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Superbook is the Universal Laptop Dock that transforms your Android smartphone into a laptop.  Get the LIMITED PREORDER PRICE while it lasts! Don't miss out - www.sentio.com
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Nearly March Update - hardware, hardware, and hardware!

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Dear backers and early supporters,

Andrew here, cofounder and CEO of Sentio. I'm writing to you from Barcelona, as we get ready to present The Superbook by Sentio to the folks at Mobile World Congress. We’re finalists for the ‘Disrupted by Mobile Award’, and I have the pleasure of sharing with the world our product - the product that each and everyone of you helped bring to life. However, before we share the Superbook with the world, I think it is only fair that I share it with all of you. So here is a major hardware update for your eyes first. 

First, before diving in, a small request. If you’re at MWC and you are press or work at a telecom, OEM, or related partner in the mobile space, reach out to me directly at andrew@sentio.com or come by our booth at L4.5 in Hall 8, Fira Montjuic. We are in the 4YFN section of MWC, where the startups are.

Second regarding timeline, we are still on track to ship in June. We are in the middle of the tooling process, with the appropriate amount of time set aside for testing, certification, and logistics. Most of our major components are covered for, and we should be seeing our early testing units towards the end of March. Thank you to all of the wonderful backers who have offered to be early testers at the risk of getting slightly less-than-ideal units. While we haven’t confirmed anyone for the program yet (mainly out of other priorities at the moment), you’ll get an email closer to ship date. 

OK, now the good stuff

So with more ado, here are the photos of the updated (and mostly final) design for the Gold superbook (taken on my Pixel, while writing this):

Gold Superbook
Gold Superbook

Side view, showing the power port, type A accessories port, and the type C connector port. Note that these prototypes still need some fine tuning around the fit of the shell, which will get resolved as tooling is being completed. Additionally, as we mentioned in our Backer Slack, the power port is DC instead of a Micro-B as charging via Micro-B USB was incredibly incredibly slow during the testing process. All backers will receive DC chargers fit for their locale. 

Look at that logo <3
Look at that logo <3

Slightly more straight on and you can see how nicely the Sentio logo came out.

Here’s the other side, and you can see just how sleek the new tapered edge is. 

And finally a quick shot from the back. 

The Superbook logo will likely change between now and shipping. We’re experimenting with some ideas, including my personal favorite:

The Gold Superbook in action, along side early prototypes of the Black and Silver. Not pictured here is the Kickstarter Special BLUE which will be revealed after the special batch is made (and then never made again). 

The Keyboard

One thing that will change in the final version of the Superbook is the keyboard layout. We’ve taken the liberty to design our own keyboard layout, complete with a few surprises! :) Here’s the current layout:

Superbook keyboard layout
Superbook keyboard layout

There are a number of unique flourishes on our keyboard. First off, the three Android navigation keys have been updated and sit on the top left side of the keyboard. We also have controls for screen and backlit key brightness (for those of you who upgraded), along with the all purpose ‘Search’ key. We have also put in our Sentio key, which you’ll be able to map with Sentio to do custom keyboard controls.

Quick word on app release

Our latest release is out. Although you won't be able to tell from the app itself, we made some major infrastructure improvements to make the app more stable, along with other framework improvements. One major change to note is that we’ve separated the main ‘OS’ app Sentio from the basic apps pack, Sentio Apps. This is to add additional flexibility and stability to the experience. Check them both out, and let us know about bugs (there are definitely some outstanding) and suggestions. 

Finally, a few other things 

  • In case you missed it, everyone will be getting a new survey to fill out their shipping address a month prior to shipping. If your address changed to somewhere with a higher shipping fee, there will be no extra payments needed - we got you.
  • Have you joined our Backer community on Slack yet? If not, request an invite!
  • We’re posting preview videos and photos of the Superbook on our Instagram - follow us to get the latest.
  • The Superbook is up for the ‘Innovations in Connecting People’ award at SXSW. Let us know if you’ll be there to root us on!

Until next time, and with undying love,

❤ Team Sentio

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    1. Andromium Inc. 2-time creator on March 24, 2017

      Hi everybody, it's Anna from Team Sentio!

      We know there's been some issues signing up to the community Slack channel, so we made a new link: bit.ly/backerslack

      Again, we'd like to remind everyone that since we're hard at work focusing on getting the Superbook made + shipped that you send us all your urgent questions and comments to hello@sentio.com. That said, we'll also be upping our Kickstarter presence too (especially as we get closer to the shipping date).

      See you in the April monthly update - we have lots of exciting things to share ;)

      - Anna

    2. David Kvist on March 22, 2017

      Slack-link is broken.

      Please make the unit chargeable through USB.
      The Lenovo Miix series windows tablet have charging port 19V but can also charge through microUSB.

      Since you have changed charger.
      What was the specs of the original charger and what's the specs of the new one (Mainly Voltage and amperage).

      Finally, how does one go about requesting a refund? This is unaccetable since the main point of me getting this was to limit the amount of things I had to pack when travling. I can just bring my laptop now instead.

    3. Abdallah Sola on March 21, 2017

      Doesn't support apple ios10?

    4. Ion Freeman on March 21, 2017

      @Peter Buzas I also failed on the Slack link.

    5. Ion Freeman on March 21, 2017

      Can it charge through the USB-C port? Is it QuickCharge 3.0 compatible? QuickCharge 4.0 is on its way. So many products seem to charge fine with micro USB that there's probably a solution to your troubles. It does seem that backers are getting impatient with changes ad delays, though.

    6. Quirken on March 21, 2017

      is the screen matte? I strongly prefer matte LCDs most of the time and that doesn't look glossy but it could be the camera

    7. Pieter Debucquoy on March 19, 2017

      would pay more for usb-c charge... no problem !!!

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      Peter Buzas on March 18, 2017

      Slack invite link posted here is not working...

    9. Bader altamimi on March 17, 2017

      Thanks for your hard working and I did visit your booth , you guys were awesome and caring , the super book was really interesting and I saw it in reality its amazing and I want to thank Mr Luke Xie for explaining more about super book , I wish the best for you

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      Ian Brown on March 17, 2017

      Can we choose a different colour? I really like the dark blue on your website, but this was not an option when I backed: http://www.sentio.com/bae4d79f242d6ec1216da6808cf1926c.png
      Please confirm, thanks, Ian

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      Jared Kitcher on March 15, 2017

      The change to a DC adapter is very dissapointing. Why not use USB-C for this and standard connection?

    12. Brian Levinsen
      Superbacker
      on March 14, 2017

      I would be willing to add extra, but the Type-C port needs to be built in. this is not an Apple device so no adapter please.

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      Radu on March 14, 2017

      Everything becomes more and more disappointing: shipping in June, standard DC charger, keyboard - finally it will become a standard computer...

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      Bill Gee on March 14, 2017

      shipping in june???? Why not offer changes in version 2.
      This delay is unacceptable.
      Refund please.

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      Paul Ton on March 14, 2017

      USB C charging would be a huge positive even if not included. I strongly dislike proprietary connectors.

    16. Shai Alon on March 9, 2017

      I don't have time to read all these updates.
      When will you be shipping the product I "backed" (purchased)?
      If it's not any time soon, can I just get a refund and be done with it?

    17. Ray Sanders on March 9, 2017

      You've repeatedly changed specs on this, and what is being offered departs significantly from what many backers wanted. Not sure about other folks, but I'm about to start a class action since repeated requests for a refund have been blown off.

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      Marcel Mertens on March 9, 2017

      As others I backed for the original specs which made the device ideal for travel. One charger, one type cable for everything. So type c would be really preferred and not a standard DC connector but if so please use a standard connector and voltage so we could reuse standard chargers we have lying around.
      Secondly, honestly I hate logos whether on cars or on laptops. The smaller and premium the better. I understand proudness but please keep the logo small and on the case the font 10 times smaller! It would contribute to a premium look and feel.

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      Petrovič Uroš on March 9, 2017

      I am getting more and more disappointed with this. First it gets delayed...and now a stupid proprietary charger! Make it charge via usb-c or let it charge slowly through usb-b( still better than fast proprietary ). Seriously...

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      George Y on March 6, 2017

      I need the micro B charging. Otherwise, I would like a refund.

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      rommel003 on March 5, 2017

      @Creators, the gold Superbook is looking really great. how can i change my order from blue to gold? thank you, and great job in the execution thus far. i am good with using a DC charger. what's important for me right now is to receive my SB in June. i will be traveling quite a bit in the summer. thank you!

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      MTH on March 2, 2017

      @Andrew \o/ ...and thx for the info!

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      Gary Burke on March 2, 2017

      @Andrew thanks for the update.

      For most products, v1 is normally 'adequate'. v2 or v3 then have numerous improvements to make it a much better device. You're already going for the v2 by delaying the initial launch. IMHO, I'd prefer the v2 or v3 device - something more that just 'adequate', something that's actually 'right'.

      Hopefully once you source USB-C charging you'll find that you can offer it at the current price. You may find that it's prohibitively expensive too, or you may find that you can offer it but need to charge us more.

      So, find out the options and come back to us and let us know. I know I'd be willing to pay a little extra for USB charging, but not much - $5. At a stretch, $10, but that would be a stretch.

    24. Andromium Inc. 2-time creator on March 2, 2017

      Hi everyone, I realize that the reaction to our announcement on hardware is that a lot of backers feel strongly for USB charging. When we launched the Superbook, we priced out charging the Superbook using a Micro-B port. The cost of the component and implementation was reasonable, which made providing the product at the $99 pricing possible. *Type C charging was always out of the realm of possibility, mainly due to price of implementation.*

      For Micro-B charging, in our latest testing the charging took far too long. At 6500 x 7.4v, the Micro-B charger we’re able to source would take 10+ hours to charge the Superbook. For those of you asking why smartphones can charge faster, standard smartphones use roughly 10 to 11 whr of capacity, while the Superbook requires roughly 4x the capacity (6500 × 7.4v) = ~48whr.

      So the option was to either charge for 10-11 hours via Micro-B or charge faster using a DC port. We chose to go with the standard DC port for a number of reasons, but of course we know there are people that would have preferred to put up with 2-3x the charging times to get USB charging. For us, the primary thought was that most people would charge the Superbook at home or at work and then take it with them (without the charger) when they need to be mobile.

      However, we also recognize and hear you, our backer and supporter community. One solution we’ve come up with for those of you that really want USB C charging and are willing to pay for it is that we can source an adapter that would make USB C charging from a high quality USB C cord possible. We are still early in the sourcing phase, without estimate of how much the adapter would cost, but we’ll have more information for everyone as soon as we get it. Right now it seems possible and a working balance for us to strike between offering a working solution and not having the cost make the project economically unfeasible.

      More to come, but also I’ll be on Backer Slack (bit.ly/superbookbackers) to answer as many questions as needed.

      - Andrew

    25. Andromium Inc. 2-time creator on March 2, 2017

      @MTH - no worries, you'll be able to change the keyboard configuration via software (and physically using decals)

    26. Andromium Inc. 2-time creator on March 2, 2017

      @Peter Vel - you'll be able to FN lock via software :)

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      Nils on March 1, 2017

      @MTH and @ Dmitri The keyboard layout will be US only but you will get stickers for your preferred keyboard layout, as is stated in numerous updates already :)

    28. Peter Vel on March 1, 2017

      If I understand correctly, the Fn key does lock, which at least would enable normal vim-usage of the escape key, is that correct?

    29. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on February 28, 2017

      great update, thanks!

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      Dmitri Kudryavtsev on February 28, 2017

      It's nice to see your keyboard layout and additional keys for Android menu clone. But.

      Did you think about international users when put letters on center of the keys? First thing I'll do when get my Superbook is going to laser engraving service to add Russian layout there.

      But I'm confused:
      - all photos of SB above have English letters on upper left corner of key (ready to add national letters to lower right corner (this is correct)
      - final layout render have centered letters and there's no place to engrave additional layout there

      Which one of the pictures is right?

    31. Faiq Hussain on February 28, 2017

      @scott with programs and cpu's requiring more demand in computing I can viably see why during their fine tuning they found that having to change power supply was needed. I would like the fact to be able to charge while working on the book. imagine as the power goes down while you charge and then having to wait longer to charge because of the slow charge. Also not all usb cables are made the same and while it is neat to have only one type of cable it might be could idea to have a reliable charging cable. Don't forget you still have the battery that can last quite a while.
      Cheers mate

    32. Scott Levey
      Superbacker
      on February 28, 2017

      guys jump on https://superbookbackers.slack.com/messages/general_discussion/

      they are there and talking and responding to me as we speak

    33. R. Morgan on February 28, 2017

      I agree that it would be fantastic to have USB charging (B or C) but so long as the DC adapter is a STANDARD one, it should be fine. Make it something that a standard multi-voltage DC charger can power and we should be fine.

      https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Adapter70W-Connectors-Notebooks-Ultrabook/dp/B012N3TPW0/

      Just as an example.

    34. Scott Levey
      Superbacker
      on February 28, 2017

      I am NOT happy. You have changed why I originally backed this product. I SPECIFICALLY wanted to use a cable that I have with me at all times. Yes charging may have been slow, however that is why the product that was originally backed, had one cable to use for both phone/headphones/superbook.

      How does one go about requesting a refund?

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      MTH on February 28, 2017

      Do I see this right, there will be US keyboard layout only? Now that would be a big minus. TBH I have not made my mind about keyboard layout, when supporting, but realizing this now is a big disappointment. I mean, have you haver programmed or written a text, even a short e-mail, with another keyboard layout than yours? This ends in 'search-the-right-key-combination' game. My hope using the Superbook as lightweight traveling machine (I am a book author) has vanished all of a sudden. So this nice little gadget will be good only for playing android games then... okay. So hopefully the ebay prices will stay stable for a while after the Superbook is out, so I can get rid of it with not too big losses :-)

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      MarAnn Pie on February 28, 2017

      OK, I'm pretty sure I got the "gold" Superbook and I upgraded, (I might have gotten 2?) I can't even remember its been awhile! I am trusting that I will get what I'm supposed to get when I'm supposed to get it but I am SUPER excited!!!!

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      Hector Silva
      Superbacker
      on February 28, 2017

      USB Type C charging PLEASE.

      Let's not go backward with a barrel jack. It will be ONE MORE adapter to lug around with us.

      With a barrel jack, this is just a netbook with the phone being the "brain" of the operation.

      If one has to take around another adapter rather than a travel charger that has USB Type C, this is going to be a setback for the target demographic.

      When I am traveling 'light' I take ONE Travel charger with me (which has two Type C, two USB out) and also have a 20000maH battery that has USB-C (in/out), micro B QC (in) and 2 full-size USB-A ports (out)
      With that, I can charge both phones and iPad + keyboard case that would be replaced by the Superbook.

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      quentin d on February 28, 2017

      ps. you dont need a massive logo to be proud of your device. keep the styalised S on the inside like the pic... on the outside, just a small font word. keep it simple, keep it classry, stay tight.
      no need to shout, the product will speak for itself :)

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      quentin d on February 28, 2017

      agree with usb charging (usb-c or not, its better than another adapter and a major selling point)
      agree with needing an esc (its a KEY requirement. badum-tish. (but seriously, it is))
      the function key needs to be on the left bottom (move the search button, whatever that is for)
      all the keyboard altering functions have traditionally been bottom left, ie control/alt/meta/fn

      if you really need a search button, use fn-something to do it? eg fn-` or something one-handed
      also, fn-backspace could be delete, freeing up a key.

      but mainly; esx and usb-charging.

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      Jason Montleon on February 28, 2017

      Another vote for an ESC key or reassurance there will be a way to remap the key in the upper corner would be awesome. vim without ESC would be awful.

    41. JJ on February 28, 2017

      If the FN key can be a FN key lock then it should be fine but if it needs to be pressed every time that's a stupid move. On my Thinkpad in the BIOS I can choose to have the FN keys as primarily the FN keys and the Fn button activates the other controls (media controls, screen brightness etc) or I can have it the other way around (which is the default). You need to be able to toggle them with a lock (similar to a caps/num lock) if they are not able to be dedicated keys.

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      Christopher Gaul on February 27, 2017

      Everything looks great with one exception.
      After using a Chromebook for a while, I can confirm that any keyboard without proper ESC, DEL, and Function Keys WILL be a PITA at some point IRL.
      SSH terminals, VNC sessions, etc.

      However, thanks for having decent ENTER and SHIFT keys.

    43. Yazz D. Atlas
      Superbacker
      on February 27, 2017

      @Joe Kislo I agree with you. I'm willing to have slow charging over a DC adapter that I may lose. If you travel the chances of losing the DC adapter is real. I already own a huge USB power brick. I was hoping I could use it to extend the Superbooks time while traveling. Now that won't happen. I'll need a AC plug or even a bigger power brick with an inverter built in.

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      Aisha on February 27, 2017

      blah blah blah... yes, it'll be great if I can use the USB C port to charge... blah blah blah...

      But look at that "personal favorite" logo! I love it! :]

    45. Yazz D. Atlas
      Superbacker
      on February 27, 2017

      Humm. So charging via a DC adapter. Why not usb-c? I really don't want to carry a DC adapter. Also does the keyboard still have an escape key? I can't be the only geek who will miss that.

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      Joe K on February 27, 2017

      There two things that surprise me about this latest update:

      1) Communication: Micro-B USB based charging was explicitly listed in the original description. While we all understand this kickstarter and things can "happen", when you make such a major product change you owe it to your backers to explain why and not try to hide it in an update saying you explained it in some other forum. Kickstarter updates are the right forum. Micro-B charging rates are well known, once you knew the maH of the internal battery the charge times are easily computed, this should not have been a surprise. Anybody who carries a 10,000maH battery bank when traveling knows it's slow to charge, that's OK.

      2) Product Success: Not having Micro-B (or USB-C or some USB based cable) as a charging mechanism is a fairly fatal blow to what market I thought you were targeting: small and convenient travel laptop replacement. There are plenty of mini-laptops available, if people wanted to carry a A/C power brick, they would bring one of these. Without USB based charging, people can't charge where there isn't an A/C source such as on a car, on a bus, on a boat or in a foreign country. Making people carry a separate A/C brick (and an inverter?) breaks the convenience of your package. I feel like that was your biggest advantage. Macbooks can charge via USB-C. Even given the speed of Micro-B, I think most people I see in the comments would take it over proprietary. I agree. If others feel the same, please comment.

      Engage with your backers, we're here to help you be successful. When we're disappointed, it's because we care.

    47. JJ on February 27, 2017

      @Peter. Your headphones plug into your phone. Superbook is an external screen, keyboard, trackpad and USB hub for your phone. Everything else is via the phone (network, audio, BT etc.).

    48. JJ on February 27, 2017

      Ugghhh. DC charger. Really? It's hard enough being in a non US or EU country and getting decent AC adaptors for USB charging let alone having to source proprietary ones. Either figure out the USB-C charging and do it properly or just give us the slow old micro-B.

    49. David Stosik on February 27, 2017

      "its possible to mistakenly plug in the charging C plug into the USB-C connector (the one meant for the phone) which would fry the PCB board"

      Not if you implemented USB-C correctly. A 2016 MacBook Pro has 4 USB-C ports, can charge from any of them, and they all can also be used to plug in and charge peripherals.

      USB-C power negociation is a thing, and if there's a risk frying my Superbook by plugging in a USB-C charger in its USB-C port, then you're doing something wrong.

    50. David Stosik on February 27, 2017

      USB-C charging and ESC key please!

      1. Why would you ship a charger that would work only on Superbook, and require service parts in case it breaks, whereas USB-C would be standard and allow users to carry less?

      2. Even though most Android keyboards don't have an ESC key, this would be vital for some of the uses I'm picturing. Example: I plan to SSH to servers, and use command line, vim, etc. a lot. No ESC key in standard location would make it a pain.