Hands-On with Kupa X11 Tablet, Runs Windows 8

LAS VEGAS — And the tablets keep on coming. Billed as the “perfect tablet for mobile professionals,” the 10-inch Kupa X11 tablet is looking to join an already crowded tablet market. Some of the core features include a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 (Oak Trail) processor,  an integrated Intel GMA GPU,  2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD. There’s also a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.5 megapixel front camera, fingerprint reader and a pen stylus.  According to Kupa reps at CES 2012, the tablet has 1080p playback, delivers 10 hours of battery life and wakes from sleep in approximately five seconds. Read on for our first impressions, images and video.

At 0.6 inches, we found the 2-pound, 10.7 x 7.3-inch Kupa X11 to be a little on the thick side. The tablet’s rear is made of matte gray plastic and is bare except for the rear-facing webcam. In terms of ports, we found 2 USB 2.0 ports, a miniHDMI, a headphone jack and SIM slot. Physical buttons include a power button and volume buttons sitting on the top of the tablet.

The 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768p LED backlit capacitive display was fairly bright. However, we noticed preloaded images in the gallery appeared slightly muddy. Multitouch gestures such as pinch-zoom were fairly fast and responsive, but we encountered a slight stutter. Using the pen was also accurate, especially when using programs such as ArtRage 2 and Windows Journal. When we used ArtRage 2 the display’s pressure sensitivity really showed, delivering lighter pen strokes in relation to how softly we drew on the screen.

The Windows 8 user interface was easy to use with large, colorful tiles making for a visually stimulating experience.  Pre-installed apps include PicStream, PaintPlay and Labyrinth. There’s also an RSS Reader and apps for weather and stocks. We navigated between apps, menus and homescreens at a relatively zippy pace. Certain apps like the RSS reader took a few seconds to load.              

No word on a U.S. release date, but the 64GB Wi-Fi Kupa X11 tablet will retail $699. A WiFi and 3G tablet will cost $799 while the 128GB SSD, WiFi and 3G version will ship at $969. By comparison, a 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi only costs $699. While the prospect of Windows 8 on a 10-inch tablet with pen input is appealing, the high price point could be a tough sell with consumers. 

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