Although not yet know how they will be made the next Surface, Chuwi SurBook could come very close: the name comes from a portmanteau of the Surface Book, but the design and especially the concept reminiscent of a Surface Pro 4. We find it an aluminum frame of premium invoice, a kickstand magnesium alloy on the back to tilt the display of multiple angles in notebook mode, a keyboard-cover backlit that hooks through the pogo pin and even the active pen HiPen H3 that will allow you to write and draw freehand on the screen. The technical specifications, however, are much more up to date.
Chuwi SurBook integrates a processor Intel Celeron quad-core N3450 (Apollo Lake) with 6GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 128GB of eMMC 5.0 storage, expandable with a microSD card slot up to additional 128GB. The IPS screen has a diagonal of 12.3 inches (2836 x 1824 pixels) in 3: 2 format, essentially in the same integrated LapBook 12.3, which allows you to compress the spaces handler making the tablet in spite of the large display (measuring 297.78 x 203.29 x 9.4 mm). On board, there is also a 5 megapixel main camera and a 2 megapixel front, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 both full-size, a Type-C USB and a mini HDMI, audio jack 3.5 mm, microphone and all the most common sensor (G-sensor, brightness and compass).
There are also stereo 2W speakers to enjoy some digital content in leisure hours (music and video), while the battery 37Wh (7.4V) should allow a good range for at least a full working day. Two on-board operating systems: Windows 10 and Ubuntu dual-boot, to give users of open-source systems the ability to purchase a device already voted to productivity with Linux preinstalled.
Chuwi SurBook will be financed by the users, so its fate is in the hands of those who will buy it. The Chinese company has decided to open a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo next month and the funds raised will be used for the production of tablets and for delivery of the first units. At the moment we do not know its selling price, but hopefully, it will be less than 400 Euros.