Windows 10's newest 2-in-1: Intel-backed, crowd-designed Eve V fleshes out its spec

Finnish hardware startup Eve will now build a fingerprint reader into the power button, but it's put the LTE version on hold.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

The Eve community has designed its dream Window 10 machine, the Eve V.

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The makers of the community-designed Eve V have detailed more specs for its forthcoming Windows 10 2-in-1.

The Finnish company's latest spec sheet for the Eve V promises a 12.3-inch display hybrid tablet-laptop powered by Intel's seventh-generation core processors.

Last month Eve said its Eve V project had received backing from Intel and later this month it will kick off a campaign on Indiegogo, seeking backers to help pay for manufacturing costs.

The device will be configurable with 8GB or 16GB RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage. It will also feature a fingerprint sensor built into the power button that is compatible with Windows Hello biometric authentication. According to Eve, this design decision is to allow the fingerprint reader to function when the tablet is detached.

Eve initially aimed for Intel's sixth-generation CPUs, but following Intel's investment it has upgraded the design to accommodate the latest generation.

These chips include the Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor with a clock speed of up to 2.6GHz, the Core i5-7Y54 with a speed of up to 3.2GHz, and the Core i7-7Y75 offering up to 3.6GHz.

Other sensors that Eve plans to add to the convertible include a Hall proximity sensor, gravity sensor, light sensor, and gyroscope. While it also intends to add GPS, it's concerned the aluminum body will impact GPS functionality.

"Since Eve V has aluminum unibody enclosure, we can't say yet for sure will the GPS work properly in the Wi-Fi model. What we can promise is that in the LTE model it would work. We just don't know when the LTE model would be available," the firm writes.

While it is postponing the LTE version, Eve says some telcos have shown interest in that model.

Eve is still hashing out the exact design for the LTE model, again due to the metal frame's impact on antennas.

"We need to create a new aluminum enclosure to introduce the LTE model. It has to house an additional plastic area for the LTE antennae to pick up the signal efficiently. Naturally, the casing would also have to feature the extra slot for the sim card," it explains.

Only a small batch of 500 Eve V laptops will be available during the fund-raiser, which kicks off on November 21.

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