At the very beginning of the year I took a look at the Kupa Lux X11, a Windows 7 tablet that managed to be one of the first “Windows 8 ready” devices on the market. My early conclusions of the device had me feeling that it wasn’t bad but it was awfully expensive of a device from a brand that wasn’t that popular and largely unproven.
Another concern that I had was that the tablet seemed too much like a typical Android tablet, just with Windows 7 running instead. This November Kupa is at it again with yet another tablet– this time obviously designed to run Windows 8 from day one.
The new Kupa UltraNote will have a variety of different processor choices, depending on the price you are willing to pay. This includes a Core i3, i5 or i7. The new tablet will support 8GB of RAM and will have 64 or 128GB of SSD storage. Other features include a 10-inch screen, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a front-facing 2MP camera, a 5MP rear cam, Bluetooth ¾, 3G, 4G LTE, RFID, NFC and an HDMI port. The device is also able to provide 7 hours on a single charge, or so Kupa claims.
Can Kupa do better this time around with the UltraNote? Maybe. The new tablet certainly has a lot going for it when it comes to technology and standards. With up to an i7 and 8GB of RAM, this thing should be fast. The support for technology like NFC is a major plus as well.
The last Kupa (Windows 7) tablet was a reasonable start, but this truly sounds like it could really make Kupa an attractive option. At the same time, we have several unknown variables to consider. What kind of pricing are we talking about? None of these are ATOM-based, and the Kupa X11 (ATOM) already cost nearly $1000 at the time it was launched. A lot has changed in almost a year, but it is still doubtful that even the Intel Core i3 will cost much less than $800.
Considering devices like the ARM-based Surface (hopefully) and the new iPad are cheaper, this could prove to be a hard sell. Kupa isn’t a well known brand, and that could certainly hold it back. Then again, Kupa could pull out extremely aggressive pricing to bring up their brand recognition – doubtful but not impossible.
No official release date either, just November targeting. What do you think? Would you be willing to give a Kupa tablet a chance or are there just too many “name brand” offerings out there to make this worth the effort? If I were Kupa, I would have went with a cheaper AMD processor to cut costs– a lower price tag might make it more appealing, after all.