Warm greetings from China!
Time to deliver to you guys once again material that no other company will give you!
Last week majority of our team has came down to China to make the final adjustments to our device such as material finishing, color matching of all the housing elements and all of the other important details. In this trip we had our Helsinki team and guys from Propeller Design Sweden meeting our key suppliers, bonding and making your (and ours ) V the best!
I was extremely worried before the trip that what if our V woud not live up to community expectations. What if we are too small to create a device that outperforms flagships of the industry. What is we fail to create a truly beautiful product. What if the build quality is not top notch.
I really couldn’t sleep couple of nights before the trip as you have all put so much trust in our team and project and the idea of under delivering on any aspect of the V.
Now after spending 1 week in Shenzhen here with guys and using V A LOT I have only one thing to say!
V is UNBEATABLE!
It is simply the amazing on all fronts. I know that I might be sounding a like a jerk praising our (community + eve folks) product. But really. Device blows my mind!
It delivers on each and every aspect starting from one of the brightest Laptop displays I’ve seen with eye melting colors to the most beautiful aluminum enclosures with ecstatic finish and unique color.
Now after this trip I can say that I am VERY VERY VERY hyped about shipping V’s to you. And can´t wait to hear your impressions of the device that took us 12 month to develop!
Now it’s time to cut all the bull and show you what we have been doing here in China past week. But before that I would like to let you what content is coming soon.
A lot of videos showing the manufacturing process.
We took some videos but unfortunately Vimeo and Youtube are banned by the Great Chinese Firewall so we will post them once we are back to Finland.
Videos of how V performs in benchmarks.
We have already started performing some if the benchmarks you guys requested and will upload them around the same time as videos
Send out prototypes to community members.
We will send out prototypes to Challenge winners for testing same week we leave to Finland.
So ok now some pictures of the great week we had. Uncensored, pure reality. Stuff you can’t see elsewhere.
Our team headed there to o through details of our keyboard and revise the prototype. Also we wanted to follow up on the final keyboard tooling progress.
First guys from our team from left to right. Archer, our project manager. @Mike, Me, Jessica our Industrial designer from @Propeller Lenny who covers their China operations, and @riku taking pictures. For those who don’t remember Propeller here is their website:) http://propellerdesign.se
We are talking about Alcantara here:) Choosing the right shade.
Making sure that pogobar is strong enough and will withstand constant twisting.
@Mike and Archer are discussing where to place RGB color switch of the keyboard button
This is how the keyboard assembly line looks like just before the holidays. Factory was almost empty already. 70% of employees left already
Me doing something with V
This is how the tools for injection molding look like. We made a very detailed video of how they work and how V keyboard is actually produced. It took us a long time since the tooling kickoff to refine the tools to the level we are happy with them.
Here the final adjustment to our tool is made (tooling for key caps). After that keyboard i ready for mass production. In the video you will learn how this machine works.
Stress testing machine that keeps pressing the keyboard buttons for weeks. This is to ensure durability of the keyboard module.
Making final adjustments to scissors mechanism tool.
V with Microfiber keyboard. (Alcantara will be even more gorgeous Ignore the intel sticker and protective film on the V Also notice how well the screen bezel matches with the display making V front look seamless when display is off.
Archer sends his regard to community
CEO of our development and manufacturing partner with guys from Microsoft pleasantly surprised by unique feel of Alcantara.
Jessica is selecting finish of V enclosure.
On the right is Vs back (doesn’t have anti fingerprint coating applied yet) on the left is internal structure of the rear case. On the top is block of aluminum from which V comes from.
V packaging in progress
Guess what it is?
- Shopping Mall
Answer is here:
Yeah guys its a shopping mall in china nearby our hotel
Betty from packaging factory presets her thoughts on how to make unboxing experience unforgettable.
A cute pup @ packaging factory
@riku 's Soup for dinner
V on the left boasts a kickstand in comparison to the Samsung Tab Pro S on the right
V’s display is quite bright