Eve V 2020: Eve Devices updates its fans on the latest developments on the 2-in-1's keyboard
Eve Devices is currently in the process of finishing its second-generation V, a putative Microsoft Surface alternative with a crowd-designed USP. It has released multiple updates on its official community website as to how this process is going, paying special attention to how both its main tablet body and attachable keyboard will look and act, ostensibly for its fans' approval.
The latest such post has turned back to the latter half of the upcoming convertible. Earlier, Eve Devices had prepared 4 different concept designs for its fans to vote on, then proceeded to suggest simply re-using that of its first generation instead. Now, it appears that the V 2020's keyboard is in fact to be neither of these things.
Instead, the OEM claims to have found that a combination of aspects cherry-picked from 2 of the concepts (specifically, the plastic build of the "Oreo" with the inward-rolled edges from the "Wrap") is the optimal construction, particularly in terms of its pairing to the rest of the V 2020. Eve has noted that this will result in a look much like that of its predecessor, albeit more "refined".
The first-gen V keyboard had Bluetooth, thus allowing it to work independent of docking with the tablet. However, Eve Devices is now mulling the removal of this feature in its successor, citing weight and cost disadvantages as well as issues relating to connectivity and charging. Then again, the company has also hinted at the possibility of ordering a keyboard with and without the necessary radio with a new V 2020.
Finally, the new update also contains a list of polls that allows users to volunteer the special or alternative Fn-key operations they would like to see in the eventual new keyboard. They include navigation (e.g. Home, PgUp/Dwn), hardware controls (backlighting controls, wireless or I/O kill switches, sleep and so on) or Windows shortcuts (open Calculator, for example) options. Eve Devices has indicated that it may find space for the more popular of them on its new product.