Kupa UltraNote X15 Windows 8 tablet now available starting at $1,099

Kupa UltraNote X15 Windows 8 tablet now available starting at $1,099

Summary: The premium tablet offers a modular design, full 1080p HD screen, and Intel Ivy Bridge processor choices.

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A few months ago, I posted about the Kupa UltraNote, a Windows 8 tablet that promised a modular design that would maximize customization options for users. At the time, we didn't know any pricing or availability information, but now it appears the UltraNote X15 has showed up for pre-order from Dynamism.com, a site known for bringing gadgets unavailable in North America to these shores.

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There are four configurations available for the UltraNote, all of which will ship in March. They start with the $1,099 X15 Elite, which includes an Intel Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, and go up to the X15 Pro at $1,599, which comes with a Core i7-3517U, double the storage, Windows 8 Pro, and 3G connectivity capabilities. There are also $1,199 and $1,299 options, which keep the same Core i5 chip but add more storage and, in the case of the pricier X15 Lux, 3G functionality.

All share the UltraNote's premium features, like a 10.1-inch IPS screen with 1,920x1,080 resolution, active digitizer, and removable battery. The modular design lets you add (via the external side panel) a card reader, scanner, or other accessory, though none appear to be ready at this time. Of course, there's also a keyboard docking station being readied with an extra battery and additional ports.

Would this niche product fit your particular needs? Would you purchase this Windows 8 tablet over one from major PC manufacturers? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

[Via Liliputing]

Topics: Tablets, Windows 8

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  • it won't fit my particular needs

    but it has some nice specs and options. Ultimately, it is a niche product. There is a huge race to the bottom in terms of budget priced alternatives to Win 8 products. It remains to be seen how much that will undercut the market for higher priced Windows offerings.
    krossbow
    • Same here

      However, the weight is very impressive at just over 100g more than the latest 10" ipad. Weight is the key for me, as I found back with my iPad two that it was just a little two heavy and large to be a real hand held device for extended use... My particular needs. For myself nexus 7 and iPad mini are about as large a tablet as I shall be needing; thereafter I'm more your 11" ultra book/mac air kind of user.

      Though of course 10" tablets have been highly successful and as I say the stats to form factor are very impressive. The price and batty life are spot on for ultra-books similarly specked, and that's what we're really looking at with "pro" win 8 tablets; new form factor ultra-books.

      Good to see more choice coming to market.
      MarknWill
    • You realize that this is a full fledged windows 8 pro machine

      running on 3rd gen i5 or i7. If you think this is competing with ARM powered tablets and crossovers, you are totally wrong. This is not competing with bottoms. The specs clearly say that. This is in the same class as an MBA and provides the touch interface and can be used as tablet at the same time. This has much better spec than MBA because this comes with 8GB RAM, 10 point multi-touch with active digitizer for pen support and optional Windows 8 Pro support, that's what puts this above MBA and even Surface Pro I can say.

      Your hatred towards Microsoft related products is just showing.
      Ram U
      • Duh

        Yes, I realize this a a full fledged Windows 8 pro machine, which is why I noted that it has nice specs and options. I am not sure how you conclude I hate MS products. I am not a fan of Win 8, but I use MS products every day in my personal and professional life and am generally satisfied with them.

        This may not compete directly with lower cost tablets, laptops, and hybrids in terms of performance, but consumers and IT departments expectations of what you can buy for a $1000-$1500 is changing. All higher end Computing platforms are competing against those changing expectations
        krossbow
  • Nope

    For personal use anything > $600 is just waste of money for tablets. The sweet spot is
    Fri13
    • ""For personal use anything > $600 is just waste of money for tablets""

      Agree, but this is not just a tablet, you can much more on this device than on iPad/Android based tablets/WindowsRT tablets. This is "TabletPC" and IMHO is worth this money.
      Mr.SV
  • Sooo... This is a Samsung ATIV 700Pro?

    What's the diff between this and the Samsung ATIV SmartPC 700Pro? Same specs, same price. I rather take Samsung over this huge brand-name Kupa.
    hades_2100@...
    • All in one

      There are plenty of differences in this and advantages over all the "tablets" in the general sense of the market.
      Android/Apple tablets are just toys and very limited in functionality if you use computers for your job. If you have one of these you must also own another computer, maybe a notebook. This tablet gives you everything any other tablet gives you - thousands of applications, touch interface and mobility. On top of that it gives you:
      1. Digitizer pen - to take notes or drawings directly. Saves a lot of paper for me and time to scan them in later!
      2. Removable battery - a difference from most other windows tablets another plus on this is that the dock uses the same battery. So you can use the dock battery in the tablet and vice versa - doubling your battery capacity from an already good number.
      3. This is an all in one. If you have this, you do not need another computer, this can be your all in 1 machine and it is highly mobile. This saves a lot of time of maintaining data and not worrying about which computer has my latest files of what work I have done. Not worrying which one of my computer has my latest documents or did I back that computer up or not! This saves a ton of headache and time and makes your data much more clean and manageable.
      Anyway that is how this one fits in my requirements - have been waiting for it for months now!
      Milind Gupta
    • All in one

      There are plenty of differences in this and advantages over all the "tablets" in the general sense of the market.
      Android/Apple tablets are just toys and very limited in functionality if you use computers for your job. If you have one of these you must also own another computer, maybe a notebook. This tablet gives you everything any other tablet gives you - thousands of applications, touch interface and mobility. On top of that it gives you:
      1. Digitizer pen - to take notes or drawings directly. Saves a lot of paper for me and time to scan them in later!
      2. Removable battery - a difference from most other windows tablets another plus on this is that the dock uses the same battery. So you can use the dock battery in the tablet and vice versa - doubling your battery capacity from an already good number.
      3. This is an all in one. If you have this, you do not need another computer, this can be your all in 1 machine and it is highly mobile. This saves a lot of time of maintaining data and not worrying about which computer has my latest files of what work I have done. Not worrying which one of my computer has my latest documents or did I back that computer up or not! This saves a ton of headache and time and makes your data much more clean and manageable.
      Anyway that is how this one fits in my requirements - have been waiting for it for months now!
      Milind Gupta
  • looks good

    Would have prefered this around a month ago. Yes I'd buy it looks like a good laptop/tablet, hopefully it has a microsd slot, may pick one up similar in July
    spitefulgod