Posted on 23 March 2015
I was working at CeBIT with Mobilegeeks on their Techlounge product last week. If you haven’t heard of them it’s because they’re big in German but not so big in English. I’ll explain more in another post but it meant that my focus was on creating videos (with the talented German, Rob Vegas) that would fill-in between the live sessions. In all we created around 25 videos in German and English and it was interesting to take a look at stuff I don’t normally look at. Curved monitors, for example. More interesting for me though were five Core M-based products that tell me one thing – Core M will move into the low-cost market.
Core M is built for low-cost. Its small die means, when yields are good enough, it’s cheap to produce but initial products, as always, tend to be a little more costly. Did you take a look at that Macbook yet? More mainstream are the Acer Switch 12 (reviewed here) and the UX305 which, at $699-$799 represent good value 2014-era Ultrabook performance without fans. But prices will drop further…
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Posted on 03 February 2015
The 8.9-inch category looks like it’s going to be popular in 2015. Both ASUS and Toshiba have announced interesting products and in Germany we see that Odys are now offering a really interesting sub-500 gram option for a great price. The Odys Wintab 9 Plus 3G includes an HDMI port, separate USB and charging port, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of SSD and there’s a 3G modem thrown into the mix. A free year of Office 365 rounds-out what could be a great ultra-mobile PC package.
Odys have a number of Windows tablets in the market in Germany and the new 9 Plus continues their trend of low-cost solutions. By adding the 3G it makes it more interesting for ultra-mobile fans and because this is a 9-inch tablet it has enough space around the frame for an HDMI port, a micro_USB port (OTG and charging capable) and a full-size USB port. The official specifications don’t mention the full-size USB port but it’s clear to see on the images.
In an unboxing video by InstantMobile (German) you’ll also see the full USB port and an included USB OTB cable which is always good to have shipped with an OTG-capable device. First impressions includes comments on the brightness (acceptable) and the aluminium rear cover. The HDMI port is a mini (not micro) port. Charging time is said to be around 6 hours which certainly isn’t quick for a 24Wh battery. There’s no GPS module inside. InstantMobile have also made a video focusing on gaming, Royal Revolt included.
The ASUS T90 Chi is a slightly smaller and much lighter solution in the 8.9-inch tablet space and it comes with a matching keyboard but at a street price of €199, with 3G, the Odys Wintab 9 Plus is a unique and well-specified ultra-mobile. We’ll keep an eye out for this model in other countries and if you spot it, possibly under another brand, please let us know. In the meantime we’ve put a request out to Odys for a review sample. Full specifications and more are available in our database.
Update: The Pipo W6 3G looks very similar although there’s no full-size USB port and the port layout is slightly different.