During Pepcom’s Mobile Focus event, we were surprised to see that the most interesting product of the show didn’t came from industry heavy weights, but rather from a rising vendor, Kupa. This USA/Germany/China based manufacturer chose its name from a river in Croatia / Slovenia area, as one of rivers in the Danube flow. Given that the author of these lines originates from Croatia, such news were surprise given that no employees of the company come from the said countries.
Kupa UltraNote X15 tablet set its sights on offering more than its direct competitor, Microsoft Surface Pro
Some of the employees have fascinating backgrounds, such as aerospace (building an Airbus Factory in China, managing aircraft production lines in Germany etc.), and the field of consumer electronics is the field the company feels certain about, with a probable target of upscaling the existing parts into automotive and aircraft grade certified components.
But their key product for 2013 is the Ultranote X15 tablet, a 10.1" Windows 8 tablet with modular capabilities. We were already surprised by the A-grade 1920×1200 panel with 224 ppi (Pixel Per Inch), 8GB of DDR3 memory (up to DDR3-1600) and 128 or 256GB SSD. The company is working on finding the supply chain for 16GB and 480GB SSDs as well, but for now you’ll have to do with specs significantly more powerful than competition.
The price is set at $1099 for baseline model with a dual-core Core i5-3317U processor, 8GB/128GB, while the top model will set you back for a few greenbacks more, offering Core i7-3517U and a 3G/4G LTE modem. While this is significantly higher than its direct competitor, Microsoft Surface Pro (starts at $899), it does offer higher quality display, higher touch-screen sensitivity, double the amount of system memory and storage… and the list goes on.