by | April 3, 2015 | Windows Tablet


While the Cube i7 hybrid tablet enjoyed a lot of positive feedback from the buyers, its $581 retail price was prohibitive. Trying to make Core-M tablets affordable to all buyers, Cube recently released a budget version of the i7, and named it the i7-CM.

Priced at only $399, the Cube i7-CM is arguably the cheapest Core-M powered tablet to date.



Although the internal storage has been cut down to 64GB, the i7-CM still features an SSD SATA3 drive, much better than the eMMc storage used in PIPO’s RMB2699 ($435) Core-M tablet. Unlike the original Cube i7, which supports both TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE 4G networks, the i7-CM only supports 3G network (WCDMA/GSM).  What we really want to address here is that the i7-CM doesn’t come with a licensed Windows 8.1 OS like the original i7 does, instead it runs Ubuntu OS or a trail version of Windows 8.1 on top.

Except for the internal storage and cellular network support, everything else about the i7-CM is identical to that of the original i7, which means you still get a sturdy and premium metal chassis, a beefy 14nm Intel Core-M 5Y10c dual-core CPU, an embedded Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU, 4GB DDR3L RAM, a stunning 11.6-inch IPS display at the resolution of 1920*1080, a two-cell 7.4V 5000mAh battery and dual cameras.




The i7-CM offers equally as many connectivity options as the original i7, you get a Micro USB 3.0 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a Micro HDMI port, a Micro SD card slot and a Micro SIM card slot.




The i7-CM is priced at $399 and can be purchased from Cube’s official website (English):


Cube i7-CM Main Specs:

• OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing (64-bit, trail version) / Ubuntu
• Screen: 11.6-inch IPS, 10-point multi-touch, IGZO
• Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• CPU: Intel Broadwell Core-M 5Y10c
• CPU Frequency: 0.8GHz (Base clock) – 2.0GHZ (Turbo clock)
• GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5300
• RAM / Storage: 4GB DDR3L / 64GB SSD
• Function: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, USB Host, HDMI
• WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
• GSM: 900/1800MHZ
• WCDMA: 900/2100MHZ
• Camera: 5MP back camera, 2MP front camera
• Battery: 7.4V – 5,000mAh, two cell
• Ports: Micro SD Card Slot, Micro USB 3.0 Port, Micro SIM Card Slot, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, DC Charging Port
• Size: 297*180*9.1mm, Weight: 840g


25 Responses to “Cube i7-CM released – a Core-M tablet which costs only $399”

  1. HendricksonNZ

    5000mah battery and the mircousb 3.0 port is a real let down.. Better off to spend $100 mroe and get the new surface 3.

    • scottinnh

      For me, I’d rather have this one because it can support a 4K monitor, and the new surface 3 cannot. Whereas, I can buy a microusb to full cable.

      • HendricksonNZ

        It doesn’t support 4k the Surface 3? I thought it did at 30hz only. Since this price drop on the Cube i7 I have looked at it and I guess I can get over the microusb 3.0 port. I didn’t know the 5000mah battery was good for 9 hours. I wonder what the Teclast X1 Pro 4G can do then with a 11000mah battery and the same 5y10 core m. And also now I’ve learn the Surface 3 has only eMMC storage, not SSD. We should be able to open up the i7 and upgrade to a 256gb m.2 or mSata drive :)

  2. JP White

    This system has the new Intel Core-m CPU.

    The machine uses i7 in its name, but its not an i7 processor right? How does it compare to the i series processors?

      • JP White

        Thanks for the link.

        Looks like it is almost as a good as an i5 processor. Pretty impressive give the cost of the tablet and its fanless to boot.

        • Tom Cn

          Im waiting for miniPCs running this new Core-M, which should be a great performance boost over my existing Z3735F box.

          • bippamon

            Personally I would wait on the x5 or x7 chips from Intel atom (z8700). It’s newer and should match the core-m chips on GPU and be a lot cheaper as Intel are continuing to push everyone to x86. (American Global Control)
            The current core-m cpu was really a proof of concept and not a fully finished product. There working on the Skylake core-m which looks very promising for delivering CPU and GPU performance, but it will most likely come out summer next year as Intel like to sell as much stock before a new product is released into the market!
            It’s a shame AMD haven’t entered the table market with there APU. However they have pulled back and re-organised to design and build a new architecture which will put a lot of pressure on Intel.

  3. Jamie Brahm

    Does this come with the keyboard? And also where do we actually get it? Doesn’t appear to be on the cube site.



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