A new Windows 8 tablet has emerged onto the market just today, and it's looking surprisingly potent in its own right, though price-conscious shoppers will likely want to steer clear. It's the Kupa Ultranote X15 from Dynamism, and this tablet's packing a lot of power under the hood with a price tag to match.
The Kupa Ultranote X15 isn't wanting for power on any front, which is somewhat bizarre for a tablet to be able to claim. But the specs certainly back it up. There are essentially four different versions of the Kupa Ultranote X15, with various options and accompanying prices available depending on the total tech loadout.
The first version starts out with an Intel Core i5 processor, backed up by eight gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage space. A second version steps up that processor to an Intel Core i7 processor and doubles the storage space to 128 gigabytes, as well as upgrading the operating system to Windows 8 Pro and including 3G connectivity. There are two more versions available, improving the storage but keeping the processor down to the Intel Core i5 processor. All the versions, however, seem to have several commonalities, including a 10.1 inch display with 10 point multi-touch controls, showing at a surprising 1920 x 1200 resolution. Additionally, the battery is said to last fully seven hours on one charge, and adding a dock to that puts the battery up to a downright surprising 13 hours. The dock even carries an Ethernet port, VGA port, SD card slot and a USB port, along with an extra battery, explaining how the battery life nearly doubles when it's docked.
It's kind of disconcerting to look at a tablet that's on par with several laptops currently being offered on store shelves, and it's even more disconcerting to realize that the Dynamism Kupa Ultranote X15 is going for a starting price of $1,099, making even Apple hardware look like bargain-basement fodder by comparison. The question, of course, is if anyone would actually shell out the total price of two iPads and a mid-priced steak dinner for one on a single tablet from a brand that isn't exactly top of the recognizability scores.
It's clear, though, that tablets can be shockingly powerful when they want to be, giving pause to anyone considering the tablet-versus-laptop argument in terms of overall system capability. It's enough to make a person wonder if, maybe, this is the ultimate goal: to put laptop power in a tablet form factor. Such a move would certainly open up a lot of possibilities, especially in terms of the way that everyday functions are accomplished. The greater implications of such a release are dizzying, but for now, it will be interesting to see just how well Dynamism's powerhouse tablet can do in the market.
Edited by Rich Steeves