o what’s cooking this 2017? What will you be expecting this year? For the meantime, Kaby and Apollo Lake Chipsets have made their presence known early, but what about the other features?
Kaby Core M3-7Y30, the successor to the Skylake Core M3-Y630
Expect a host of premium tablets coming out with the new Kaby Core Chipsets. These new Chips turbo boost up to 2.6GHz, compared to 2.2GHz on the Skylake M3. It also comes with a faster Intel HD615 Graphics Chip, an upgrade over the Intel HD515 GPU.
Ultrabooks and Laptops… mmmm… yummy
For this time, I can only recommend either the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 or the Mi Air 13. Both really impressive Laptops and I am using it as my daily driver for months now, and it is till going strong. A big thumbs up for Xiaomi with this.
For the price, I usually go for the Xiaomi Mi Air 12, because normally I don’t need the discreet Nvidia GT940MX GPU as well as Core i5 CPU of the Xiaomi Mi Air 13, I just need enough speed and great battery life. It is also cheaper but still offers great build quality, AKG speakers and perfect keyboard and Touch pad combination.
For 2017, I am excited as what is next for Xiaomi. It is already known that Kaby Core M3 is the new trend, let us just wait, maybe they will update the Mi Air or come up with something even cooler.
Good news though, late 2016, Kaby Lake Chipsets powered Tablets and Ultrabooks have been released. Here are some of them
The Cube Mix Plus is the successor to the popular Cube i7 Book. It continues most of the features that we loved on the Cube i7. It still supports Wacom, and also maintains a smaller 10 inch body. Aside from the faster Chipset, it also comes with more SSD storage at 128 GB. Still has the same Wireless AC support but the USB 3.0 slot is non standard, and thus you will need an adapter for it. The same with the Cube i7 Book.
The Teclast X5 Pro is also the successor to the Teclast X3 Pro. And this time, it has a Surface Pro referenced design or a clone for easy understanding. It is also big at 12 inches but does sadly come with a non-illuminated screen. It also comes with 8 GB of RAM and 240 GB Foresee SSD Storage. However, there is no mention of any kind of Stylus support. It will also have USB 3.0 and Wireless AC3165 support.
Apollo Lake Chipsets, possibly replacing Cherry Trail…
Technically Apollo Lake isn’t an atom, it is more of standard Pentium Chip. And thus the performance benefit would likely be better than Cherry Trail. As of recent, most Apollo Lake Chipsets can be seen on Mini PC’s, and not yet on tablets. It also comes with a new Intel HD Graphics 505.
The first Apollo powered Ultrabooks to be released come from Voyo. The Voyo Vbook V3 offers the new Apollo Lake N4200 Pentium Chipset, it also features the new Intel Graphics 505 GPU. Design wise, it is a rehash of last year’s Yoga Style design (Lenovo referenced).
What else will we be expecting this year? Reboots and more Reboots.
For the budget category, expect tablets to be rebooted, and it will come with the new Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 Chip and Intel HD Graphics 400.
Some of these reboots are already available…
Pipo W1 Pro. Pipo has been quite as of late and barely made a dent on 2016. Now, they released their new Cherry Trail Powered tablet, and this supports a more precise Stylus, 1024 pressure sensitivity. It is powered by the new X5-Z835 Chipset with 4 GB RAM. It is a convertible 2 in Ultrabook and supports USB Type C.
Cube iWork1x. The first budget Tablet from Cube to equipped with the new X5-Z8350 Chipset. It is a 2 in 1 Convertible Ultrabook that supports Dual OS, USB 3.0 and a good 8500mAh battery.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro. Chuwi upgraded this model to come with the new Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 Chipset. It is a 2 in 1 convertible notebook that supports Dual OS (Remix and Win 10). It has a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200p display with support for Handwriting Stylus.
Chuwi Hi10 Plus. Is also an upgrade, and the difference with this is that, it has a 3:2 Aspect screen (similar to the Surface Pro). The screen resolution is 1920 x 1280. Other than that, most of the features are similar to the Hi10 Pro.
Wishlist this 2017… Is your wish the same as mine?
- Wireless AC should be a standard even on budget tablets
- Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 (there is a rumor, but I hope it’s true)
- Better cooling on tablets, no more thermal throttling
- Activated Windows 10 please (on English)
- 128 GB SSD or 256 GB should be a standard for premium tablets
- 8 GB or More for premium tablets and Ultrabooks
- Xiaomi Mi Air with Touch screen capabilities
- Better Audio loudspeakers for most tablets
- 3:2 Aspect Ratio Screen and Fully Laminated
- USB 3.1 should be a gold standard even on budget tablets
- Ultrabooks should follow the keyboard design and Touch pad performance of the Xiaomi Mi Air