Greetings! The V is soon coming from Shenzhen
Center of Futian district in Shenzhen, China
During the past month we've been intensively squashing the bugs to ensure all the way great an experience when the V soon ships!
We had a couple of delays in shipping the prototypes to the community, mainly because we wanted to be sure that people would be getting the latest fixes already implemented. We had to wait a bit more as our button supplier didn't ship us enough revised buttons in time as well as there were some delays with housing delivery. This does not affect the production schedule as its common for manufacturers to stall delivering small quantities of samples.
The prototypes are/were delayed, does that mean the schedule is delayed too?
Nope! Some of you guys have had concerns about this but let me assure you, the two are not correlated!
That's because the engineers' work schedule is not affected by production. We've been steadily rolling forward with the R&D, despite having suffered some delays on the prototype production side.
As Konsta mentioned, this time around the protos have been / are produced at the final factory. This means the factory can already see potential production issues, and attune their assembly methods accordingly.
I also encourage people to check out Konsta's footage at youtube, which he has generously put up there impromptu for u guys I'm sure he will add more content to the channel as time goes by!
How are we doing with the V!?
Jolly great! We've stomped around 65 issues to the ground during past month and are staring at only a few before we can ship. Among the most important we've made the following improvements:
Pen magnet's improved to enable docking to the side
The uglier the prototypes look like, the more the team behind them is doing them!
We built connected standby mode
Now the V will wake up in less than a second and will also be able to prompt notifications even whilst sleep. In case you want a half-hibernate half-sleep solution, the V also supports stage 3 sleep, from which it can wake up in roughly 3.5-4 seconds. (Advanced users stuff this)
- Display was professionally calibrated
Expect the colors of the prototypes have nothing on the real deal. Seriously. We promise. The display will live to your expectations. We guarantee! The bad news is that you'll just have to wait for it to see it
- Speaker performance was tuned
Even though we heard no complaints from the prototype testers when it came to our speaker's performance, we still felt we owed you guys a bit more! We engaged with our speaker surroundings- and our sound chip vendor to deliver more.
We noticed you can actually "overclock" the speakers as there is so much power under the hood. Normal drivers would utilize less of the max performance than what's available. We're now optimizing the drivers to the best of our abilities! If you have very, very demanding ears for DBs (unlike the testers) you may find yourself in need for a specific EQ tuning software.
Additional small fixes were as follows:
- Light sensor is not affected by the luminance of the display anymore
- hull switch does not put the device to sleep when keyboard is folded behind the V
and a few more fixes here and there. One of the reasons why could announce a firm shipping date (from development point of view) for your awesome computer was that all hardware issues have been fixed during the past 2 months. If any hidden issues remain, we can issue hotfixes via software update
How are we doing with the keyboard?
V Keyboard with green backlight, prototype gen 6 (text not blurred intentionally)
The keyboard has been a funny animal of its own. It has been travelling on its own development path, not per se following the speed of the V, which is by now, pretty much fully ready. Apart from a few software fixes.
But how are we doing? Very good actually!
Main updates to the current (second last before production) generation prototypes have been:
- Significant improvement of rigidity
The V keyboard is now on the top level of sturdiness when it comes to folio keyboards! Twisting it does not make the trackpad click, nor does it feel wobbly anymore!
- Magnet strength
The keyboard won't detach so easily anymore when being bent over behind the V. To do this we added 2 more magnets to the bottom side of the V chassis, and switched the magnets in the keyboard's pogo pin connector bar to ones with more strength.
- Magnet alignment
All the magnet poles were matched so that the keyboard docks in nicely each and every time you're connecting the two devices.
Ugly prototyping vol 2. While starting the docking from an intentionally misaligned position, we specifically left that small piece of trash there to demonstrate how the increased magnet strength will throw it away!
- Added antenna for bluetooth performance
Even though it was very hard to make the wireless communications in the small keyboard mechanical space, we've managed to squeeze out an acceptable level of wireless performance out of the keyboard. In normal conditions even the gestures work now pretty well Certainly no more packet loss whilst typing.
However it is good to know that windows PTP is USB-protocol only, so PTP settings and some of the gestures only work properly in pogo-pin-connection.
That's that for now guys!
If you have concern of any issue being unfixed, let us know. Its is very very likely that its already fixed even though it is not mentioned in the post
p.s. Sorry that this post took so long to appear and I was not able to produce an update before. I had a very hectic last week in China last week and I fell sick of a hefty flu almost immediately when landed back to Finland (getting better and back on track now already!)