After producing several tablets based on Intel Core M, the Cube, leading brand of Chinese tablet, recently it released the tablet cheaper than ever: the Cube i10 .
Powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3735F and 2 GB of RAM, the Cube i10 may only seem another tablet Windows entry-level, ie, performing only tasks are not particularly difficult (such as, for example, look at some videos, listen to music, surf the Internet or use some simple desktop application). However, the screen diagonal of 10.6 ", combined with a very competitive price, makes this tablet dual boot suitable for use of any kind.
CPU: Intel Atom Z3735F (quad-core 64-bit with a frequency of between 1.33 and 1.83 GHz);
RAM: 2 GB;
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics (7 January);
Storage: 32 GB;
Features: Wi-Fi (802.11b / g / n), Bluetooth (4.0) and USB OTG ;
Camera: 2 MP rear, front 0.3 MP ( VGA );
Battery: 6,600 mAh;
Weight & dimensions: 0.58 kg, 28.1 x 17.6 x 0.9 cm;
Operating System: Android 4.4.4 and Windows 8.1 with Bing ;
Screen: IPS capacitive (10 points multi-touch ) to 10.6 ", with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels (16: 9);
Expansion: a slot for microSD, USB 2.0 port, a Micro USB port, one Mini HDMI connector, a 3.5mm jack (so you can connect headphones or earphones) and a connector jack 2, 5 mm (for power).
APPEARANCE AND MATERIALS
Measuring 28.1 x 17.6 x 0.9 cm and weighing 0.58 kg, the i10 Cube is certainly not the thinnest tablet and / or light present on the market. All in all, though, considering that it is a dual boot tablet, with a screen of 10.6 ", it is in any case a product quite compact.
The front of the Cube i10 is dominated by the IPS screen 10.6 "(over which side is the front camera of 0.3 MP, while, below, is placed the typical touch key of Windows operating systems).
The only two physical buttons (power / lock / off and volume rocker) are housed on top of the tablet.
All of the ports, however, are located on the left side of the tablet (including the slot for microSD, covered by a small plastic door semi-removable).
Most of the cheap tablet usually utilizes a plastic frame, wherefore it is unpleasant appearance which at the touch. On the rear side of the Cube i10, it is used instead of a high-quality metal frame made of aluminum alloy (feature usually reserved solely for tablet more expensive). Remaining on the back, you can find the 2 MP camera along with two small stereo speakers (other than the official logo of the Cube, to some other brand and some basic information).
On the underside of the tablet, is finally the place magnetic connector that allows you to securely attach the tablet to the appropriate keyboard with integrated housing (sold, however, in part).
Overall, the quality of materials, higher than the average of the products with the most or less the same price, then it is more than good.
DISPLAY AND SOUND
Thank you to the panel type IPS that enables viewing angles, colors, contrast and brightness of the screen more than good, and at a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, the display of 10.6 "of Cube i10 manages to offer a density pixels equal to 148 PPI (which, compared to today's standards, they might turn up their noses at someone). This choice, however, is more than apt in that it allows not affect the already not too exciting, but, on the whole, satisfactory performance of the video card Intel HD Graphics.
As for the sound, just like in most of the tablet's Cube, also speakers Cube i10 can play a sound quite crisp, relatively strong, which lets you hear without difficulty all that plays through the tablet.
SYSTEM AND APPLICATIONS
As mentioned, the Cube i10 uses two different operating systems: Android 4.4.4 and Windows 8.1 with Bing (together with a license of Windows, is also offered for free, for a year, the license toOffice 365 ). Just as with the i6 Cube, Cube i10 also does not allow you to choose which operating system to start when you start your tablet, but simply start the last operating system. To change the operating system, is therefore used a special icon, easily accessible from the interface of the system, which, in about less than half a minute, will go from one operating system to another (restarting, however, the tablet).
The 32 GB of eMMC available, are divided into two separate partitions: one 24GB for Windows and the other, 8GB, Android. On balance, however, this space is further reduced to about 18 GB for the Windows operating system and about 3 GB for the Android operating system (ie, the use of amicroSD , although not strictly required, it is considered more than recommended ).
One thing however is quite annoying, is that, unfortunately, a matter of security, it is not possible to exchange images, music, documents, and anything else between the two different operating systems (as a result, if you want to exchange files between an operating system and the other can only do so manually).
Thanks to the Intel Atom Z3735F, 2 GB of RAM, video card Intel HD Graphics and 32GB of eMMC memory, Cube i10 appears to have performance comparable to those offered by other models that use the same processor family:
While leaving aside the benchmark , under Android environment, Cube i10 is shown not to have any kind of problem (even with those applications and games that are on average more challenging). Under Windows, however, installed apps through the official store of Microsoft, running without any trouble while with desktop applications particularly demanding, just as with all Windows-based tablet platform Bay Trail, the Cube i10 also presents some slowdown too (Microsoft Office, on the contrary, turns more than admirably). A rather annoying problem of this tablet also concerns the heat. The rear of the Cube i10, in fact, it heats up too easily (especially in the Windows environment with desktop applications particularly laborious).
In a nutshell, therefore, the Cube i10 offers good performance which, however, can not be certainly compared to those Offers from other tablets much more expensive.
The Cube declares that, when fully charged, the battery from 6,600 mAh dell'i10 is able to provide up to 5 hours of video playback. In fact, repeatedly watching a video in Full HD (1080p), with the screen brightness set to 30% (enough for indoor use) and with a volume of 50% of capacity, the Cube i10 manages to exceed the target of 5 hours getting to go out after 5 hours and 37 minutes.In trade, however, as you can imagine from the chart, you can find the tablet that is able to offer a range decidedly much higher.
Before concluding, here is a short video of the i10 Cube, created by GearBest, which explains some peculiar features on this tablet:
The Cube i10, combining the features offered by Windows 8.1 in the simplicity of Android, proves then to be able to easily replace a common tablet is a classic laptop dedicated to the daily activities of entertainment and office (maybe even through the appropriate keyboard , however sold separately). All at a price of GearBest.com , shipping included, cost on average about 140/150 Euros. To this we must add, however, not just the extended battery life, the heat produced during normal use of the tablet and some small initial difficulties due to the language used (especially if, before buying the tablet, do not specify the one you want).