You may be wondering, is this another brand new concept topic like the one I brought up? There is a fundamental difference between the two: this thread is OFFICIAL. Many of you have seen me around the forums since February, posting opinions & many designs I love (such as the ongoing front & keyboard concept for the new V). Now, I have joined the community team as a liaison! I will help to answer your questions about the current projects and take your creative ideas to the team so they can focus on making these products a reality. I wish you a pleasant time in the community.
Shedding more light on the project
Welcome to Project: V FAQ! Currently, we are focusing on gathering opinions from our awesome community to fine-tune our design direction. We have read through every single comment you posted in our official threads; moreover, we are keeping our eyes on all community topics seeking brilliant ideas & questions from you. We sincerely appreciate your enthusiasm & contribution to the new V, and will carefully evaluate each suggestion you offered.
In this FAQ, we want to focus on answering questions about the new V that the community came up with, as well as provide the decided specs & features wherever we can. As we are still early in the development stage, many of your highly anticipated feature requests continue to be explored. Meanwhile, please rest assured that once we are ready to provide corresponding insights, we will bring these topics into the community for you to discuss. Let us begin!
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- The majority of voters usually uses their 2-in-1 device indoors.
- Most voters usually use their 2-in-1 in laptop mode.
- The majority of voters is more likely to leave their keyboard attached when using their 2-in-1 in tablet mode.
- The majority of voters does not think device resilience should come at the cost of size and weight.
- The majority of voters have their 2-in-1 device angled on the kickstand during CPU-intensive work.
- The majority of voters thinks 16GB of RAM could serve their 2-in-1 use case.
- The majority of voters wants to be able to access internals that can be repaired/replaced with off-the-shelf components.
- The voters were split about whether high-performance plastics should be a primary or secondary construction material.
- The voters were split between very-tactile controls or simple push buttons.
- Most voters prefer push buttons to control volume, over more exotic methods.
- The majority of voters think a volume rocker is better than separate volume buttons.
- The majority of voters likes kickstands.
- Most voters prefer a passively cooled 2-in-1 device.
- The majority of voters thinks the best way to dissipate heat from the device is with a camouflaged external heatsink.
- The majority of voters thinks a keyboard with a mechanical hinge could be an exciting option.
- The majority of voters is okay with moving (some of) the ports & features to the keyboard.
- Almost all voters agree that 12.3" is right screen size.
- Most voters think the ports should be separate between the top and bottom of the device.
- The majority of voters thinks USB Type-A is still relevant.
- Almost all voters agree that USB Type-C is already relevant.
- The majority of voters think there should be a USB Type-C port on either side of the device.
- The majority of voters thinks we still need a headphone jack.
- The majority of voters think our SD card reader should be full-sized.
- The majority of voters think our SD card reader should support SDUC capacities.
- The majority of voters think there is a use for LTE support.
- Almost all voters agree it makes sense to upgrade to WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
- Most voters think NFC isn’t beneficial on a Windows device.
- The majority of voters think that there is a use for GPS support.
- The majority of voters are interested in a Thunderbolt eGPU option.
- The majority of voters think that the front-facing webcam quality is essential.
- Most voters think a rear-facing camera should be just good enough to scan documents.
- The majority of voters want to see Windows Hello facial recognition.
- The majority of voters want to see Windows Hello fingerprint recognition.
- The majority of voters think the power button should integrate the fingerprint reader.
- The majority of voters think speakers are vital, but shouldn’t get in the way of other specs.
- The majority of voters think the speakers should be along the side edges.
- The majority of voters wants to see user-facing, front-firing speakers.
- The majority of voters think 16GB of RAM is appropriate for an entry-level device.
- Most voters think more than 32GB of RAM doesn’t make sense in a 2-in-1 device.
Most popular questions
What changes have been made to guarantee the durability of the keyboard?
We will be working with a completely different keyboard supplier and manufacturer. On top of that, we have a long list of improvement points based on feedback from first-gen users and data from our support team, which we will use to improve the durability and reliability of the new keyboard.
Is the new V Keyboard compatible with the first-gen V?
We want to include backwards compatibility with the first-gen V wherever we can. However, one crucial improvement involves adding guide notches around the pogo-pin connector. It will improve the user experience and protect both the tablet & the keyboard portions of the device; however, the original V does not support these guide notches, making compatibility unlikely.
Does the new V have rounded screen corners?
Despite reviewing many potential displays from several suppliers, no display panels with rounded corners are available to us.
Does the new V feature a digital bezel?
Ports and other components around the display panel leave the V with inactive bezels. Though it would be possible to disable part of the display panel to create active bezels, it would ultimately just leave the new V with a smaller usable screen.
What are the limitations for external displays on the new V?
Displays can be connected to the new V through USB Type-C. The exact protocols supported, as well as specifications such as maximum resolution or refresh rate for these external panels, is yet to be determined and dependent on the exact CPU platform chosen.
Is the M.2 slot in the new V compatible with components other than an SSD?
The slot should support other M.2 cards, but as space is minimal form factors larger than 2280 may not fit physically inside the device. We are looking into LTE support in a way that doesn’t rely on replacing storage.
Is the new V suitable for real-time audio production?
The first-gen V seemed to have excellent low-latency performance, but as it houses different components, we cannot guarantee this for the new V, which is still in early development.
Does the new V support any form of (reverse) wireless charging?
Wireless charging capability is highly reliant on the housing. Once we refine the industrial design, we can re-evaluate adding wireless charging if the materials allow.
Are there any LED indicators on the new V?
The design outline calls for an indicator light that shows things such as power, standby, or charging.
Does the new V feature user-replaceable components?
Our goal is to use an M.2 SSD, and for it to be accessible in a way as safe and convenient as possible. It would ensure compatibility with off-the-shelf storage drives for easy upgrades or repairs, as well as allow for removal of data from the device for security or recovery efforts. Other components may be replaceable but will be custom-built to fit the limited space available in the V.
Are there drawbacks to using serviceable components such as SODIMMs or M.2?
Being able to replace a component with an off-the-shelf part is excellent for easy repairs or upgrades. But any component designed to be user-replaceable primarily adds significant size. Slightly increased weight and reduced energy efficiency are additional concerns. All of these things are crucial when building a highly mobile device.
What is the maximum kickstand hinge angle?
We can start taking measurements of this when we have our prototypes. The first-generation V supports step-less adjustment up to 150°, and we intend to match or exceed this.
Is the new V vulnerable to bending (as seen with, for instance, iPad Pro)?
Accessibility of the internals is a particular challenge in designing the new V, as this often requires carefully fitting together separate housing components. Many design directions have already been tried, but abandoned for resulting in too flimsy a device, as we take great care to build a sturdy and durable product.
What materials make up the new V’s housing?
So far it looks like we will go with a combination of aluminium and high-grade plastics. More details will come when the designs have been finalized and reviewed by our manufacturing partners.
How do high-quality plastics measure up against metals in terms of durability?
It depends very much on the type of plastics or metals used, and how they are treated. Different materials have different reactions to scratches, dents, drops, bending, and so on. Once the designs are in a more advanced stage, we can go into more details about the materials we are planning to use.
What materials will be used to build the keyboard?
The new V Keyboard is still being designed, and will likely feature a combination of hard materials such as plastics and soft materials such as ultrasuede. More details will be made available as the design process continues.
What materials will be used for the keycaps?
The keycaps will be plastic; exact details will follow as we narrow down the specific module used with our keyboard suppliers.
How do the keys and palm rest feel on touch (i.e. warm or cold)?
As the keys and wrist rest of the keyboard do not contain components that heat up during use, you can expect the palm rest to be at or around room temperature. Exact surface finishes are still undecided.
Does Alcantara wear over time?
We have not yet decided on either material or finish, but are considering Alcantara and other ultrasuede materials. Experience with the first-generation V and other products shows that Alcantara is a resilient and durable material, provided it is cared for properly.
Can the keyboard of the new V be lifted at an angle?
The keyboard can be lifted in the same fashion as the first-generation V Keyboard or Surface Pro. Once we have our designs finalized, we can start taking measurements things like the maximum angle.
Can end users remap the key functions?
No such function is present on a hardware level, though there are third-party software solutions on the market that can enable remapping on just about any keyboard.
Are we keeping unique legends like the flipped pyramid V and Oops! keys?
We have not made any final decision yet. We are quite fond of our subtle V logo, but we are also aware that there has been pushback against the quirkiness of the Oops! key.
Is the new V Keyboard compatible with the Surface Pro 7?
The new V Keyboard will not be compatible with the Surface line of devices.
Can the V Pen be stored in or on the new V?
We have not chosen a method yet. We are aware that magnetically attaching the round pen did not work well on the first-generation V, so whatever we come up with, it will not be that.
Will there be an Eve eGPU accessory for the new V?
It is not something we are currently working on. But by following the Thunderbolt spec, the new V should be compatible with any third-party Thunderbolt eGPU enclosure.
Did we miss anything?
Please post your questions about the new V here, and we will try our best to answer them!