Second update after the break
This is a very unexpected development that I am very, very wary of.
Teclast has pre-empted CUBE by announcing its own Core M tablets. And it’s done it in an Apple-like way. By offering customized Build-To-Order (BTO) versions.
And when I say customized, I mean it. Even the type of screen glass can be specified!
Looking at all the options, I think people are going to have to do more thinking before ordering than for any other product I’ve ever encountered.
Friday, January 9, 2015 update: According to a Commenter, these aren’t actually configurations people can mix-and-match order. Teclast is running a sort of poll to see which configurations are the most popular to understand which they should build. Google Translate FAILs again … Keep this in mind when reading the rest of the post — I won’t disfigure it with many strikethroughs.
Friday, January 9, 2015 second update: The Commenter was correct. This Weibo Teclast sent out two days ago now makes sense to me:
Here’s a brief overview of all of the choices potential customers have:
CPU, 4 options:
Core M 5Y71 at 1.2-2.9 GHz with integrated 5300 HD graphics at 300-900 MHz
Core M 5Y51 at 1.1-2.6 GHz with integrated 5300 HD graphics 5300 at 300-900 MHz
Core M 5Y10C at 800 MHz-2 GHz with integrated 5300 HD graphics 5300 at 300-800 MHz
Core M 5Y10 at 800 MHz-2 GHz with integrated 5300 HD graphics 5300 at 100-800 MHz
RAM, 2 options:
2GBs LPDDR3 at 1600 MHz
4GBs LPDDR3 at 1600 MHz
Storage, 2 options:
64 GBs SATA 3.0 SSD at a speed of up to 600m per second
128 GBs SATA 3.0 SSD at a speed of up to 600m per second
Screen size, 2 options:
Screen glass, 2 options:
OGS full lamination 9.1 mm thick
G+G 11 mm thick
Wireless, 3 options
3G – WCDMA / GSM
4G – TDD-LEE + FDD-TLE, full support for 5-mode frequency 13, TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, GSM
Battery, 3 options
OS, 3 options
Windows 8.1 Professional
No pre-installed OS (I have no idea how that would work)
People can also choose whether or not to include a camera!
Teclast is also charging for a bundle of things that includes HDMI-out and USB ports. How can people have a tablet without those?
And wait, this gets even weirder. Because how are people supposed to know that everything can fit together? The permutations make me dizzy. Would Teclast really sell someone a tablet with the most powerful Core M CPU lashed to the weakest battery at 6,000 mAh?! That’s just nuts, no matter what the customer can afford.
At any rate, this is a Windows-only tablet. I don’t think we’ll see Core M with Android unless Intel conjures up a version of AOSP that would surprise even the Googleplex. And even then, that would probably introduce an entire new class of app compatibility issues.
It’s at this point I have to state that I’m not going to cover Core M tablets beyond the news of a company introducing them — if even then.
When it comes to a high-end Core M tablet, I’ll personally stick with known global brands if I want to get one. This is new territory for China tablet makers and the possibilities of getting stuck with something defective are even higher than with existing tablets.
It’s going to be interesting to see if these succeed in China and lift the “cottage” makers into a higher level. Given the expenses involved with this higher class of tablet, some of them could go out of business faster than anyone expected.