general use isn’t a big deal for the GPU.

          Even video playback would be a negligible difference in battery performance between 1080 and 4K, because new CPUs and GPUs use a fixed function hardware decoder to decode video (which uses incredibly low amounts of power), and it hardly even touches the CPU or GPU performance.

          1. Gabriel Brangers for Chrome Unboxed writes:

            https://chromeunboxed.com/get-up-to-359-off-of-the-massive-4k-lenovo-yoga-chromebook/

            When we reviewed the UHD version of the Yoga Chromebook, we found it a bit difficult to recommend over its lesser, 1080P sibling simply because the $200 price bump wasn’t worth the loss of battery life.

            They’ve experienced similarly worse battery life for the 4k Pixelbook Go vs. the non 4k one and in general bad battery life for the 4k Samsung Galaxy Chromebook (which doesn’t have a non 4k version). The Chrome Unboxed guys test so many Chromebooks and in general their enperience is significantly worse battery life for the 4k models. I don’t know.

    2. I suppose they could have used Optimize Offline to remove bloatware from the Microsoft installer .iso, then create their own .iso that they actually used for installation. I’ve done it, but some stuff, like Edge, came back after updates.
      I don’t think Microsoft would be all that happy about that, but if they bought generic installation licenses and not bulk OEM licenses there’s a chance they couldn’t legally do much maybe.

      1. Thanks for the tip. Now with a quick search I’ve found scripts you can de-bloat Windows yourself with if you care about your Windows.

  5. You are advertising the next product when they haven’t even delivered all of the first Vs to customers! There are many people STILL WAITING for REFUNDS.

    There are people still waiting for Spectrum preorder refunds, too!

    Come on. Get with it and stop advertising stuff from these scammers

    1. a) I’m not advertising anything. I’m writing about a product announcement on a news website.
      b) I specifically called out the company’s troubled track record in the article.