When Intel launches a new SoC, all of its partners begin making new devices based on it. The same happened when at the end of 2017, the chip maker uncovered the successor to the previous-gen model, the Gemini Lake. This low-power chip primarily targets towards entry-level devices, low-cost laptops and desktops, and all-in-one PCs as well as IoTs. The Alfawise T1 mini PC has been considered to be the first product in its niche to come with Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 chip. But we have also seen the Chuwi GBox, which should be another model launched earlier. The Jumper EZBook X4 is one of the first laptops coming our way with this new SoC. And now we are going to get acquainted with one of the first 2-in-1 tablet PCs sporting the mentioned chipset. At this moment, the ALLDOCUBE KNote 5 is offered for only $279.99, which is quite affordable if taking into account the goodies coming from the new chip and the rest of key features.
As we said, the selling point of the ALLDOCUBE KNote 5 is the Gemini Lake Celeron N4100. It is manufactured on a 14nm process and is based on the Goldmont Plus microarchitecture. It is also similar to the Apollo Lake, but offer support for HDMI 2.0, VP9, and a speedy Gigabit WiFi. Therefore, the KNote 5 should be even better than its predecessors in terms of connectivity. Shortly, our protagonist supports dual-band WiFi, but there is no HDMI port on it. Instead, it uses a USB Type-C interface for a faster data transfer and charging. The chip is also paired with a 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and 4000mAh battery that provides up to 8 hours of video playback. By the way, there is a TF card slot allowing you to expand the storage up to 128GB.
The hardware configuration is quite satisfactory if taking into consideration we are dealing with the latest system on chip provided by Intel. So what about the second most important feature? The ALLDOCUBE KNote 5 sports a large 11.6-inch, which supports 10-point multi-touch and provides a Full HD resolution. The IPS screens have a number of advantages over TN panels. Among those advantages, we can mention the much better viewing angle, better brightness, and faster response time. Generally, IPS panels are the best solution when it comes to the price-over-features ratio.
At last, the manufacturer decided not to save on the housing material and made it of metal. So when holding the ALLDOCUBE KNote 5, you have a feeling of a premium device. In some sense, this tablet PC can be considered as the cheaper variant of the KNote 8. But because of weaker features, it comes at the half-price.