Instead we saw demos of validation for key Windows 8 aspects and criteria on latest Intel tablets and prototype ARM systems. One of the other interesting of such is the Kupa X11, a 10.1″ Oak Trail (Intel Atom Z670) tablet that is just now gone on be purchased for €599 among Windows 7 Professional – despite it is Windows 8-ready.At a hair beneath 15mm thick it is not ARM slim still given this the base has a slimming bevelled outside edge at the front. There’s as well no far to put in the pen in – a complaint we hold around all the latest slate PCs – but the pen performs experience a clip to stay it attached to a pocket.
Nevertheless, the Kupa X11 is a lightweight tablet investing in 128GB SSD, a extensive set of ports (including USB 2, HDMI, a SIM slot and a fingerprint reader, additonally 3 megapixel front-facing and 5 megapixel rear cameras and stereo speakers). There’s an air vent on the top border and a instead cute quote-shaped vent on the coming back but we did not feel severe heat arriving based on what i read in it, so the circumstances is comfortable to hold.
The 940g weight is far balanced in the hand and the glass and aluminium design is relatively stylish, surrounded by the sturdy situation fixings presenting it a bit of a retro look. Those sloping edges lead a nice place for the fingerprint reader and a couple of handy buttons. Equally importantly, Kupa shows us it is attaining ten hours of battery livlihood out of the 1.5GHz Z670 and Intel GMA 600 GPU surrounded by a 52Wh battery. The Kupa X11 score is clear, bright and colourful. It’s furthermore a Windows 8-ready Metro-friendly 1366 by 768 resolution and Kupa confirmed the Windows 8 Developer Preview on the X11.
The combination pen and touch display is really impressive; it is quickly and responsive and we never had any glitches between pen and finger. Writing ink onscreen through the pressure-sensitive pen was softer and fluid and resting a hand on score never designed random scribbles additonally making use of the pen; switch to a finger and the touch display responds instantly.
We’ve observed significantly fewer responsive behaviour on greater amount of Oak Trail-based tablet PCs running Windows 7, that hold moreover been thicker and chunkier. We got additionally able to particular the smallest of icons on score surrounded by a finger desire the arrow to open the notification centre for the taskbar, so you are not dealing with to appeal the pen out all the time. Product manager Mark Peng wouldn’t inform us whose technology Kupa X11 is paying for for the screen, but he verified which it is not Wacom (whose pen and touch screens are smart but pricey) or N-trig.
Although Microsoft is rendering a greater number of sense of the Metro interface for mouse and keyboard users, responsive touch screens are nonetheless what Metro runs right on and it is encouraging to see how vastly Windows 8 does on an Atom technique as if this, provided the responsive pen and finger touch. And amid the Atom processor, you’re purchasing the desktop and complete program compatibility. It’s too the beginning of for the ‘free’ upgrade permits the present Microsoft regularly has for persons who’ve bought a PC running a earliest version of Windows just now before a new release comes out, and too the first part of for Kupa to be able to substantiate how they will bidder for Windows 8 upgraders.
But centered on the performance we saw provided the Kupa X11, if you like a Windows 7 tablet who Windows 8 serves to run immensely on the present will not break the bank currently is ready to a the best choice. This is how we hoped for out of the Atom tablets announced at CES 2011, and that cycle around, Kupa X11 is in fact delivering it.