It’s that time of year, the new CPU’s are making their way into new models and Cube is the first out of China to use the new Core M3-7Y30. The new generation Core M3 chip has a much higher max turbo over the 6Y30, with a top speed of 2.6Ghz Vs 2.2Ghz on last years 6Y30 in the Cube i7 Book model. The base clock is 100Mhz higher and it uses Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU that has a higher clock rate of 50Mhz and should prove to be a little faster. The GPU now also has native VP9 and H.265 video decoding and encoding support among other things. The 7Y30 is slightly more efficient too.
The Cube Mix Plus, uses the same 10.6″ screen as the Cube i7 Stylus & i7 Book, you may think that’s a bad thing, but 1080p means the system will be more fluid and you can even game (depending on the title) at the native screen resolution. But the best thing is WACOM stylus support is retained and this offers the best stylus experience on the Chinese tablets. This screen is the old Surface Pro 2 screen, so while it’s old, it’s a very decent 1080p IPS panel.
The rest of the specs, 4GB DDR3 1866Mhz RAM, 128GB SSD (M.2) and front 2MP, rear 5MP auto-focus camera. The build and design from the press images looks just the same as the i7 Book but in white and silver. USB 3.1 type-C port, MicroSD, Micro USB 3.0, Wireless AC and DC charging just like the i7 Book. The type-c port can be use for display output, data, and charging.
The keyboard looks like it also just got a color change, still a transformer book style with two full-sized USB ports. I hope these are USB 3.0. Now I wonder if we will see a Cube i9 Core M3-7Y30 upgraded version? And a cheaper Apollo Lake N3450 Cube Mix version? (Basically the same tablet without the type-c port and Core M3.
What a shame they didn’t improve things further with a full sized USB 3 port at least, left and right side facing speakers and 8GB RAM option? Retail price is going to be around $360. And yes, I will review this one, I have to right since I’ve reviewed all the Core M tablets from Cube. And I really want to see how the Core M3-7Y30 compares to the Core M3-6Y30.
Source: Cube’s offcial site (Chinese)
Cube Mix Plus Press images: