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Cube iWork 3X – Apollo Lake Tablet With 12.3″ Surface Pro 4 Screen

Cube iWork 3X – Apollo Lake Tablet With 12.3″ Surface Pro 4 Screen

At Cube’s press event, the Cube iWork3X was also mentioned, a 12.3 inch 2-in-1 tablet with Microsoft’s prized top-tier tablet screen in it.

First we got the Surface Pro 2 screen in the i7 Book, then the Surface Pro 3 screen (Chuwi Hi12), and this year the Surface Book screen (Chuwi Hi13, Cube Thinker i35) and now the Surface Pro 4 screen is in the hands of the Chinese tablet manufacturers. So it’s no longer exclusive to Microsoft? And they don’t care because the Surface Pro 5 is coming? Anyway, this is a good thing as an ex-Surface Pro 4 owner having that screen in more tech is going to be great. More on the screen here.

The new Cube iWork3X was announced in China.

Cube are also jumping on the 6GB RAM bandwagon like Teclast and Jumper and this tablet will be running an Apollo Lake N3450. Other important specs included 128GB SSD and Wireless AC. It seems they’re listening, people feed up with 4GB, while it might not be 8GB, 6GB is certainly better than 4GB right? My guess is another two 3GB LPDDR3 Samsung RAM modules in dual channel.

It has a kickstand, optional keyboard and comes (unfortunately) in white and silver colour scheme like the Cube Mix Plus. No idea on when it will be released or if that great screen will support an active stylus.

Cube iWork 3X Specs:

  • 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 IPS display. 3:2 aspect ratio. 267 PPI (Same screen used in Surface Pro 4)
  • Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 (2.2Ghz max boost)
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 740 grams in weight
  • 8500 mAh battery
  • MircoSD, HDMI support
  • Kickstand and optional keyboard
  • 2MP 720p front-facing web camera

Official specs will be here once updated.

The price:

No word on the release date, or if that screen is fully laminated and supports a stylus! I will post more info when I find out, but I will definitely be reviewing this interesting tablet.

 

 

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37 Comments

  1. Cube has released a new Cube iwork5x tablet on its official website, but ni news for this 3x, when will be on sale? Hope it will be not to long.

  2. Hi,

    Are there any news related with this?

    • Not a lot, might be called the Cube i23 or that’s the model number more like it. It’s listed on Gearbest now, still pre alert.

      • Still no news?

        I would like to buy a 3:2 or 4:3 2 in 1 which possibly comes with a good thin but functional case like the one we used to have on iPads (smart case).

        I am aiming at things like Cube i9, Chuwi Hibook Pro… but I am still very doubtful.

        I would mostly use the tablet in portrait mode for pdf reading / browsing, but occasionally I would like to use it laptop with a keyboard.

        You got any hint?

        Thanks!

        • Nothing yet hopefully, its released soon. We will get the Chuwi SurBook before this which is a very similar tablet.https://techtablets.com/chuwi-surbook/

          • Thank you! Do you think it’d be better wait for the Cube or we can safely go for the chuwi?

            One thing I never understood, is if there’s some sort of “smart case” / bumper for these kickstand devices.

            I would hate to have uncovered edges in case of fall.

            The ones with the leather frame are just too thick!

            Thanks

          • Did the crowdfunding!

            Thanks again for the hint.

            Anybody knows what the delivery time could be?

            Any tip for the bumper? Will the surface pro 4 ones maybe fit the Surbook?

            Cheers!

  3. http://www.cube-tablet.com/cube-iwork-3x-2-in-1-tablet-pc.html

    I found the Price on the Cubes website. Although the I can’t find the release date. I will ask to Cubes

    369$

    • Sorry 359$

    • That’s not Cube’s official site, it’s just a retailer masquerading as a look-a-like official store. Those guys also run pipo-tablet or onda-tablet sites too. They are an Aliexpress store with their own external sites. I’ve had a run in with them in the past, I wouldn’t ever trust them!

  4. wow… i am torn between this and Chuwi Hi13.
    this device ticks all the right spot Intel Celeron N3450, 6GB RAM, 128GB SSD, except the battery. seems a little tad small.

    but understandable that this device will be a little more expensive than the Chuwi Hi13? hmmmm…

    • I can see it going for a good $50 more than the Hi13, it looks great to me so far and you get 2GB more RAM, but yes the only real issue might be that battery size. Apparently, the Surface Pro 4 screen isn’t so bad on the battery, so I’ll have to see when I review this one.

  5. 360-degree hinge is the current trend, kickstand is quite annoying

    • yes, that’s the trend but I don’t like any of them (360º or kickstand). For me the perfect combo for a tablet is a transformer-type keyboard that holds the tablet by itself (not very common on large display tablets)

  6. Anyone noticed that the keyboard dock looks to be a thin metal one, but not as thin as the type covers? Also lacks USB ports. If the key travel is good should be okay, but only one full USB 3.0 port?

    • There should also be a type-c port (I think) which can act as another port.

  7. everything good except colour. why there is always something lacking? why not black color? And what about usb port?

    • USB 3.0 confirmed, And I think it might have Type-C for charging and data only.

  8. Core: 1.44GHz
    External Memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
    WIFI: 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless internet
    Bluetooth: Yes
    Screen resolution: 2736*1824 (FHD)
    USB Host: Yes (USB 3.0)
    Micro USB Slot: Yes
    Mini HDMI: Yes
    3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
    General Battery Capacity(mAh): Built-in 4.35V / 8500mAh Lithium ion polymer battery
    Battery / Run Time (up to): 5 hours video playing time
    Material of back cover: Plastic
    G-sensor: Supported
    Speaker: Built-in Dual Channel Speaker
    MIC: Supported
    Charging LED Light: Supported
    Languages Pre-installed Language: Windows OS is built-in Chinese and English, and other languages need to be downloaded by WiFi.
    Dimensions Product size: 29.96 x 18.06 x 1.02 cm / 11.8 x 7.11 x 0.4 inches
    Product weight: 0.740 kg

  9. Wow, it’s really impressive to see the quality/hardware jump on the last tablets.

    Can’t wait to know when a Cube i9 successor will appear!!

    • Fingers crossed for Surface Pro 4 screen with Core M3-7Y30, 8GB of RAM Cube i9 successor. And in BLACK not white…

  10. ^[email protected]%#!!! Should I cancel my Chuwi Hi13 order and get this one instead? Will it be worth it for an extra 2GB of RAM and SSD??

    • This tablet sounds good because of the SSD and the 2GB extra RAM (probably dual channel as the Jumper EZBook Pro). I think this could be the current “12-inch tablet killer”.

      Chuwi Hi13 has a bigger screen (13.5”) so the decission to take depends if you need more than 12.3”.

    • Yes, all depends on what you need. This tablet will no doubt be better with a full sized USB 3 port, the extra RAM and SSD. But you have to also factor it is a lot more expensive than the Hi13. I would keep the Hi13 order if you don’t need that extra 2GB. The Surface Book screen in the Hi13 is an amazing panel, I’ve used it and it’s top of the line for sure. Even if the CHuwi Hi13 screen isn’t fully laminated it should still look great.

      • Okay so the price is $290 in China, retailers normally add like $50 or $100 cut, so we can expect it to sell for $400 without the keyboard. I’ll stick to my Hi13 for now. Much cheaper.

  11. Let’s celebrate the death of 4gb in China! Took long enough.

    This looks nice. If the screen were laminated or if it came with a stylus, I would guess we would know.

    Besides, the naming takes after the iWork 1X, which didn’t come with a stylus, rather than the iWork 11, which did (and which was the cheaper, Atom-based version of the i7/mix plus).

    In short, I don’t think Cube came out today with a successor for their Wacom line, which is a shame. I think a lot of “Wacom EMR people” would love them to move beyond that small 16:9 screen. Then again the more recent, 3:2 MS screens date from when MS ditched Wacom EMR for N-trig, so perhaps there’s no future there.

    • I don’t think there is a future there for WACOM, its a shame but they have limited screens for it. Really stuck with the Surface Pro 2 screen. And I think the Mix Plus is the last we will see of it. Still great to see 6GB is I hope the new base for RAM for Q2 2017, seems like it. We can thank Samsung’s 3GB chips for that.

      • There is hope, actually. The Galaxy Book 10 has a 10.6″ 1920×1280 3:2 display with Wacom EMR (with tilt detection!). Maybe, just maybe, after that tablet has done its time, we will see other 10.6″ 3:2 tablets in like fashion using the Wacom EMR digitizer found in it.

        • Trouble is most find 10.6″ too small now. I used to really enjoy the i7 Book, but after my Surface pro 4 I find it hard to go back to smaller than 12-inches. Well, 11.6″ is okay, anything less is too small for me now.

          • Surprisingly, there are quite a lot of people who I know personally in the TabletPCReview forums who want a “Surface Air.” Essentially, a “Surface Air” is a Core M tablet in a Surface 3 size and form factor. The closest we ever got to achieving this unicorn device was the troublesome Onda V919 3G Core M around when Core M first hit the market with Broadwell. The Cube Mix Plus/Cube i7 Stylus comes close to this accomplishing this ideal, but the awkward tall and skinny 16:9 form factor is a deterrent to most “Surface Air” hopefuls, including myself.

  12. Here’s hoping a Cube i7 Stylus/Cube Mix Plus successor is also released with the Surface Pro 4 display and Wacom/N-trig pen support!

    • …with Core m3!

      • Yes that screen, stylus support, 8GB of RAM and Core M3-7Y30. Then a keyboard type cover like the Cube i9’s we would have a winner (if priced accordingly of course)

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