Surface Pro 4 Hands On and Teclast X98 Plus DHL Delay

Surface Pro 4 Hands On and Teclast X98 Plus DHL Delay

I would have had my Teclast X98 Air Plus today to start my review process. But DHL Spain is at it again, my shipment is on hold. Happens so often, takes 2 days to go from China, Germany and onto Spain. To then sit with DHL Spain for a week. I hope to at least have the X98 Plus this week now, but they still haven’t even called me back to at least find out what the issue is.

I also have a Cube iwork8 Ultimate, another 8″ X5 Z8300 to review hopefully next week DHL doesn’t delay this one further. It’s stuck in Hong Kong.

If you haven’t seen the TechTablets YouTube channel, I have been looking at a couple of Surface Pro 4’s, one the M3-6Y30 fanless model and the i5 6300U the new 6th gen Core i5. Amazing tablets, it’s always good to compare the best of the best when looking at these Chinese tablets. Which I use as a way to gauge exactly what a top tablet has to offer compared to these lower end and mid ranged Chinese tablets.

The new Core M Skylake M3-6Y30 is a nice step up in power over the Broadwell Core M 5Y10 seen in the Cube i7 Stylus and Teclast X2 Pro. It runs really cool with Microsofts new hybrid cooling (No fan in this model) But it still has a large copper transfer pipe, a plate between the screen and battery to aid in thermal transfer. Never seen it go over 59 degrees c or throttle when benchmarking and gaming. Which is great, I hope Cube and Teclast use the new M3-6Y30 in their new Core M 2016 tablets or refreshes. And I hope they Chinese MFG’s copy Microsofts heatsink design.

The Surface Pro Core i5 version’s hybrid cooling is definitely a huge improvement over the Surface Pro 3, the fan is almost never on unless you get the tablet really working hard. And for that to happen you need to encode videos, multitask like crazy or game.

Why the Surface i5? Well, I will be back home for a month in Auckland, New Zealand in December and need enough power to edit and encode 4k and 1080p videos while there. Unfortunately the Teclast X2 Pro I’m fond of just doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to video encoding. Like the Surface M3, it’s possible. But a 10 minute 1080p video encoded with a AVC H.264 codec at 30mbps will take around 25 minutes on the 5Y10 and about 15 minutes on the new Skylake 6Y30.

And on the new Core i5 6300U, just 5 minutes or so. And 4k editing and encoding, is painfully slow on a Core M.


FYI: Nothing new on the Chinese Weibo’s.

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone., founder from way back.


  1. I’ve got a Cube iwork8 Ultimate on its way as well! We’ll have a race on between the two as to which gets here first 😉

  2. BTW, welcome back to auckland, when you get here bro! 😛

    • Thanks, can’t wait to be back on the best side of the world.

  3. Hi Chris,

    I am very curious about the M3-6Y30 and also the other Skylake CPUs 😉

    Can you run a quick test with 1080p and 4k HEVC encoded videos with 30fps and 60fps? What is the CPU consumption for the Skylake CPUs?

    In case you need video material for testing:

    • Also it would be nice if you could measure the WATT the m3 and i5 Surface systems use in IDLE, normal use and maxxed out CPU.

      If the i5 Surface has similar Watt numbers for IDLE and normal use it would be quite interesting to know.

    • Using Movies and TV about 5% hardly anything used, very good. This is 4k

      • Wait. Are we talking h.264 or h.265 ?

        4k with 60fps encoded with h.265. What is the CPU for both Skylakes?

        You could even test some [email protected] HEVC (h.265) content just to be safe 😉

  4. Are news of chuwi vi10 or hi10?

    • Nothing, my Hi8 Pro and Hi10 still haven’t left China.

  5. Hand feel? Everyday useage for the form factor?

    The primary thing I think about these larger hybrids, is that they are workhorses, designed for two handed use, input rather than mobility, ease of use.

    I am always impressed by the spec, design, QA. But as popular as the bigger hybrids have been, I can’t help but feel they are like the dreaded cheeseblock smart phone – okay at everything, good at nothing. Why not get a laptop, if the tablet can’t be held for sustained periods without two hands, and if in practice with a keyboard dock, you rarely use one as a tablet alone anyway? (Especially at a higher price, than a higher spec’d gaming laptop)

    I am looking forward however to the possibility of a ‘mini’. Still I wonder the time they are taking!, if someone will bet them to a high spec netbook/tablet 8-8.9 inch form factor?

    • Everyday use is good. I use it like a laptop 90% of the time, but also has a second pc on my desk without the keyboard. As a tablet it gets heavy quick, so I use it two handed and the kickstand to prop it up if watching a movie etc. This type of hybrid is not for everyone and I later plan to use this with a monitor as a desktop on the go. The i5 certainly has the power to do this.

      I would have a XPS 13 myself, but I do like this form factor and how slim it is. Removing the keyboard is a nice touch a notebook can’t do.

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