Eve-Tech Launches Pre-Orders For The Hivemind-Designed ‘Eve V’ Hybrid

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Eve V was designed by the masses at a community site where anyone could discuss the product’s components, design, and other specifications. Several aspects of the device, from the decision to include a stylus called the V Pen to whether it should prioritize battery life or portability, were determined based on the community’s feedback. Eve-Tech has now finalized the product’s design, so how does the Eve V compare to other hybrid devices?

The specs list suggests that the top-line Eve V is similar to the Surface Pro 4, Asus Transformer 3 Pro, and Dell XPS 13. They all have the same 512GB SSD for storage, 16GB LPDDR3 for RAM, and roughly 12.3″ display. But the Eve V has a bigger battery than all but the XPS 13; a brighter display with higher contrast; four speakers; and 7th-gen (Kaby Lake) Intel processors instead of the 6th-gen (Skylake) chips in the Surface Pro 4 and Transformer 3 Pro.

But perhaps the Eve V’s biggest advantage is its price. The Surface Pro 4, Transformer 3 Pro, and XPS 13 all cost more than $1,000. The Eve V costs less, although it’s not clear how Eve-Tech drove the price down so much. Perhaps Intel, which is said to have invested “six figures” into the company, is subsidizing its processors. (Eve-Tech is also receiving some form of support from Microsoft.) Most people are unlikely to care, though, as long as they save money.

Eve-Tech made 500 units available for pre-order via Indiegogo. It was available in three configurations: a baseline Core m3 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for $699; a Core i5 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $959; and the pro model with a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 512GB of storage for $1,399. Each option came with the $39 V Pen and $25 Alcantara keyboard. Both the core and pro models are sold out, but the mid-range option is available.

Eve V M3 Eve V i5 Eve V i7
CPU Intel 7th Gen Core m3 Intel 7th Gen Core i5 Intel 7th Gen Core i7
RAM 8GB LPDDR3 8GB LPDDR3 16GB LPDDR3
Storage 128GB SSD 256GB SSD 512GB SSD
Connectivity AC (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
2×2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2
Wireless display Wi-Di
AC (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
2×2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2
Wireless display Wi-Di
AC (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
2×2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2
Wireless display Wi-Di
Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x MicroSDXC reader
1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x MicroSDXC reader
1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x MicroSDXC reader
Display 12.3” IGZO LCD
2736 x 1824 resolution
1:1400 contrast ratio
450 nits brightness
12.3” IGZO LCD
2736 x 1824 resolution
1:1400 contrast ratio
450 nits brightness
12.3” IGZO LCD
2736 x 1824 resolution
1:1400 contrast ratio
450 nits brightness
Touch Panel Gorilla Glass with anti-fingerprint and anti-reflection coating
Metal Mesh technology
Gorilla Glass with anti-fingerprint and anti-reflection coating
Metal Mesh technology
Gorilla Glass with anti-fingerprint and anti-reflection coating
Metal Mesh technology
Battery 48 Wh 48 Wh 48 Wh
Sensors Fingerprint, hall, gravity, light, gyroscope, GPS Fingerprint, hall, gravity, light, gyroscope, GPS Fingerprint, hall, gravity, light, gyroscope, GPS
Audio 4 x 1W speakers
TI dedicated headphone jack audio amplifier
2 noise-cancelling microphones
4 x 1W speakers
TI dedicated headphone jack audio amplifier
2 noise-cancelling microphones
4 x 1W speakers
TI dedicated headphone jack audio amplifier
2 noise-cancelling microphones
Cameras 2MP Front
5MP Back
2MP Front
5MP Back
2MP Front
5MP Back
Stylus N-Trig
Surface compatible
1,024 pressure levels
2 buttons
N-Trig
Surface compatible
1,024 pressure levels
2 buttons
N-Trig
Surface compatible
1,024 pressure levels
2 buttons
Keyboard Pogo-pin and wireless keyboard with latest glass ClickPad by Synaptics
Bluetooth 4.2 up to 3 devices
15 hour continuous typing battery life
Pogo-pin and wireless keyboard with latest glass ClickPad by Synaptics
Bluetooth 4.2 up to 3 devices
15 hour continuous typing battery life
Pogo-pin and wireless keyboard with latest glass ClickPad by Synaptics
Bluetooth 4.2 up to 3 devices
15 hour continuous typing battery life
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