When you're an underdog in the market, you often have to offer twice as much to get noticed. That seems to be the approach for Kupa (which has the X11 Windows 7 tablet available already) with its new UltraNote Windows 8 tablet. It may not have brand recognition, but it has some unique features that will set it up apart from other Windows 8 slates from major players like Lenovo and Acer.
While the UltraNote's components are impressive -- choice of Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, 4GB of RAM (8GB maximum), 64GB or 128GB SSD, 10.1-inch 1,920x1,200 IPS display, pen digitizer -- it's the external parts that are truly noteworthy. In addition to offering a removable battery (something you'll never see in an iPad), the UltraNote can make use of an external side panel that can provide additional functionality (as show in the photo above).
That functionality can include a credit card reader, scanner, handset extension for mobile phone calls, and presumably more. You can also grab the optional docking station that includes a keyboard, a pair of USB ports, VGA output, Ethernet jack, SD card slot, and an additional battery, which the company claims will provide the UltraNote with up to 12 hours of battery life when combined with the tablet's main battery.
While it won't be a top seller at Best Buy, Kupa is at least thinking differently when it comes to an enterprise-friendly Windows 8 tablet. Unfortunately, it hasn't provided any kind of pricing information for the UltraNote when it ships next month, which may ultimately determine just how friendly it really is.