Onda launches new variants of 2in1 oBook devices


In the tablet world the 2in1 devices are gaining more and more traction, because the value of  the attachable keyboard can’t be understated. So the more the merrier and chinese tablet makers Onda just launched a pretty extensive addition to their oBook lineup during their latest conference.

First ones on the menu are the oBook 10 Plus and Pro models offering 10.1-inch screens, but with weird split, because the less powerful Plus gets 2560×1600 pixel resolution, while the Pro sits with 1920×1200 pixel one. oBook 10 Plus is sporting the usual Intel Atom X5-8300 processor, but the Pro gets the way better X7-8700, both devices then feature 4 GB RAM, 64 eMMC storage, HDMI, microSD slot, 8.5mm thin body, detachable keyboard dock with metal hinges, 730g weight or 1450g with the dock attached. The Plus model also gets a dualboot Windows 10 / Android 5.1, while the Pro stays just with the Windows.

Moving on to bigger ones with oBook 11 Plus and Pro and here it starts to get interesting. Once again detachable metal hinges keyboard dock and the same 11.6-inch display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution used for both models. But then comes the kicker for the Pro model which gets the Intel Core M3-6Y30 from the Skylake platform, 4 GB RAM and USB 3.0 port but for some crazy reason the listing shows only 64 eMMC storage used instead of more logical SSD disk. Still hope thats a listing error, because that would be a dealbreaker for a Core M3 model. The Plus goes again the safe route with Atom X5-8300 and 4 GB RAM and there the 64 eMMC storage make sense. Both tablets supplied with Windows 10 and should offer some stylus support though not exact info about that yet.

The top of the lineup is reserved for single variant in the form of oBook 12, powerful Intel Atom X7-8700 backed by 4 GB RAM, 64 eMMC storage, USB 3.0, HDMI, 12.2-inch IPS panel with 1920×1200 pixel resolution, magnalium alloy body and 1490g of weight with non-detachable 360° rotatable keyboard making it a full laptop device with Windows 10 pre-installed. Submit notice at some reseller sites pute the oBook 12 at roughly 370$, which isn’t bad, but in my eyes still a tad too high for non-Core-M device.

Slighty off the center of attention were also introduced the budget oBook 10 SE featuring older BayTrail processor and Remix OS and Onda v891w CH as a CherryTrail tablet and not the 2in1 device. For these models the information is pretty scarce so we will try to add more later on.

In general the new lineup of Onda models looks pretty promising and appealing, taking heavy inspiration in the Microsoft Surface Book is not a bad thing after all. But with almost every Onda product especially in the early release stages is a big warning sign of the not-so-good quality control reputation. So i would suggest waiting a while for first reviews before pulling the trigger on these models, which could potentially turn into a decent choices.

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