Device manufacturers were pleased when Microsoft and Qualcomm announced the details of their collaboration in December with the aim of bringing the full Windows 10 ecosystem to devices that run ARM-based processors because it meant new opportunities for them. Khiron-Sigma is now making use of that opportunity by kicking off a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for KS-PRO, a Windows 10 ultra-mobile PC with a Snapdragon 835 and connected keyboard. The UMPC is set for launch in January 2018 for $750.
Embracing the hardware and software features of ARM-based processors, the device was conceived with input from consumers. Based on the KS-PROâ€™s spec sheet, it is safe to assume that the device holds the potential to be a powerhouse mobile device.
Its features include:
- 8-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with Quad HD (2560x1440px) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB storage (plus microSD card slot)
- 12MP front-facing camera with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- 4G LTE connectivity with nano-SIM
- 2 x USB-C
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1
- 5mm audio jack
- Stereo speakers
- QWERTY keyboard (as well as Japanese keyboard option)
- Fingerprint scanner
- Mouse control stick
- 10307mAh battery (â€ś12 hours usageâ€ť quoted) including Quick Charge 4.0 support
- 246 x 150 x 16mm; 640g
Khiron-Sigma says the device is a workhorse that doubles as a luxury device that provides smartphone-class portability and 4G LTE connectivity. It can also run full apps and games such as Photoshop flawlessly, the company adds.
Amid the great number of crowdfunded devices claiming to be a game changer, it will be interesting to see how the KS-PRO fares in the market. Itâ€™s unclear, though, whether the KS Pro is intended to create a UMPC device market or meant only to bring smartphones closer to PCs. One factor, however, that could pose a challenge to its growth is the price point: it might be too hefty for some to stomach.