by | April 30, 2016 | Reviews

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The good

  • 12.2-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10 greatly enhances experiences
  • Redesigned keyboard cover makes the i9 even more portable than its smaller predecessors
  • Cube i9 is reasonably priced, much more affordable than the Microsoft Surface Pro4

The bad

  • Battery life is only slightly better than the Cube i7, but still mediocre among high-end Windows tablets
  • Compared to last year’s i7, the i9 doesn’t offer a lot of improvement in overall performance
  • Cube i9 doesn’t support Wacom pen like the i7 Stylus does
  • Rear side of the tablet offers little resistance to scratches

The bottom line

The Cube i9 squares up to the Surface Pro with great versatility, and a stunning screen, and it’s just as good value when bought with its best peripherals. The Surface Pro 4 might look more premium and offer more options, but the i9 has enough power to get the job done – if you need a tablet for work, you won’t be disappointed with this.
Tablets for work are almost as popular as tablets for play, so it’s no surprise to see Cube at the forefront of this growing market. Last year, Cube enjoyed an enormous amount of success with the Cube i7 Series tablets, all of which were powered by the Intel Core M 5Y10c processors and could even rival the Surface Pro 3 in terms of performance and productivity. With prices even lower than the basic model of the Cherry Trail powered Surface 3 (2GB, 64GB), the Cube i7, Cube i7 Stylus and Cube i7 CM became very popular among younger consumers in China.

Striving to keep its dominance over fellow Chinese brands such as Teclast and Onda, Cube released a new flagship corporate machine – the Cube i9, and even held a grand launch event in Beijing earlier this year to promote it. The Cube i9 comes with a Skylake Core M 5-6Y30 dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, dual-band 802.11n wireless and a stunning 12.2-inch IPS display at the resolution of 1920*1200. With specs which could even rival the Surface Pro 4, the Cube i9 is only priced at RMB2,999 ($463) in the domestic market, prices in other part of the world may vary as a result of taxation and exchange rate.

 

 

Cube i9 main specs:

• OS: Windows 10 Home Edition (64-bit)
• Screen: 12.2-inch IPS, 10-point multi-touch, IGZO
• Display Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (16:10)
• CPU: Intel Skylake Core M3-6Y30
• CPU Frequency: 0.9GHz (Base clock) – 2.2GHZ (Turbo clock)
• GPU: Intel HD 515
• RAM / Storage: 4GB DDR3L / 128GB SSD
• Connection: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
• Camera: 5MP back camera, 2MP front camera
• Battery: 8.7V – 5,000mAh
• Ports: Micro SD Card Slot, USB 3.0 Port, USB Type C Port, 3.5mm Headset Jack, DC Charging Port
• Size: 302.9*194.9*10.5mm, Weight: 978g

 

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by | April 19, 2016 | Android TV Box

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Gearbest is holing a Flash Sale for Beelink’s latest Android TV box, the Beelink MiniMXIII for only $43.29 including shipping. The device is powered by Amlogic S905, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage.

The MiniMXIII runs Android 5.1 with Google Play Store and Kodi preinstalled. The device supports hardware H.264/H.265 HEVC decoding and has the new HDMI 2.0 port with output up to 4K 60fps. For networking, it supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Gigabit Ethernet.

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by | March 4, 2016 | Android TV Box

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Zidoo is introducing another low cost 4K Android TV box to their lineup.

The Zidoo X1 II is powered by Rockchip RK3229 with HDMI 2.0 interface which allows 4K resolutions with up to 60fps and hardware decoding of H.264 / H265 codecs with 10-bit color format. It also noted that the device supports HD Audio (7.1CH) passthrough.

Zidoo X1 II integrates onboard 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, WiFI b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. For connectivity it includes, microSD slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports, A/V out, HDMI 2.0 (4K*2K@60fps) and an RJ45 10/100.

The Zidoo X1 II is available for pre-order via Geekbuying for 49USD with free shipping.

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by | January 13, 2016 | Android Tablet, Windows Tablet

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Cube recently released a dual boot firmware for its Cherry-Trail Z8300 powered tablet – the iWork 8 Ultimate. With this new ROM installed, the user can switch between Windows 10 and Android 5.1 with just one tap. This ROM greatly enhances the tablet’s potential with the access to thousands of applications in Google Play.

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