In 2017 a company came out of nowhere with a crowd-funded competitor to Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro lineup and for its debut, it contended on several levels. With three years of crowdsourced feedback and a refined manufacturing process, Eve Devices is now ready to take another shot at upending Microsoft's reign over a slice of the high-end detachable market with a follow-up device in 2021.
Over the past few months, Eve Devices has taken to its community boards to source ideas for design, specs, naming conventions, and device focus, and today the company is ready to spill the beans on what the next version of The V will have when released.
According to the Eve Devices team, the final design of the V is a lock that resembles a meshing of the Surface Pro and iPad Pro, with a more rounded and flatter profile than the previous V from 2017. Now having locked down the final design, the Eve team is also putting into place all of the feedback its community has been voting for over the past nine months that includes an 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPU with active cooling, a larger 13.4-inch display with slimmer bezels than the previous V display as well as the coveted 16:10 aspect ratio and Wacom AES 2.0 technology support for 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition for pen input. In addition, the new V will be pushing out 500 nits of brightness with 90% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB on an IGZO IPS TFT CD panel with options of FHD+ and 4K UHD+.
Moving on to port selection, the 2021 V will come with one USB Type-C, two USB Type C with Thunderbolt, a micro-SD card reader while also retaining a 3.5mm audio and mic combo jack.
Connectivity for the V (2021) will include Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 with (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) dual band Wi-Fi support.
The Eve Devices team also notes that one of its major changes with the V (2021) is contained in its audio array and acoustic chambers with the new V will host front-facing speakers with two subwoofers placed in the bottom half of the device.
Lastly, the V (2021), at the moment, is planning to ship with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro software as well as support for Windows Hello fingerprint and IR support in the front-facing camera arrangement and power button respectively.
The Eve Devices team appears to be sorting out some other hardware details such as front and rear camera specs and detachable keyboards, but for the most part, the 2021 V is shaping up to be the spec dream a lot of current Surface Pro owners are longing for from Microsoft.