Okay, here’s my take,
I’d like an updated V, with a number of quality of life changes and one major change that would allow it to be shipped both a normal typecover or a Laptop Base like the Surface Book which can host a dGPU.
Over a one year use of my V, this is what I feel needs to be fixed for a 2nd generation:
- Lighter: The current V is heavier than the SP5/SP6 but not offering any real benefits from the weight. Its performance is worse and its battery life is around the same as the Surface lineup.
Design with fan: Using the Y-series CPU’s is just too weak. A silent operation could instead be implemented through software. I currently have a Lenovo Ideapad 720s 14" with an i7 8550u, and after undervolting and tweaking it I can go through a whole day at university without the fans kicking in. This is mostly because I set a throttlestop profile which limits the performance by a bit while on battery. This also increases my battery life and I’m getting 8-9h of university work on a 50Wh battery(55Wh new).
This also means I can “release” the CPU on demand if I need to do any intensive tasks however, giving me the best of two world.
- U-series CPU: The i7 8550u reaches around 600(multi) in cinebench, compared to the 250 for the i7-7Y75. Granted there’s a generation gap, but still.
- Improved palm rejection: Compared to my SP3, I never use my V for taking notes as I can’t trust the palm rejection.
- Working fingerprint reader. No explanation needed.
- Fixed modern standby sleep: As a number have experienced the V sometimes wakes up in the backpack, causing battery drain and a dead V when you want to do work. Feels unreliable.
- Smaller bezels Not too small so that it can still be held without touching the screen, but smaller than they are. The iPad Pro has small bezels and that seems to work with people.
- Port placement farther down the side: More natural position when it’s upright.
- Better pogo pin design: I have reliability concerns with how the pogo pins currently work, and had to return a previous V cause the keyboard stopped working.
- Ability to flip the keyboard around: If I’m going to use my V for taking notes I’d like to be able to keep the keyboard flipped but still on like the Surface Lineup. There’s usually not enough space in the lecture theater to place the keyboard on the desk in front of me forcing me to put it in my backpack instead.
- No antireflective coating: Not unless it can be guaranteed to not flake off from the keyboard rubbing against the screen.
- Reliable bluetooth keyboard: I love the idea of the keyboard being able to be used over bluetooth, but it’s unreliable and has input lag and dropped letters.
- LTE enabled: This would be quite beneficial for some, though a cost/benefit analysis would have to be done. It’s weird if it can’t be cheaply implemented though as even very cheap smartphones support 4G.
And my big proposed change:
I think it would be really cool if the V could be made to be compatible with both a typecover style keyboard and a laptop base. The laptop base would then be like the Surface Book and have both a battery and a dGPU. Of course that would be expensive, so that would be an upgrade for those that want that. The “normal” V would come with a normal typecover.
That’s what I’d like to see for a direct successor to the V anyway Personally I’m not that interested in Mini PC’s and AIO but it’ll be interesting to see what the community comes up with. The laptop and 2-1 market is a bit saturated right now so I can understand a decision to not make a direct successor.