What really happened to the Eve V? Its manufacturer finally explains itself
The Eve V campaign resulted in great excitement for many consumers interested in a powerful convertible or 2-in-1 PC, but without the high prices leveled by many established OEMs who offered them. The company behind the new prospect, Eve, asserted that its new machine was crowd-designed as well as crowd-funded in order to give the buyer the best experience with the specs most important to them.
During its pre-order and sales periods, the Eve V was often compared to the Surface Pro 6 - but at about US$1000 less than this well-regarded convertible. However, it seemed that the spiel was too good to be true for many who ordered it. Numerous points of feedback led to observations that Eve exhibited extreme delays in shipping its products, including those that were paid for through the website eve-tech.com.
Eve has finally offered an explanation for this behavior. It seems that a licensing partner, Fortress Tech Distribution (FTD), had been beset by various supply chain-related problems that ultimately led to the by-now famous fulfilment issues. For example, it is now claimed that FTD had had its funds frozen by applicable payment processors, thus leading to the considerable delays in Eve V product deliveries.
The company also asserted that it has been unable to maintain transparency about this situation due to an NDA linked to "heavy penalties". However, this agreement is now clearly expired, as Eve has announced that it will suspend the relevant licensing model in favor of a direct-sales approach in conjunction with a new partner, PCH International. Accordingly, a new website (www.evedevices.com) has been set up to take orders for the Eve V - as well as the OEM's other upcoming products - in the near future.
A second-generation convertible is reportedly among these new items. Currently known as the Eve V2, it is said to sport more Thunderbolt ports compared to its predecessor, as well as improvements in terms of keyboard durability. Tom's Hardware claims to have exclusive word that Eve is currently considering either Intel U-series chips or "next-gen AMD laptop CPUs" as processing options for this upcoming PC.