Next Step, Next Big Thing, What Should be Done and Why My Idea is Better Than Yours:
So. Laptop it is!
Now, I see two roads and here I can tell you about them. I though about posting before, but I’m always scared that Big Names will notice an idea that could be EVE’s idea and they will simply steal it. :3
That’s ridiculous, obviously, because ideas are the cheapest things there are.
Amazing middle class laptop - because laptop market is stagnating. You do have good hardware and design, you do have ok’ish screens and connectivity, even the performance/endurance curves are pretty nice.
What you don’t have is the price. Prices are ridiculous and people often wonder why hardware they did buy for X years ago is not barely cheaper. It’s certainly possible that the commodities, the hardware parts, cost what they cost and the prices are just a natural consequence of that.
Or, you know. Someone wants fat margins and have nothing to lose, because the pond is stale and not moving in any real direction. Because of that we have a niche even if there should be none: a niche of good, reasonable hardware with realistic prices. With proper connectivity, with good IPS screens, modern CPUs and GPUs, nice, but affordable mix of SDD and HDD.
A sweet spot, one could say.
A Sweet Spot.
Amazing workstation - “b-but senpai!”, you could say, "aren’t there lots of examples how to do a good workstation already? DELL XPS? MacBook Pro? HP… uh… well, something?"
And I say how dare you speak to me.
Amazing workstation! Why would EVE be eve-n interested?
Well, because it suits them. Surfaces and iPads Pro are still here. Yet V seems like a good design at good price range. Yes, it’s not as custom, integrated or whatever as other 2in1’s, but it’s still a pretty great hardware. Cheaper without billions in the marketing or design wing. Build on solid components and with support from the giants. And you know the telling about shoulders of the giants - that there’s a pretty view from up here.
I believe EVE Vorkstation (geddit?) is the right choice. Team gets an exciting opportunity, less restrictive than tablet chassis. Bigger, 15 inch screen gives more possibilities of sourcing. Maybe QLED from Samsung would be possible? It’s not OLED, but it’s pretty insane and a definite USP. Great components are a given and here we would have the opportunity to have a proper GPU, too. Zen’s here and seems to be impressively efficient at low wattage. Vega is near. AMD needs halo product for their mobile lines, and HP, DELL nor MS will give them one - and here comes EVE. “Work with us”, they say. “We believe in your hardware. Let’s not make compromises for wrong reasons. Let’s make an amazing hardware together, one that was never possible before. Without all that corporate snore and marketing, focus driven sights. Let’s do the right thing and lets do it together”.
Then they kiss.
Or if not, or if Intel seems like the better lover - we already have an opening. V was a good project and they’ve invested considerable amount of money. Let’s continue this. Intel CPUs, Intel SSD. Intel whatnot. For good reasons they may simply want to work together.
Now, because we are talking future - I would propose a guideline. A base configuration, if you may. I assume making a proper design would take a year and a half. That’s with time buffers already.
- Size: 15 inches.
- Resolution: minimum 1080. After seeing V I could go with twice that, but in reality and knowing Windows scaling maybe QLED 1080p display would be enough, even nearing 2019.
2.2) HDR: that would be bonkers if possible. Sure, you need a proper content to use it well, but if you have one - well, it’s pretty amazing.
- Screen ratio: because it’s very dependent on the resolution/screen itself, I would say that good screen is more important than the ratio itself.
- CPU: 4 cores. 4 or 8 threads. Either way, 35W?
- GPU: knowing the timetable - something ~1070? ~1080? Vega?
5.2) If we would go with Vega, we could get HBM2: amazing power efficiency itself. Knowing what Vega can do with even limited framebuffer, the speedup here could be also in place. Seems like a win-win.
- SSD: Like V.
- HDD: optional? 1TB?
- Keyboard with single, EVE color backlight and off/1/2 levels.
- Speakers: four, but this time two sub-woofers.
- Camera: wide-angle front camera. Windows hello?
- Touch and pen capabilities? No bloody idea. You tell me. I think they are cool, but pretty limited. Go Wacom and you bump the price. Go N-Trig and you scale back the capabilities. Touch is limited. Also, it means that some kind of exotic hinge/kickstand would be needed. 360 screen? 180 screen? I don’t think detachable makes much sense, it only complicates things.
- Battery - considering the timeframe I would not go for biggest battery possible. There’s a very real point when the hardware is simply bit too heavy. It’s a balancing act and possible only during prototyping. So, I would say, as with V - don’t sacrifice 1mm for smaller battery, but know the moment when bigger battery will make the whole thing feel like a tank.
- Fingerprint sensor - after using V sensor in power button seems like a great idea worth keeping. Let’s carry that torch further.
- Connectivity - let’s not make mistake done by Apple and, again, continue trends of V: proper USB ports are a must. Add to that LAN, HDMI? DP? Usb-C?
Take all that. Imagine a matte, slick design. You’ll get XPS 15, oh shit. You’ll get a V successor. Eve-L. Geddit? Heh. Building on what Eve already know: that the best marketing is simply a good product.
And that they know how to make one.
That’s my proposal. Wanted to write about it for few days now, especially after hearing from my work colleagues about possible workstation from EVE.
Thank you for your attention : )