May 31, 2017 04:45 AM EDT
Consumers might like the look of Surface Pro; however, some elements such as lack of USB Type-C ports and the minimal design changes in the latest model could be a turn-off. Fortunately, there's Eve V, a clone of Microsoft's 2-in-1 that's now on show at Computex 2017.
According to The Verge, announced on Indiegogo, November of last year, many of the Eve V's features and components were determined using crowd development. This unique system involved more than 1000 hardware enthusiasts around the world collaborating on the project, voting on what specs they wanted to have.
Microsoft should take note that the Eve V was equipped with two USB Type-C ports, one with Thunderbolt 3 and the other USB 3.1 Gen 1. There's also two USB-A ports, a MicroSDXC reader, and a 3.5mm audio input with a dedicated amplifier.
Microsoft turns out to be happy with this 12.3-inch Surface Pro clone. The company is showing the Eve V off at its booth and keynote in Taipei. Eve V also caught the attention of Intel, which has invested a six-figure amount in this project, as noted by Slash Gear.
Similar to the Surface Pro, the Eve V has a 3:2, 2736 x 1824 screen. Eve V also features a stylus that comes from the same supplier who provided the pen for the Surface 2, 3, and 4. However, unlike Microsoft's machines, the Eve V's wears a price tag that starts at $799 which includes the pen and keyboard.
As for Eve V's additional specs, the device was equipped with an Intel Core i5 or i7 Y-series CPU, 128/256/512 GB storage, 8GB or 16GB LPDD3 RAM, and a 48Wh battery. For its physical specs, Eve V was made with fingerprint sensors, anti-reflective screen coating, and Gorilla glass. The device has also connectivity options that include Bluetooth 4.2 and 2x2 MU-MIMO; an LTE version was said to be launch in the future update.
The Eve V is being produced in limited quantities at first, with the first batches shipping to Indiegogo backers in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates.
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