A major concern for consumers is that the compatibility issues with Windows 10 on ARM outweighed the benefits of the longer battery life, meaning they just did not see the value proposition.

One way to address this is to fix the compatibility issues, but this is of course very difficult given how vast and diverse the Win32 platform is.

The other is to simply reduce the price of Windows 10 on ARM devices to a level where users are willing to put up with the occasional driver issues and not being able to run high-end 64bit X86 applications.

Till now most Windows 10 in ARM devices have been priced at least at comparable if not more expensive than Intel devices, but NotebookItalia has discovered a wave of low-cost Chinese devices at the Global Sources Electronics Fair 2019, which will be hitting the market very soon which will change the playing field dramatically.

Manufactured by an ODM called Weibu, the devices appear to address every price point and form factor.

Weibu H116QA-MT with Snapdragon 850

The Weibu H116QA-MT has an 11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display. It is a Surface clone with a kickstand on the back, Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC up to 2.96GHz, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2, 2MP webcam and a limited set of interfaces including USB Type-C and audio jack, a microSD card slot and one for the SIM card. The Weibu H116QA-MT  has a 4000 mAh battery and of course, runs Windows 10 on ARM.

Weibo H123GA-MT with Snapdragon 850

The Weibu H123GA-MT  has a 12.3-inch 2K  (3000 x 2000 pixels) IPS display. It is a Surface clone with a kickstand on the back, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC up to 2.96GHz, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2, 2MP webcam and a limited set of interfaces including USB Type-C and audio jack, a microSD card slot and one for the SIM card. The Weibu H123GA-MT   has a 5000 mAh battery and of course, runs Windows 10 on ARM.

Weibu QT108QA-MT

The Weibu QT108QA-MT is a 10.8 inch tablet with a Full HD display (2560 x 1600 pixels) display and keyboard cover. It weighs 700 grams and measures 259.8 x 175.8 x 8.5 mm and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor up to 2.96GHz, with 4 / 8GB and 128/256 / 512GB of UFS 2.1 memory. There is also a 13MP camera on the back with autofocus.

Weibu H133Q-MT

The Weibu H133Q-MT is a clamshell notebook powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels) , 2MP webcam and 5000 mAh battery. It also features a USB Type-C port, an audio jack, a slot for microSD cards and one for the SIM card, as well as WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

Weibu H133QA-YD

The Weibu H133QA-YD is a convertible Yoga-style notebook powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels) , 2MP webcam and 5000 mAh battery. It also features a USB Type-C port, an audio jack, a slot for microSD cards and one for the SIM card, as well as WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

Weibu says they are working closely with Qualcomm and that the devices are expected to hit the market by the end of the year, likely rebadged by other OEMs, followed by devices powered by the Snapdragon 8cx platform next year.

See NotebookItalia’s video of the event below:

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