Sorry for the “late” update. There was a lil’ miscomm between me and @iKirin about the schedules:D
We know you guys deserve to know everything that’s going on. (no new delay announcements here ).
If you want to get a better picture of the current R&D status, its good to know where we stood last time. In case you missed it, you can check out the previous update HERE
If we could do videos, which one would you prefer?
- Both are OK
- Q&A style videos
- Posts such as this
Now we got that sorted about above, its time to sort out the recent developments.
Generally speaking apart from a bare few issues we are mostly looking at stuff now that is software related. That’s why it seems likely that there will be no further delays. If we had done this kind of product before, we would know exactly what to except, but of course when something new is being done, things can change.
For clarity, I’ll be quoting my previous post about the issues and writing the updates after the quotes
The V’s Aluminum Chassis:
Last time we emphasized the importance of design design details as contributing factors to overall feel of the product:
We also listed some additional design details we were scrutinizing;
I’m happy to say that all these points have now been fully resolved and alongside the final color of the V - confirmed. We were especially happy to see that already the first prototype of the adjusted fingerprint reader / powerbutton was something we were happy with.
The housing is ready to enter mass production We will start production really soon.
The only thing that is left to confirm are the certification numbers, which we will laser on the kickstand after the certifications are completed.
Previously, we also spoke about the new heat dissipation system:
And now the results are final!
All the V’s will be able to run at 7W power 100% of the time (provided ambient temperature does not significantly exceed that of 25 degrees celsius). That’s passively cooled, and completely silent.
What that means is that: The V’s i5 can offer more performance than some much higher rated fan-cooled CPUs! The V’s i5 version can go head-to-head with Asus Transformer Pro 3’s i7 version on its single-core (cinebench 15) performance, despite the latter being fed more than twice as much power (15W) and being actively cooled by fans.
Even in the multi-core we did beat the Transformer Pro 3 - not by a as large amount but the Asus is actively cooled while you won’t hear a single whirr from a fan in the V.
So as you see folks, not all processors end up the same
The V Wireless Keyboard
We’ve done 2 rounds from last time, which have led to the following improvements;
Most of the flex has been eliminated, by;
- adjusting the amount of used fabric between the bezel bar and the pogo pin connector bar in the keyboard
- structural & mechanical design improvements
- attaching the keyboard module more prudently to its chassis (previously in some prototypes the module would jump up and down - by around 1-2mm - when pressing on keys in the middle area).
There is still a small amount of flex, but much less than before. Middle flex (3) has been completely eliminated and the flex whilst magnetically docked to bezel is almost completely eliminated (1).
With the with the current improvements, the trackpad click is not jeopardizd / affected anymore:
- when the keyboard is docked magnetically (flat or with angle to the bezel bar)
- used wirelessly, supported from both sides
but it still clicks too easy if the keyboard is only supported from the middle of it, like this (red arrows showing the direction of force):
We’re working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
Last time we were reporting in the following improvements being done;
the undergoing improvements included:
The bluetooth frecuency is still under research and development.
The signal has already been improved but its not yet on the level of our standards.
The connection itself happens reliably but the frecuency is too low, resulting in some latency with the mouse or even whilst typing - if you’re a fast typer
This is something, of course, we wan’t to make sure is not present in any device we ship!
The gesture recognition was successfully completed on the previous round of motherboard updates. The trackpad now recognizes cestures even when the fingers are tightly next to each other, something that was not the case previously.
We’re still expecting the motherboard to be soon updated to function with Alt+F4 without pressing FN.
We can’t significantly improve the fingerprint resistance of the keys without sacrificing the clean design of the keyboard, as the key colors would dramatically change. We’ve improved the key finish to the best of our abilities, but now it has been locked down for us to meet the production timeline at the end of April.
In addition to the above improvements, we also locked in the previously improved and finalized colors:
Golden samples of cosmetics of the V keyboard
We also researched why the keyboard cannot save all settings that user inputs from mouse/touchpad settings in Windows. The for this issue is OS related. We heard from our engineers is that PTP (windows precision touchpad) works USB-protocol-only, meaning that trackpad connected wirelessly doesn’t qualify for the standard.