Update, March 5th - Gole1-Plus arrived for unboxing and review.
Update Jan. 16th - Gole confirmed that the battery inside Gole1 Plus will have 6000 mAh (and not 5000, as previously reported).
One of the most interesting devices launched last year was Gole1, an interesting concept that raised quite some interest (and some money, too, in a successful IndieGoGo campaign).
But in the tech world things move fast, and Gole is naturally using the feedback got from the Gole1 backers and clients to build a better product - this is how Gole1 Plus was born.
Gole1 Plus gets a bigger screen, better battery life and a better SoC, a slicker design, without an external antenna and without the plastic buttons Gole1 has - and this time it will be Windows-only.
CPU: Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8350(2M Cache, up to 1.92 GHz)
GPU: Intel® HD Graphics (200 MHz base, 500Mhz max)
RAM: 4GB DDR3
ROM: 64GB Nand
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n (Dual Band)
USB: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
Audio/Video: HDMI, speaker, Headphone Jack, SD card (128Gb max)
Other: Bluetooth 4.0, 8 inch 800*1280, 8-points touch; 1 X 8 Ohm speaker
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Let's put a bit Gole1 side by side with the new Gole 1 Plus:
|SoC||Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 Quad Core 1.84GHz||Intel Atom x5-Z8350(2M Cache, up to 1.92 GHz)|
|RAM||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3|
|ROM||64GB Nand||64GB Nand (128 optional)|
|Display||5 inch, 1280x720||8 inch, 1280x800 IPS|
|Wi-Fi||dual band, 2.4G/5.0G, external antenna||dual band, 2.4G/5.0G, internal antenna|
|USB 2.0||3 ports||2 ports|
|USB 3.0||1 port||1 port|
|Battery||2600 mAh||6000 mAh|
|Size (cm)||13.50 X 9.0 X 2.0||19.86 X 13.6 X 2.7|
|OS||Windows 10 (32 bit), Android 4.4||Windows 10 (64 bit|
There are also subtle differences - the volume buttons and the on/off buttons are on Gole1 Plus metallic and placed on the right, and not the plastic buttons Gole1 has just below the screen. This means the display itself looks better now with it's smaller bezels.
The Gole1 Plus device could be raised using two round metal poles, which are included, so you can use it, for instance, to keep an eye on something (CCTV camera, baby cam, favorite soap opera) while you're in the kitchen.
The external wi-fi antenna is gone, this will also contribute to a better looking device, hopefully the signal strength will be at least as the same level as for Gole1.
I'm sad to see the microUSB port go, as this means the only way you'll be able to charge the Gole1 Plus will be through it's DC adapter (5V,3A) - Gole1 could be charged both via micro-USB or DC-In.
The screen size was one of the drawbacks for Gole1, and I'm certain that the new 8-inch device will perform better on daily tasks, such as surfing the web and will be better fitted for most use cases.
While several key features dubled in size from Gole1 to Gole1Plus, pricing did not.
Pricing will be at around $200 for Gole1 Plus, so not a big increase from the previous model.
We should be able to review Gole1 Plus, so please follow us on twitter (or check back in a few weeks) if you're interested in the product.