Chinese Manufacturer Prepping A Skylake CPU Powered Tablet To Take On Surface Pro 4


Microsoft outdid itself when it announced its Surface Pro 4, a Skylake powered tablet with enough horsepower to become a laptop substitute. However, a Chinese manufacturer has taken note of what Microsoft has accomplished and will answer back with its own powerful product.


Cube Is Preparing A Large Screen Tablet That Will Take On Surface Pro 4 – Here Are The Rumored Hardware Specifications

According to a source, Cube is preparing a powerful Surface Pro 4 clone that will be running a 6th generation processor in order to match the processing capabilities of Microsoft’s flagship tablet. The specification details surrounding the leak suggests that the processor is going to be a Core m3-6Y30, which is present in the base model of Microsoft’s flagship slate. While the CPU will be no match for the Core-i5 or Core-i7 processor models, we are glad to know that the upcoming tablet will at least go head to head with the base model.

For those of you who do not know the specifications of Intel’s Core M Skylake processor, they have been detailed in the table below.

Processor detailsIntel Core-m3-6Y30 Processor (4M Cache, up to 2.20 GHz) Intel Core-i5-6300U Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz) Intel Core-i7-6650U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
Cache4MB 3MB4MB
Lithography14nm 14nm 14nm
Number of cores222
Number of threads444
Base processor clock speed900MHz2.4GHz2.2GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.2GHz3GHz3.4GHz
Thermal Design Power (TDP)4.5W15W15W
Memory Types LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600 DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600 DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600
Max number of Memory Channels 222
Max Memory Bandwidth 29.8GB/s 34.1GB/s 34.1GB/s
Processor graphics (or iGPU)Intel HD Graphics 515 Intel HD Graphics 520 Intel HD Graphics 550
Graphics base clock speed300MHz300MHz300MHz
Graphics max dynamic frequency 850MHz1GHz1.05GHz
4K support Yes, at 60Hz Yes, at 60Hz Yes, at 60Hz
DirectX Support YesYesYes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology YesYesYes

As for the remaining specifications, Cube’s mysterious tablet is no doubt going to be running Windows 10, and will have a resolution of 1080p. While there are no details of a screen size, we believe that it will come close to the 12 inch form factor of Surface Pro 4 in order to provide a much more competitive matchup between the two machines. One commendable thing to notice about Cube is that it has kept its hand restrictive on the resolution, in order to keep the price tag competitive, as well as to improve overall battery life.


Additionally, we can also expect that the upcoming Surface Pro 4 competitor will have 4GB of DDR3 RAM, along with 128GB of SSD storage. While the following has not been confirmed, it is highly possible that the upcoming tablet will also provide support for LTE connectivity. Moreover, there could also be a keyboard accessory bundled with the tablet that could feature two fully functional USB 2.0 ports, providing more flexibility to the user. Just like Surface Pro 4, we can also expect a MicroSD card slot.

Unfortunately, we have no word on its pricing but given the fact that it belongs to an unknown Chinese firm, we should expect a much cheaper price tag.