Business, Enterprise, Hardware

Kupa Windows 7 and Windows 8 Tablets are for Business People


Last week CES was full of tablets, from big companies like Panasonic and independents like Kupa of Santa Monica, California. We stopped by the Kupa booth to talk with Mark Peng, Deputy General Manager.

Kupa Windows-based tablets
Kupa Windows 7 tablet on desk at CES 2012.

The first item that caught our attention about the Kupa X11 was their claim of 10 hours battery life for normal daily usage and 30 days standby battery life with a single charge. The 10.1-inch tablet runs Windows 7 Professional (and was exhibited at CES with the Windows 8 developer preview as seen on picture below). X11 has a dual pen and touch input system and we checked out features such the fingerprint scanner, both front and back camera. 

Kupa X11 tablet running Windows 8 Development Preview

According to Kupa product development team, they built X11 with mobile professionals in mind and they tout X11 as a portable tablet computer with full laptop performance and functionality. Priced at $699 with a 64GB solid-state drive and Wi-Fi; $799 with Wi-Fi and 3G; or $969 with a 128GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and 3G, the Kupa has a 1,366-by-768-pixel screen that works with both multi-point capacitive touch and the supplied pressure-sensitive pen-stylus.

Pen for Kupa X11Peng said the X11?s processor is Intel’s single-core, dual-threaded 1.5GHz Atom Z670, teamed with 2GB of DDR2-800 memory. After briefly using the X11 in their booth, we decided Windows 7 Professional could use more memory and a faster CPU. However, the Atom CPU chipset is limited because Intel wants to sell the more expensive i3-2310M with 4GB to a maximum of 16GB.

However, according to people we have talked with – Intel?s i-series uses too much battery power to be efficient in a tablet form factor.

The X11?s front camera has 2 MP (megapixel) resolution and the rear facing one has 3MP resolution. There is a built-in fingerprint reader which provides security.

The Pen + Touch Input System with pen is sensitive to different levels of pressure (as seen pictured on the right).

Peng says the X11 offers 64GB and 128GB SSD versions, with 128GB SSD being the largest storage option of any tablet computer. There is the standard Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, USB and mini HDMI which offers full connectivity, wireless or wired.

Ports on Kupa X11 Windows tablet

Ports on Kupa X11 Windows tablet: multi-card reader, HDMI, speaker and mic in, USB connectors and power

There is a 3.5mm audio jack and a SIM card slot to handle all your connectivity needs. They use dual-antenna design for Wi-Fi and 3G for maximum signal strength. The tablet measures 7.3 by 10.7 by 0.6 inches and weighs 2.1 pounds.

First impression from two of our editors when they picked up the X11 in their booth was "gee this is heavy". Mark Peng agreed that it was heavier than the lightest units shipping today. He said that was because of the 10 hour battery. There will always be the tradeoffs of increased weight, if you need increased longevity.

We asked Mark Peng what was next in their product mix. He did discuss some ideas, but, asked us to wait until they have fully-functional prototypes. We will be testing the Kupa X11?s performance and battery life in the next few weeks.