We are sharing updates right away as we have some!
As you know having struggles with our screen distributor (first quality issues, the followed by unforeseen delays on supplier’s side, confidentiality agreements) we decided to consider other screen options out there. Weekly we have had conversations around this topic with the manufacturers. We have constantly been searching for plans B, C etc. And with Computex electrifying the industry about the V, screen manufacturers have started to listen!
So here’s the update in the nutshell:
###1. Current screen distributor situation
We still don’t have an update on the current screens from our distributor. They are constantly changing the reasons for not being able to let us do the QC as well as force confidentiality agreements on us not allowing to share the real situation we have. We don’t yet have screen from them and in case if we decide with a better alternative we will get a full refund. We knew that screens are important for project timeline and we have paid for the screens all the way back in January
###2. Screen upgrade. Alternative screens
We have currently found 2 great screens that would be available to us one form Sharp and one from AUO. They both would be an upgrade to our current screen. They are really great. Here is shortly about each one of the screens:
Sharp screen has awesome specs in every way. It comes with a new technology for back light that consumes only 50% of what current screen we and other companies use. It would as a result giver a substantial boost to battery life. Also sharp screen has higher 2880x1920 resolution and deeper colors as well as great Adobe RGB coverage
AUO screen is 0.2 inches smaller than current 12.3 inch screen. It has 2880x1920 resolution and it is used on Lenovo miix 720. It has lower power consumption as well and no PWM (backlight flicker) You can read about the screen and how it compares to surface in this review: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Miix-720-7500U-QHD-Convertible-Laptop-Review.207928.0.
We have also identified possible screens from Panasonic, LG and JDI. Next week we will ask for samples if the specs look good
We are now waiting to receive sample shipments and after testing them we will know if we need to make any changes to the touch panel or any other component on the motherboard.
We will now test the screen samples mentioned above and will let you know the results asap so that we could choose the best option.
If we will get screens from existing screen supplier there is a chance to get devices produced by the end of July
If we switch to alternative better screen we are looking to August - September (potentially we could update something else in V in that case)
We don’t yet know the exact timeline for the alternative screen as we first need to test them and then get final confirmation from vendors on the timeline. We have received AUO samples today and Sharp samples are coming next week. In case of changes are needed to touch panel or other components we will need around 2-3 weeks to implement them and reproduce the components that need change. Timeline will be defined by screen shipping schedule in our view
We will push all of the possible options at the same time now (existing distributor + new manufacturers). We will act as if screens from original distributor (current screes) are not coming and will focus in speeding up Sharp, AUO or any other screen option
We will have rough timeline updates from screen manufacturers next week or early on the week after that. We will have exact timeline form screen manufacturers once we have tested the screen, agreed on terms and timeline. We will push for this to happen as soon as possible.
###5. Do I need to pay extra in case if screen gets upgraded?
It is true that screen options that we found (especially Sharp) are substantially more expensive than the current screen we buy. For example Sharp screen is using unique tech (very low power consumption) and is better than Surface pro or any 2-in-1 screen out there.
We will not charge anything extra on Indiegogo backers as we find it simply unfair even if we do end up paying more for the upgrade. Upgrade will affect future V pricing nevertheless (but it will still be an awesome deal)
We also would like to hear what is in your view best course of action:
###What course of action would you prefer Eve to take?
- Ask current distributor for a refund and get a better screen for V than it currently has. Making it 2 in 1 with the best screen on the market
- Keep the relation with current distributor open and go with the fastest option
- Other (please tell what the other option is)
Thank you all guys! We are focusing on the best for the backers and community! We hope that after this you will get even better piece of tech!
Remember! Many big players are with us on this, pushing the V out ASAP. They all understand your frustration and future potential.