It is a machine which dates, it had been presented to us before the Pandemic of Covid 19. In October 2019 to be precise. At this date, the Pipo W10 did not have a precise name yet, it was announced by the brand to be marketed in an uncertain future. It is now available for import.
On paper, the Pipo W10 is interesting. The solution offers a 10.1 inch screen in 1920 x 1000 pixels. An IPS touch panel with support for an active stylus. The whole thing is powered by an ARM solution from Qualcomm associated with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
It’s literally a clone of Microsoft’s Windows 10 ARM Surface solutions. It features the color of the shell, the detachable keyboard, the tablet stand, the overall look, the logical core and even the functions of the device with Wifi5 and 4G operation. Everything seems to come out of Microsoft’s assemblies, but it is indeed a device signed by Pipo. A brand that we have known for years to propose solutions that oscillate between the rebadged noname1 and more or less serious and original home-made solutions.
This Pipo W10 therefore monkeys the Surface with advanced features such as support for an active stylus with 1024 pressure levels, an object that you’ll have to think about recharging from time to time since it doesn’t use Wacom-type magnetic technology. However, Pipo indicates that it will offer up to 200 days of autonomy.
The shelf measures 25.5 cm wide by 17.0 cm high and 9.5 mm deep. It weighs 630 grams bare, without its detachable keyboard dock. Its connectivity is limited with a classic 12V mini jack power supply, a USB Type-C port, a combo audio jack port and a SIM card and MicroSDXC card reader. It offers two webcams with a 2MP model on the front and another one in 5 MP on the back.
I won’t put in parallel a machine like this Pipo W10 and a solution of big brands. I don’t have enough information to judge the quality of the tablet. But, in general, the ARM productions proposed by the classical industry are very well built. Nevertheless, it is a great difference from a price point of view. The proof that it is possible to build such solutions under Windows 10 that do not start at $800.
The other concern comes from the irreparability of this type of object cumulated to the fact that it will probably be totally impossible to change system. With Pipo as a source of technical updates, I’m afraid that this Pipo W10 will never see the shadow of an OTA and will remain frozen in this beginning of 2021 like in a bottle of formaldehyde.