The preorders for the first 500 Vs through Indiegogo are almost here!
We thought it was about time to announce what specifications will be available though the platform (and later through our web store).
Preorder vs. Crowdfunding
Before we dive in, I'd like to take the opportunity to clarify once again that even though Indiegogo was originally intended for crowdfunding, pledging or backing to get a V is, in fact, de facto, a preorder.
Main reason we decided to go with IndieGoGo is its ease of use and to ensure our webpage doesn't crash from big demand (happened with our first product:) ) after all we have some 20,000 subscribers (most of who subscribed within the last two weeks) and fast growing amount of daily visitors closer to the launch
How come its not crowdfunding?
In crowdfunding your pledge/backing goes to the company and they can use it to whatever they want. Often times the expenses companies expect are
- Tooling (models, from which the mass produced parts are made)
- Mechanical Engineering (salaries, outsourcing, equipment, etc)
- Electronical Engineering (salaries, outsourcing, equipment, etc).
- Other R&D
If a company is raising money to crowdfund a product, the costs above are, what typically would be covered by a portion of your pledge.
So how then backing/pledging to get a V is different?
Originally we were also considering funding part of the development costs through Indiegogo, though only a small part of them.
But after we saw how disappointed backers of over promised & under delivered became, totally understandably, we knew we couldn't run our campaign the same.
That's why, during the this summer, we shifted our focus for a little while towards re-funding our company so that we could fully cover all the costs associated in the development of this product.
Well all but the LTE R&D costs (which exactly is why it is not available in Indiegogo )
Since not a dime of your payment would be allocated towards these already covered R&D costs, that are typically associated with crowdfunding, buying a perk to get a V is not crowdfunding.
Since buyers of the V will only pay for the manufacturing, shipping and the hardware, purchasing such a perk is de facto a preorder.
In fact, the only reason this confusion was ever born, was because originally the earlier community and us thought that it would be completely fine, or even cool to launch the product in a crowd focused platform. Now its too late to change the plans!
Besides: would it really make any difference if we sold the first 500 from our web store or from another web site? Our brand, business and reputation is still on the line exactly the same.
If you have any other questions about financials related stuff, tag @Thor - Eve's CFO - to your question. He'll answer you when he can
Sorry about the wall of text, but I wanted to clarify that once again.
Now we can finally get to the configurations.
There are 3 of them.
Each spec of V will come with the V Wireless Keyboard included.
No spec will come with the V Pen included. (Sorry Paul and others in his camp, we can't please everybody).
While we are not going to customize the Indiegogo campaign to include all different accessories, upgrades, future configurations etc, we are open to do our utmost best to get all buyers the package they want after the campagin, but before the delivery (remember, there is some time before you actually get the device).
This is done to keep it simple. All different combos of upgrades, configs, shippings, acccessories etc would lead to a very complex and hard to understand campaign page, which would be bad for all of us. In fact, I think Indiegogo doesn't even allow that many perks to be displayed.
All the specs have been mentioned here and below are the only differences you'll find between the models
#1 "The V m3"
CPU: Intel Core m3 (7Y30)
RAM: 8 GB (LPDDR3)
ROM 128 GB SSD (m.2. SATA3)
#2 "The V i5"
CPU: Intel Core i5 (7Y54)
RAM: 8 GB (LPDDR3)
ROM 256 GB SSD (m.2. SATA3)
#3 "The V i7"
CPU: Intel Core i7 (7Y75)
RAM: 16 GB (LPDDR3)
ROM 512 GB SSD (m.2. SATA3)
GPS Disclaimer: Despite of what has been written in the media, we have not confirmed yet the technical feasibility of the GPS module. As such our promise is as before; if it works acceptably in the WiFi model, we'll include it. If not, it will be in the LTE model.