Robo & Kala is the Surface Pro we wish Microsoft would make
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We often throw around the phrase “Surface Pro Killer” pretty much every time someone makes a new Windows tablet. I won’t do that here, but I have to say the Robo & Kala is a really impressive Windows tablet.
I know what you’re thinking. That what? Might as well ask, “Who?” Because Robo & Kala is both the name of the company and the name of the product. The company is a startup that was founded a few years ago and has only one product so far.
It’s also a Windows on Arm tablet running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset. In fact, it’s only the fourth device of this kind, the top three being the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 with 5G, and the Windows Dev Kit (formerly Project Volterra).
Let’s talk about how cool this thing is and how much better it is than a Surface Pro 9 with 5G.
First things first, but as you can see it comes in blue and green colors. The spec sheet I received also lists black and silver which I have been assured will be available soon and Robo & Kala is also working on other colors such as pink.
But just look at this profile. Notice something? There is no gap like the Surface Pro 9 with 5G. This is a tablet designed with Snapdragon, much like the Surface Pro X. However, when Microsoft put its new Arm tablet under the Surface Pro 9 umbrella, it was important to have the same chassis for the Snapdragon model and the Intel model, which means it had to be designed for the lowest common denominator: Intel. That means the Surface Pro 9 with 5G is thicker than the Surface Pro X, and it even has a fake gap where the air vents are on the Pro 9.
But that’s not the case with Robo & Kala. At 7.3mm thick and 690g, this tablet is both thinner and lighter than a Surface Pro 9 with 5G.
The chassis isn’t all better than a Surface Pro 9 with 5G. It also has a better display that is AMOLED. In fact, when you look at this device, the colors just jump out at you. It’s 12.6 inches tall and has an aspect ratio of 16:10, not the 3:2 you’d expect from a product like this. The resolution is 2,560 x 1,600.
The camera seemed solid from my time with it. It’s 5MP like on a Surface Pro 9, which is great. Strangely, Windows Studio effects weren’t included in the camera app.
One thing you will notice, however, is that the top and bottom bezels are much smaller. Microsoft says it needs a bigger top bezel to make room for the better webcam and IR camera, but it doesn’t seem necessary. Of course, the keyboard also lies flat, so the bottom frame doesn’t have to be there for the keyboard to rest against it.
I played around a bit with the keyboard, which has 1.3mm of key travel. It is very good. In fact, the Robo & Kala is just awesome. I really hope this company gets some traction.
But there you have it. Imagine a Surface Pro 9 with 5G, except it comes in the colors of the Intel model, it’s thinner, it’s lighter, it has an AMOLED display and it has narrower bezels. Oh wait, and let’s not forget the ever-popular rounded corners, another thing the Surface Pro 9 doesn’t have.
Currently, the Robo & Kala 2-in-1 laptop is only available for kickstarters. For a thousand dollars, you get the tablet, keyboard, and pen, and the specs are a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. I’ve been told it will be arriving on Amazon soon, but unsurprisingly it will cost more.