Allwinner presents their latest ARM Powered Laptop platform, the Azpen Hybrx is a 11.6’’ laptop powered by Allwinner A64, 64bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and Remix OS 2.0, it comes in 2 versions 1GB RAM+16GB Flash and 2GB RAM+32GB Flash. Azpen Hybrx was crowdfunded successfully on Kickstarter starting at only $69, with mass production and shipping to happen now and towards September/November.
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MegooPad A02 is a HDMI stick powered by Allwinner A83T Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 and PowerVR SGX544MP1 GPU, runs Remix OS 2.0, it comes with 2 version, 1GB RAM, 16GB Flash and 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, with Micro SD card reader support up to 128GB, , with 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, support 1080P high definition video decoding and output, early bird price from $39 on Indiegogo now.
AOC is a major monitor display manufacturer, they are partnering with Jide to sell the AmLogic S905 quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 based All-in-one PC, the price will be “not much more than the regular price of the monitor itself”. It includes 4 USB ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio mini-jack input and output. The HDMI port is an input so one can use the monitor to run any external PC or Set-top-box. There is a switch button on the back to go back and forward between the HDMI input and the built-in Remix OS experience. This is an interview with Ben, one of the co-founders of Jide, about this product and about the actual status of Remix OS in the industry and how Jide is striving to be at the forefront of using Android for productivity.
The world’s most affordable usable Laptop. It’s ARM Powered, it runs Remix OS 2.0 on Allwinner A64 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, with an ARM Mali400MP2 GPU, with a decent 11.6″ 1366×768 display, a good keyboard and a basic mousepad (better mousepad option can be used), 1GB RAM and 8GB Flash, with 2GB RAM and more Flash options also possible. The price for this laptop can be as low as $79 to $99 if mass produced in huge volumes in the weeks/months to come, depending on the 1GB or 2GB RAM and depending on the installed Flash storage capacity (8GB, 16GB or 32GB), depending on the installed battery capacity/quality (battery life) and depending on the mousepad quality. There is also an about $20 higher priced 14.1″ Allwinner A64 Remix OS 2.0 Laptop alternative available. The price totally depends on which distributor takes this platform and distribute it where and what profit margins they decide to take. If the demand is high, this Allwinner A64 Remix OS Laptop will be fully funded on crowdfunding platforms, then available in all retail stores and available as an impulse buy at supermarkets around the world. This, I think, is the big chance for Allwinner to make their A64 processor super popular. Also they have a nice open mold design 2-in-1 Laptop Tablet convertible design that should be bulk priced also below $99 with an 11.6″ IPS touch screen, and also a decent keyboard and mousepad. The Remix OS team has already provided very stable support with many over-the-air updates on the 64bit Allwinner A64 platform as it’s used in the very popular crowdfunded and mass produced Remix Mini which I previously filmed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNAHH3EpO_w
Sunchip shows their Box with Remix OS on Amlogic S905 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, with 1GB RAM, 2GB RAM optional, 8GB Flash, comes with 3*USB, SD card reader, WiFi, Lan, HDMI. Support 4K H.265 decoding, bulk price from $35 for 1000pcs order, mass production ready now.
You can contact Sunchip here:
Kobe Chen, Sales Manager
Mobile: +86 13751103656
Phone: +86 755 26733959
Launching now on Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/unuiga it’s a 64bit Amlogic S905 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-450 MP5 GPU, runs Remix OS 2.0 Android for productivity, with two options:
$30 Unuiga S905: 1GB RAM, 16GB Flash, 802.11n Wi-Fi
$45 Unuiga S905+: 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Early birds, first 100 orders get $5 discount. Add to that Shipping price and you may have to pay import duty when receiving the package, depending on which country you receive it at, it’s shipped worldwide from Shenzhen, China. Read more at http://igg.me/at/unuiga
Read more and order one at http://igg.me/at/unuiga
Remix OS is shown here running super smoothly on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A57 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, here on a tablet reference.
With $1.6 Million successful Kickstarter funding, shipping to their backers within weeks, Jide shows Remix Mini, a 64bit ARM Desktop PC TV Box! It’s real, I am publishing this video using a review sample of it (let me know in the comments what I should test in my review video!) They sold some at $40 to their early backers on Kickstarter, in total 21 thousand people have ordered it. The Remix team is based in Beijing, they have worked on a beautiful and amazing Desktop-like UI for Android, it really feels like a Desktop computer. Remix Mini supports every Android app. Apps open in windows in the UI, some apps open by default in full screen but mostly can be set to only open as a window (right click on app and change app to open in window). Remix Mini ships with Allwinner’s new 64bit ARMv8 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 capable of playing back HEVC H265 in 4K. This is the beginning of Android being used for productivity!
Allwinner shows Remix OS Ultratablet at IFA 2015 running on their Allwinner A83 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7, 11.6″ full HD display, full QWERTY keyboard dock, with 2 USB ports, running the Modified Android 5.1 Remix OS with productivity-optimized windowing and multi-tasking functions to use as a tablet for entertainment and also for work as laptop. Allwinner demonstrates this form factor with apps to support any Microsoft office documents and multiple window tasks with full QWERTY keyboard. This may be the most affordable 2-in-1 platform ready for mass production.
Remix Android presented on this Jide 11.6” tablet that was launched on Kickstarter. Remix presents a multi-window UI and they say firmware-level changes to Android for combining tablet apps with productivity features for the Android convertible. Jide Remix is being made by a large software team in Beijing headed by 3 ex-Googlers and it is being manufactured by Foxconn. For now it’s Nvidia Tegra4 based, and they are designing a next generation with a faster ARM processor and with a design that doesn’t look as similar to a Microsoft Surface tablet.
I hope somehow I can get my Chromebook Plus before MWC. Seems unlikely, Amazon.com and B&H don’t have any in stock (I need it shipped here to Europe, I should probably have ordered it on Samsung.com or Bestbuy.com and forwarded to Europe using Borderlinx or another similar package US-to-Europe forwarding service, but it seems too late). Samsung seems slow at getting these out to the world. Here’s what needs to happen with the OP1 RK3399-C Chromebook platform:
– Make these available worldwide. $299, $349, $449, $549 with different skews from FHD 4GB RAM 32GB Flash at $299 to 2400×1600 8GB RAM 128GB Flash at $549. Samsung, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, HP, all need to get in on the OP1 flip platform.
– Make sure there are 10-20 perfectly optimized apps for productivity covering all the basics people need on a Laptop. At least a few apps that cover “what people need on Windows/Mac” need to work on the Chromebook with OP1, make sure there is 3 perfectly optimized Office apps (Microsoft Office included), 3 perfectly optimized video and image editing apps (should be good enough for semi professionals to do fast rendering smooth 4K video editing and “anything that’s done with Photoshop/GIMP”), 3 perfectly optimized Chat/Video-conferencing apps including Skype, Whatsapp, Hangouts, few more “Facebook Messenger”, “Snapchat”, whatever young people use.. Just make sure there is a good range of very well optimized apps, that will show the way for other developers to also optimize thousands among the 2 million Android apps best suited for productivity. Have 10 “Nintendo-quality” awesome games work perfectly also, for optional gamepad bluetooth gameplay on large display or with any cheap $10 Type-C to HDMI on a HDTV. Google can offer “free” app re-optimization support to the developers who have promizing Android apps that just need to be slightly upgraded to work great on large display and well optimized also for keyboard/mouse usability.
– Nougat multi-window resizable. All the features of Remix OS, Phoenix OS, nicely resizable multi-window Android framework needs to be there.
– App/extension for perfect stylus annotation collaboration, annotate any webpage, any article, any document, and have collaborators over Google Drive. We also need a perfect community(ies) for “the annotated web”, when you select any text and you type in your comment/annotation on the keyboard. Needs to be ultra smooth and easy to use to make this revolutionary for productivity. It has to be a must-have for any student, for any professional and for any creative. If you select any text on any article on any webpage that has a comment section, then that selected section is automatically “quoted” when you type your comment, hit enter to post your comment about that selected quote. Or easily Google+1/tweet/blog, write your comment and link when you highlight a text. Thus different configurable modes/features for that pop-up menu when the stylus is taken out of its slot. Some will always want to annotate docs to collaborate in Drive, others will always want to auto-share quote and link article to Google+ or to Blog with typed comment, and easy switch between Stylus modes, should work with any content. Just only being able to annotate/scribble on a screenshot is too basic.
– Maximum dual display (external display) productivity, using Type-C to HDMI dongles/docks, it needs to be super easy to “open link in new highlighted or background tab in other window on other display” or to tab browse on one display while Android multi-window apps run on the other display.
– Android for productivity on these Chromebooks obviously has to be a taster of what can become available with “Android Continuum” once Android super phones dock with external displays and Lapdocks using DisplayLink, MHL, Slimport or a Chromecast-Continuum background app with Nougat/Miracast. Somehow, I wish the OP1 Chromebooks Type-C port would also allow for Lapdock functionality, to use your external superphone on Kirin 960 or Snapdragon 835 to “speed up” your OP1 Chromebook performance, somehow. Perhaps run some tabs/apps on the OP1 while others can be accelerated by your external phone which might have a more powerful ARM Processor. All the while the OP1 Chromebook also charges your phone by that same Type-C port. Somehow combine the Hexacore ARM Cortex-A72/A53 of your OP1 Chromebook with the Octa-core ARM Cortex-A73/A53 of your phone, also combine the GPUs, to have all these 14 ARM cores work nicely over that Type-C cable or even wirelessly (especially if your phone is the LTE hotspot for your Chromebook) for your optimal productivity.
Seriously Google, partner with Microsoft, pre-load Microsoft Office with some amount of included free months of trial for Office 365, pre-load Skype, help Microsoft make a perfect LinkedIn app, and also partner with Adobe pre-load some perfectly optimized Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere for Android, need to be VERY usable, very optimized for Android productivity and also include the Adobe Creative Cloud trial on there. Do this Google. And people will be impressed. No need to “force people to use Google Drive and Google Photos only”, you can bundle free trials for your services too (consumers will prefer Google apps anyway if those are better), just make sure the advanced apps people “need on Windows/Mac”, that those, even for semi professionals/enthusiasts, that those already work good BUNDLED on Chromebook with OP1. Close the gap and shut down any argument people might have against the Chromebook. Wanna do even more? Convince Apple to pre-load fully optimized iTunes and Garageband on the Chromebook with OP1 also (I’m sure Apple already has secret betas for these apps for Android, ready to release “just in case”). Don’t you know how to convince Apple this is a good idea? Let me know, I’ll tell you how. Shame them if they don’t.
Before the end of 2017, Google needs to “open up” the marketing angle on Chromebooks (basically fully supported (same auto security/feature updates) Chromium OS rebrand service for Chrome OS for any competitor), so Microsoft, Apple, Baidu/Tencent, Yandex and Adobe/Salesforce/others will be shipping customized Chromebooks with their apps/shortcuts defaults pre-installed. Don’t force anyone only ship with Google apps/shortcuts/search, let the consumers change those defaults if Google is better. Login should not only be using Google account, let users login with any other Microsoft/Apple/Baidu/Tencent/Yahoo/whatever user account. Let your competitors ship your free and open source software and with your usual Chrome OS support when it comes to security/speed/feature updates), help subsidize/promote the platform. Let competitors submit improvements/patches to the platform. Before the end of 2017, sub-$100 ARM Chromebooks need to reach every child in the world, just as OLPC intended more than a decade ago.
Don’t make OP1 Chrome OS exclusive, let it nicely run anything else. Let people boot into any Linux or into any other OS from MicroSD card or from a simple Type-C Flash memory dongle. So if Microsoft wants people to dual-boot or to replace Chrome OS with Windows 10 (with x86 win32 app emulation support) they should be able to do it. If Apple wants consumers to dual-boot or replace Chrome OS by a new Mac iOSX UI, let them do that. If consumers want to dual-boot or replace Chrome OS by Ubuntu or any other Linux, let them easily do that. Even have staff of Google employees support that and “recommend” stable OSes that work nicely. Always stable “factory reset” to manufacturer’s shipped official or custom Chrome OS no matter what would be ok, if there is a memory for that.
- Google confirms Android apps out of the box on all Chromebooks launched from this point forward (9to5google.com)
- Every new Chromebook from here on out will support Android apps (liliputing.com)
- All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps (techcrunch.com)
- Samsung’s latest Chromebook shows the future of Google’s laptops – but it has a long way to go (GOOG, GOOGL) (businessinsider.com)
- Samsung’s new Chromebooks get Google Play access and a stylus (techcrunch.com)
- Samsung’s new 2-in-1 Chromebooks now include a stylus (mashable.com)
Emdoor shows us here their Android laptop with 11.6” 1366×768-pixel display, MT8173 chipset with 2xCortex-A53 and 2xCortex-A72 cores, PowerVR GX6250 GPU, 1/2GB DDR3 RAM, 16-64GB of NAND storage, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, USB Type-C, HDMI port, a hinge that can swivel 270° and a 6-7hour battery life. The optional Remix OS allows one to run PC apps as well.
First View is an ODM partner for companies such as Intel and produces ODM designs for ARM processors as well. First View has tablet and convertible reference designs running on Mediatek and Allwinnner processors. First View designs run Remix OS. 7″ designs are available for 40 USD MOQ. The 14″ Intel notebook design sells for 94 USD MOQ. First view makes security terminals for education market, multi cam Cameras, and sensors for phones for heart and blood pressures.
Lenovo Motorola Moto Z is an amazing new Smartphone, with Greybus (watch the video that I filmed with Greg Kroah-Hartman on their Greybus development for Google’s discontinued Project Ara) based data and hot-swappable power pogopin docking technology on an ultra-thin Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Smartphone design, with options to dock a TI DLP Pico Projector MotoMod, a Hasselblad True Zoom Photo/Video Camera, JBL SoundBoost Speaker and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, all MotoMods that customizes and expands the functionalities of a Smartphone. An absolutely fascinating potential evolution for the Smartphone market, Motorola is developing a potentially amazing ecosystem for future-proof MotoMods that can turn your Smartphone into a Project, into a point-and-shoot quality Camera, into an amazingly loud Speaker and that can expand its battery life easily. All these MotoMods are magnetically locked onto the back of the Moto Z. Now Motorola is also releasing the Moto Mods Development Kit to enable third parties to develop new MotoMods for the Moto Z, for example I hope someone makes an ultra-thin E Ink Mobius (flexible, plastic and non-glass) display for the back-size of the smartphone, a Kent Displays CH-LCD based notes taking back case and a LapDock Laptop Dock to use the Moto Z to power the Ultra-thin Laptop dock and desktop dock. The functionalities of Moto Z can also expand through the TurboPower fast charging USB Type C which I have used with USB Type C to SD card adapter, for example to upload videos from my SD card to YouTube. The possibilities with the Moto Z ecosystem are very, very interesting. But for these to get the attention of the consumers worldwide, I think that Lenovo/Motorola needs to lower the price of the bundles to around $599 for the phone including the Projector MotoMod, $699 including Projector and E Ink MotoMod, $349 or $399 for the Moto Z by itself (instead of the current $699). $699 should also be a bundle to include an ultra-thin and ultra-light small bezel 13.3″ Laptop Dock and Desktop Dock MotoMod and with the appropriate Remix OS like Android implementation through Android Nougat to support full Android Powered Productivity on the external display.
Here’s a tour at the Allwinner Partner Conference 2016 in Shenzhen China. Where Allwinner joins with their partners in Shenzhen to discuss and develop the roadmap for the future of Allwinner powered devices, showing examples of devices powered by Allwinner such as Bluetooth and WiFi speakers, Allwinner powered machine learning software, home karaoke machine, Allwinner powered Drone potentially soon with obstacle avoidance and follow object tracking features, portable TV player, educational tablet, video-conferencing device, digital photo frame, 2-in-1 tablet laptop convertible, point-of-sale device. Allwinner is also pushing strongly into the all-in-one VR segment, Remix OS Laptops and Desktop, Set-top-box aiming for OTT Set-top-box solutions for the operator to deploy.
Tour of Allwinner’s new Headquarters in Zhuhai China, with Damien, of Allwinner’s Marketing and Business Development department, showing us around the ground floor and the 5th floor at the Allwinner headquarters, with around 600 employees working on CPU design, software design, OS development, solution development. Allwinner has been leading the worldwide Android Tablet market selling tens of millions of ARM SoCs over the past years, with new opportunities in Remix OS Laptops, 2-in-1 Laptops using Double OS dual-UI of Android for productivity, Gaming consoles, All-in-one VR (2), the Internet of Things and lots more being developed. Industry insiders who would like to develop business with Allwinner can contact Damien here: Damien@allwinnertech.com
UCRobotics presents Bubblegum-96 development board with Actions Semiconductor s900 Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with 600MHz PowerVR G6230 GPU, 2GB RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI with 4K output, 1080P@60fps H.264 video capture, ARM TrustZone security support, it can be used to drive up to multiple 3D printers, it is shown running Debian Linux with GPU acceleration and the Android based Phoenix OS and Remix OS smoothly for productivity. Read more about Bubblegum-96 at http://www.96boards.org/products/ce/bubblegum96/ and you can buy the development board at http://www.ucrobotics.com.cn/bubblegum96/
Phoenix OS Android UI for Productivity on Alcatel OneTouch Xess 17.3″ All-in-One 64bit Octa-core MT8783
Alcatel OneTouch Xess is an All-in-One big screen tablet BigTablet to function as an Android computer for family home use, it comes with 17.3’’ Full HD 1080p IPS display and 10 point capacitive touch, powered by MediaTek MT8783 64bit Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, with 10000mAh battery the battery life is up to 6 hours doing Full HD video playback, with front 5MP camera, 3-watt JBL stereo speakers, dual microphones. There is a hiden pop-up dock in the back with USB and earphone port, and a nice stainless adjustable carrying handle and multi-angle stand, supports gesture control using the front camera for kitchen use. Alcatel OneTouch Xess runs a windows-like GUI on Android 5.1 called Phoenix OS developed by a team in Beijing, ARMdevices.net also published similar Android UI in Remix OS and the Rockchip LightBizOS
Freescale is powering a new Smartbook design by Wistron running Canonical’s Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Sharp runs a Freescale processor in the Sharp PC-Z1 and Acer is launching the DisplayPlus D241H 24-inch smart monitor.