There will come a time when, thanks to the pace of technology we will not be able to find words to properly categorize a product. The Wave oBook 10 is proof of this, a tablet with a full keyboard, reminiscent of those Asus Transformer that dazzled us so much some time ago.
Chinese companies have been stepping up their technology game in the last decade, and this tablet here, is a proof of that. A product that combines power, performance, mobility and an affordable price ; the very key aspects for seeking consumers. 2016 kicks off with major product releases such as the most recent wave oBook 10.
oBook Wave 10 : The Build
The laptop-tablet hybrid offers a 10.1-inch screen size that we saw in the Chuwi Hi10 . The IPS panel is LED, which ensures optimal viewing of images by using a wider angle of view of 178 °; as much as we’d love to see a Full-HD 1080P monitor, this is an affordable tablet, so we have to settle with a 1280 x 800 display which still supports regular HD content.
The processing core of the oBook Wave 10 is the Intel Z8300 SoC which we’ve seen good performance in several models of various other tablets as mentioned above. Thanks to its 8th Gen Intel HD graphics processor, the tablet can handle some light gaming like Minecraft, but nothing to serious. Although the chipset does support 4K video playback, the display is not 4K, which is definitely a let down.
The Intel Processor has a good management of resources and tasks with the in-built 4 GB of RAM which is DDR3L, almost indispensable if we want to work in an environment like Windows without any problem in performance. Its storage is limited to 64 GB, which is definitely more than the traditional 32 Gb we’ve accoustomed to see in other tablets of this category. If the 64-GB is insufficient, we can extend another 128 GB via an SD card.
With these features, Windows 10 desktop environment flyies through andcan run multiple programs without any lag or stuttering, even with the quad core 1.44 GHz processor. It offers the same options as if it were a traditional laptop, because it has a high connectivity options which are built-in into the Intel Chip. If we setup a syncronized desktop environment with another Windows 10 device, we can take the tablet and work with any document on this tablet. Those looking for a dual boot with Android, will have to opt for other options such as Teclast X16.
While Windows 10 is well optimized for tablets using a virtual keyboard, you can also purchase the tablet with a keyboard which has a trackpad which follows the same design as the tablet. This keyboard is connected through the docking connection which is inbuilt into the tablet , to avoid the use of batteries or Bluetooth. The keyboard is a complement to the Wave oBook 10 so it must be a must have accessory and overall weight being very light, it doesn’t add up much weight to the system either.
The Wave has no shortage of basic wireless connectivity like Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a / ??b / g / n, 3G WiDi wireless display and for data usage. As for the physical connections and ports, we have a USB 3.0 port, microUSB 2.0 which has support for USB-OTG for file transfer from an external device through a cable that comes bundled with the tablet, microHDMI and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Design of the Wave 10
One has to be very careful with photographic representation of a devide, since often ends up not looking like the actual product. The Wave 10 has an image that deceives at first glance, as if it were a reallyt expensive product. It presents a careful design in champagne color, which gives it a distinguished look, though perhaps might not be to everyone’s taste, for now is the only color available.
When we move pas the limited color options . We begin to discover the weaknesses of the tablet the rear doesnot seem to have any camera module ; so that means, that the tablet might not have a rear camera, but who runs around and takes pictures or video using their tablet anyways? The front is fully glazed with Windows logo printed on the glass and has a few 2-megapixel camera (Which is mostly used to video calls, so, should be fine).
The tablet is 8mm thick and we have all the connections and buttons on the edges of the device. It has stereo audio and docking port to connect the keyboard that came with the tablet. The other measurments are more, 250 mm wide and 164 mm high.
Tech-Specs of the oBook Wave 10
- Display: 10.1-inch IPS with resolution 1280 x 800 pixels.
- Processor: Intel Z8300 Cherry Trail 1.44 GHz (1.88 GHz turbo), Quad Core.
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics Gen8.
- RAM: 4 GB DDR3L.
- Internal memory: 64 GB, 128 GB expandable other extras for external memory card.
- Front Camera: 2 MP.
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi, 3G (data).
- Connections: 1 x Micro USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5 mm jack, 1 x HDMI Micro.
- Operating system: Windows 10.
- Battery: 6,000 mAh.
- Supported image formats: BMP, PNG, JPEG.
- Supported audio formats: WMA, AAC, MP3.
- Supported video formats: 3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV.
- Other supported formats: PPT, Word, Excel, TXT, PDF.
- Dimensions: 250 x 164 x 8 mm.
- Weight: 575 grams.
Comparison between Cube iWork 11, and oBook Wave 10
Making a comparison between the wave oBook 10 and the Cube iWork 11 shows that we have more similarities than differences. Earlier we talked about the characteristics of the SoC of 10 oBook tablet, the Cube iWork 11 has the same characteristics: same SoC (z8300), same RAM and ROM. A very basis from which iWork 11 difference with their contributions.
To start a FullHD screen of 10.6 inches, surpassing the resolution and size of the wave. Add a rear 5 megapixel camera, a battery of 8600 mAh vs. 6000 mAh. As with the Wave oBook 10 we can purchase a keyboard and a stylus with 1,024 levels of pressure as an option.
Availability and Pricing
Although we have many places to buy oBook 10 Wave, in this case GearBest has the lowest prices . Closely, followed by GeekBuying . Both of which are recommended by us.