The Cube iWork 10 Flagship Ultrabook Tablet PC Type-C sounds like a bunch of hyped-up pseudo-brands and marketing tags wrapped together.
The second Chinese budget computing device we’re looking at, it’s basically 2-in-1 convertible tablet with an optional removable keyboard (a design we approve of) and stylus. It’s using the rather recent Atom x5-Z8300 quad-core SoC, based on a 14nm process, which promises some nice improvements over Atom CPU’s of olden days. The performance you should expect from this chip is around that of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801.
The rest of the specs are decent: 4GB of memory is plenty for a tablet, and the 64GB storage offers plenty of headroom for modern use requirements, and should enable this tablet to multitasking decently and hold a bunch of content.
We’re not too enthusiastic about the storage being eMMC though – it’s likely to not last very long. We’d have liked to see some higher quality flash media, such as MLC Nand. The eMMC storage is basically like a kind of internal SD card, and likely as slow as one (though better than hard-drives).
We wouldn’t install/uninstall apps as we would on a traditional PC, rather we’d install everything we think we’d need, and then just update occasionally.
The 10.1″ 1920×1200 IPS screen has a form factor I like (long live 16:10), it offers HDMI output through a micro HDMI slot, some probably crappy front-and-back cams, a 7500mAh battery (which might actually last a decent amount of time), Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a gravity sensor.
Apparently, the tablet also features a USB Type-C port, which would be downright impressive, allowing for a bunch of connectivity options.The weight is supposedly under 600g, which is great for a 10″ tablet (such as the iPad 3 which is over 660g).
What we worry about is the price and availability of the accessories.
The device supposedly features an optional stylus, which – if it works semi-decently – would be a great addition to a sub-190$ tablet PC. We’re a bit disappointed about the keyboard being optional too – would have been great to have it standard.
In the end though, it does sound like a great budget PC to get started with for 185$. Check it out on Gearbest.