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Onda unveils oBook 11 Pro Surface Book clone

Onda unveils oBook 11 Pro Surface Book clone
Onda unveils oBook 11 Pro Surface Book clone
The 11.6-inch oBook 11 Pro and 10-inch oBook 10 Plus from the Chinese manufacturer strongly resemble the Microsoft Surface Book down to the fulcrum hinge.

The Surface Book is Microsoft's hot new laptop convertible, so it was perhaps just a matter of time before mimics and unofficial copies of the design made their way into the market. Chinese manufacturer Onda has announced the oBook 11 Pro and oBook 10 Plus with a strikingly similar design to the Surface Book


Instead of a 13.5-inch Pixelsense 3:2 display with a dense 3000 x 2000 resolution panel on the official Surface Book, the oBook 11 Pro is equipped with a smaller 11.6-inch 16:9 FHD display. Stylus inputs are supported and the tablet portion can be removed by pressing a button on the hinge. The fulcrum hinge design on the Surface Book looks to be a carbon copy on the Onda equivalent.

Other hardware differences include the Core m3-6Y30 CPU and 4 GB RAM compared to the Core i7 and 16 GB options on the actual Surface Book. The cut corners go even further as the NVMe SSD of the Surface Book is now a smaller 64 GB eMMC. Ports include MicroSD, USB 3.0, and Micro-HDMI with Bluetooth 4.0, 2 MP front-facing camera, and wireless-n. Features like Nvidia graphics, secondary battery packs, and Windows Hello are not available on the Onda notebook.


Prices and launch dates have not yet been announced. The notebook should appeal to those who like the design and functionality of the Surface Book and are more than happy with the comparatively weaker performance. It remains to be seen whether or not the the workmanship and hardware will be as good as the real deal from Microsoft.

In addition to the oBook 11 Pro, Onda will be launching the slightly smaller oBook 10 Plus as well. This 10-inch detachable netbook will have a higher resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels with an Atom x5 Z8300 processor. Other features like its 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC are identical to its bigger sibling. 


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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-04-25 (Update: 2016-04-25)