Eve Tech launched a crowdfunding campaign in late 2016 for a 12.3 inch 2-in-1 tablet with a Microsoft Surface Pro-like display and a starting price of $699. At the time the company promised the Eve V tablet would begin shipping in February.
That didn’t happen, but now Eve says components are on-hand, mass production is about to begin, and the first units should begin shipping to backers of the Indiegogo campaign in May.
Eve has already been sending a small number of prototypes to members of the Even community for beta testing, which makes sense since the tablet isn’t only crowdfunded, it’s also crowd-developed: Eve asked forum members for input repeatedly before finalizing spec and design choices.
The end result is a Windows tablet with a Surface-like design, including a 12.3 inch, 2736 x 1824 pixel display, a built-in kickstand, and support for pen input (although the pen is sold separately).
But the Eve V has a few features that help set it apart from Microsoft’s tablets. For example, the Eve V is available with Core M3-7Y30, Core i5-7Y54, or Core i7-7Y75 Kaby Lake processor options. It also comes with a wireless keyboard cover that can be used either while attached to the tablet, or when separated by some distance. The keys are also backlit.
The tablet has a Thunderbolt 3 port, two full-sized USB 3.1 ports, a headset jack, and a microSDXC card reader.
Eve plans to produce 50 devices during the first production run in order to check for problems, before doing larger production runs to get to 500 tablets and eventually 2,000.
By May I’d reckon the i7 variant of Asus Transformer 3 Pro could also be marked down to be about equal or thereabouts to this counterpart?
Maybe Eve Tech are cutting it rather close eh?
The i5 Eve V can match the i5 SP4 and massacre the i7 Asus in cinebench 🙂
Do not like this kind of pseudo-like 2-in-1 design. It’s just a tablet marketed as a laptop too. I do like the way Eve is handling production by producing 50 for testing and quality-control issues before mass production. Delays can be frustrating but not nearly as grating as a problematic machine.
The V has more ports than many laptops now sold on the market (2 full-size USB A, and 2 USB-C with Thunderbolt 3). In short, it is probably the most feature-rich tablet on the market with as much expandability as many full-fledged laptops, a rarity. It also has no throttling issues (thanks to an internal heatpipe) unlike most Core M-based tablets and, in internal testing, its fanless i5 actually performs about on par with the fan-based Surface Pro 4 i5, which it aims to compete with. Could you clarify what you mean as to the particular aspect(s) that you find pseudo-like in this? Is it that you don’t like Surface-style tablets in general or is it something else about this specific model?
I might buy such 2-in-1 and never use the keyboard. Either I want a tablet or a desktop keyboard.
What really prevents me from buying this is the glare, mirroring display. Matte would convince me and enable productive outdoor use. During the design phase, matte was not even an option for choice, so I quit discussion immediately, (3:2 instead of 4:3 did not motivate, either.)
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