As I understand it, @vithren proposes either a middle-of-the-road laptop or a class-leading halo device laptop for Eve's next project.
If they went with a class-leading device, my only question is how a GTX 1070 and a quad-core could be put into this at the price range of $1000 to $1499? The cheapest workstation-class laptop I know of with these specifications is $2500. Maybe the @Team can answer this one. I have no experience in pricing for PC manufacturers.
As for a middle-of-the-road laptop, this category would be a toughie to compete in. The Dell Inspiron 15 7559 is under $700, which is about the cheapest I have seen for a quad-core gaming laptop with an IPS display. Its successor is similarly priced:
Here is an idea: combine a VAIO Z Canvas with a Surface Book into the ultimate laptop and tablet convergence device. Take all of @vithren's features and incorporate them as well. It is both a quad-core mobile tablet and also a gaming and workstation laptop. Its powerful tablet portion joins forces with an equally powerful class-leading GTX 1080 in a dockable keyboard with additional battery inside.
The keyboard base with its dedicated graphics is cross-compatible between newer generations of the product: future-proof! This is accomplished by using a dock with a standard Thunderbolt 3-port insertion mechanism–no Surface Connector proprietary garbage to deal with. Even if you are not interested in a tablet and never use it as a tablet, the upgradability factor makes it unbeatable.
You are free to upgrade either the upper tablet portion or the lower keyboard base containing the graphics whenever you want down the road. You can even mix and match the keyboard base and the tablet portion at purchase. This would force Microsoft to get off their butts and make the Surface Book more than just an overpriced dual-core laptop with mediocre dedicated graphics.
In this way, Eve differentiates itself from the rest of the market and defines the market by creating the first gaming laptop and tablet of its kind. Think of this as almost an Eve V Gaming or Eve V Workstation. I just see no clear path to victory making just another gaming laptop with a bunch of cool features tacked on, but this appears to be something that I would be totally interested in.
Eve has just barely established for itself as a tablet PC maker and it has only two tablets to its name. Knowing this, I think Eve taking the time to establish a name for itself in tablets would be worthwhile before completely diversifying. In this way, they avoid the pitfall many new startups stumble into of spreading themselves too thin but they still end up innovating a heck of a lot in the process.
What do you think, @Xify?
This laptop would be Eve making a device that is actually deserving of the title of "the ultimate laptop"–Microsoft's own words for the Surface Book, a frankly lame and overpriced dual-core laptop–but in a way above and beyond anything Microsoft, Sony or any PC gaming company has before conceived. There is the quad-core processor portion in the upper tablet chassis and the high-end graphics (an actual GTX 1080 or Vega graphics) in the dockable keyboard base.
The device is future-proof for new releases by making the docking connection cross-compatible with a Thunderbolt 3 port mechanism. In this way, people can upgrade either the tablet portion or the keyboard base down the road. In other words, you can upgrade the display and processor or you can upgrade the keyboard and graphics. This makes the device modular, a huge win for gamers and workstation users, besides being both a tablet if you ever need it and a full-fledged workstation or gaming laptop when duty calls.