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.
$480 (sometimes less) – Lenovo IdeaPad 2 in 1-14 81CW – 14″ HD Touch – Pentium 4415U – 4GB – 500GB HDD – Black. Yeah 4GB vs 8GB and lower screen res., but that shouldn’t be a deal killer for most. Plus it comes with Win 10 and you’re not talking about a hit-and-miss Chinese brand with Lenovo (Voyo = Schmoyo).
Is the RAM upgradeable in the Lenovo? Because if not, that would be a deal killer.
Kickstands are lame!
don’t forget the upgraded version of this with the i7-7500U 16gb ram and 512gb ssd. Blowing Chuwi and teclast out of the water . these are getting my money. Only think that annoys me is there is no mention of the keyboard to buy anywhere at all.
Right on!! Take that Chuwi, suckaz.
Looking at thost specs, I’m pretty interested, but I’d rather have them in a laptop or a convertible. That would be ideal to replace my current Acer V3, especially if the hardware is decently supported under Linux.
Does anyone realize that you can buy an Acer Switch 3 today for $430? The Switch 3 is another 12″ Surface clone that has a Pentium N4200 CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. While the specs are a little lower than this Yoyo, you can buy the Acer today and the keyboard is included for $50 less.
Pentium N4200 is an Apollo Lake Pentium, based on the Atom architecture. This one is a 7th gen Pentium Core chip which would be akin to the 8th gen Pentium Gold chips. This Pentium is about 40-50% more powerful. Also this has an m.2 ssd where the acer switch most likely has emmc. The Voyo specs are far superior.
The 4415U has intel hd610 which is a better integrated graphics card than the hd505 in n4200
This is a killer deal! The Pentium 4415U is right between the last-gen Core M3-6Y30 and current-gen Core M3-7Y30 in performance. Unlike many previous Pentiums, this Pentium is Core-based, not Atom-based nor Apollo Lake-based nor based off of any of Atom’s last surviving vestiges.
Personally I appreciate, that Voyo does not offer a bundle: I neither need the Pen (I never used it with my Surface) nor a Keyboard as I have a nice Bluetooth keyboard already and very often use such a tablet in portrait mode that unfortunately is not supported by a single device as far as I know.
Um….portrait mode in Surface Book Tablet portion??
Indeed, I use every tablet from 10 inch on mostly in portrait mode (and my phone too of course). They get heavy from 12 inch on but I have strurdy holders.
I’m hoping for a 10.10″ Surface (non pro 2018) running on snapdragon 845. Basically anything with 10″ chassis, no bezel 11″ screen or adjustable bezels. Then no kickstand but have a HP envy style typecover with builtin kickstand but improve upon that design.
Meanwhile a keyboard for the i5 and the i7 is announced:
Damn…now this is nice. Pentium Gold is more than enough power for this form factor and that Aluminum Magnesium Alloy for a sub $500 tablet is Wow.
Which is exactly why high priced WoA tablets or laptops won’t be able to succeed when you can get comparable performance and more features for half the price. And then at the same price point as current WoA devices, you get higher end devices like the Surface Pro that blows WoA out of the water in performance.
Yea but the HP envy is a premium device meant only to cater to rich traveling businessmen and enterprise mobile workforce. HP knows what they can sell to Enterprise and what their needs are. Come talk to me when snapdragon 855 devices roll out.
Because the HP Envy X3 was so successful in the enterprise… Just because HP has business partners and knows about enterprise needs as well as how much money enterprises have, doesn’t mean they’ll just throw away their money on bad decisions. HP already has a whole line of business tested and trusted Elitebooks for the travelling businessman and mobile workforce. At my workplace and in many others I’ve seen, Lenovo is a more common mobile choice among enterprises. My Thinkpad not only has the latest Kaby Lake i7 in it, but it’s very thin, has Thunderbolt 3 support, and the battery lasts about 10 hours on non stop usage as long as I’m not running high performance compute tasks constantly.
I don’t know how much my thinkpad cost, but it was probably around the same as that WoA device. Which again, why would anyone want to spend the same amount of money for 50% less performance, 75% less features, and only 20% better battery life?
Also, by the time the Snapdragon 855 comes out, Intel will be on their Ice lake architecture and it’ll also be the 2nd generation of their 10 nm die shrink, which I also want to add is a true 10 nm process unlike the one in current Snapdragons which are closer to Intel’s 14 nm process. The performance and power efficiency gains from that will keep Intel ahead of the Snapdragon 855 by that time. And AMD isn’t going stay idle either. There’ll probably be improvements to Ryzen by then as well. My statement will still be the same then. Snapdragons will always perform worse than Intel’s Core i7 and AMD’s Ryzen. Nobody is really surprised by that statement because we’re still talking about a mobile smartphone SoC competing with a full fledged desktop class CPU. And we’ll see if Windows On ARM is even still around in the 2019-2020 timeframe or if it goes the way of Windows RT.
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