Eve sheds light on plans for its next device
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Eve, the company behind the Spectrum gaming monitor and V 2-in-1, unveiled some of its plans for its next device. Similar to the first V, Eve is planning on designing another 2-in-1. In typical Eve fashion, the device’s design and specifications will be largely driven by community input.
Currently, Eve is taking suggestions from its community base to finalize the design of the upcoming device. The company has settled on 5 different design options and is now “asking people which direction to take.”
In addition to surveying its community for design options, Eve is looking to its supporters for the device’s name. Some popular options on the Eve forums include the “Eve W” and the “Eve Laplacian” (for those mathematicians out there).
Finalizing the name and design will take a bit of time. According to Eve CEO Konstantinos Karatsevidis, there has been an enormous amount of suggestions from the community to sift through. After the design is nailed down, Konstantinos expects prototypes to start appearing at the end of March, barring any other slowdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Outside of design, Eve will also look to the community for hardware decisions. Eve plans to use a 15 W 11th generation Intel CPU (Tiger Lake). The Eve community will also have a say in other key specs, such as Thunderbolt support, eGPU connectivity, port selection, and more.
Eve plans to release the successor to the V in Q4 of this year, which would land it sometime between October and December.
While the company gears up for its next device, it will clearance out its remaining stock of the V 2-in-1. The company is now selling the V for US $779/€779 on its site. The model sold is the higher-end SKU, boasting an Intel Core i7-7Y75, 16 GB LPDDR3 RAM, and a 512 GB PCIe SSD. The unit will also include the pen and keyboard at no additional cost. Karatsevidis confirmed that these units would be shipped directly from Eve’s existing stock and would arrive in a few days.
Anytime Eve is mentioned, the shipping issues that plagued the company’s first device resurface. Notebookcheck asked Karatsevidis how Eve planned to handle any prior orders of the V that had yet to be fulfilled and how Eve plans to mitigate shipped and order fulfillment issues with their new device. Konstantinos stated that Eve has “changed [its] business model completely.]"
Previously, we used to license our design, product, and brand to resellers around the world, and one of the resellers had issues which backfired on us. You can read the full explanation here: https://eve.community/t/we-have-an-announcement-to-make/18324/. We have now also taken measures to take care of these unfortunate customers. You can see the form we posted up here: https://evedevices.com/pages/zendesk-contact.
Karatsevidis also said that Eve’s new business model is completely different from its earlier days:
Our operations are backed by a well-known supply chain company (PCH International) that essentially boosts the scale and capacity of our small team in Finland to those of major tech players by providing fulfillment, sourcing, inventory management, and other services. We are not using 3rd party sellers and a licensing business model this time around. Now we will take care of shipping the product itself as well.
As to those who never received the V they ordered, Karatsevidis said that Eve has “been collecting a list of customers with a problem."
At this point, there are only people left with a refund. Our plan is to either ship out the V gen 2 to them or provide a refund this year. This won't happen again with V2 as now we will be selling directly without third parties involved.
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