I ask normal people which of the top-3 high-end phablets they think is the better one among Huawei Mate 7, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the flagship phablets from the top-3 Smartphone manufacturers in the world. I think the Mate7 is the best among those, although for me to recommend it to everyone, Huawei should price it at $299 instead of $499.
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Tourists in San Francisco compare the top-3 brand high-end phablets in the world, among Huawei Mate7, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. Those are the flagship high-end mass market phablets of the moment from the top-3 Smartphone manufacturers in the world. This video highlights display size to body ratio, camera feature and large screen enjoyment. Come back for 2 more episodes to be posted on http://ARMdevices.net I think the Huawei Mate7 (which I have been using for the past 3 months) is the best phablet among those 3. Check back before MWC in the next 2-3 days for my review of my Huawei Mate7.
Arrow Electronics is the world's biggest distributor of electronics components, they are a supporting partner in the Hi-Key development board, supported by the new http://96Boards.org program. With experience in distributing many different previous developments like the TI based Beaglebone, Arrow is excited for the things to come in this space. This is the world’s first affordable 64bit ARM development board for software developers, makers, and OEMs. It comes with 4GB of eMMC, WiFi/BLE, and HDMI output. You can order yours today for $129 at https://parts.arrow.com/item/detail/circuitco/999-0005854#GenG
Hisilicon engineer Justin Zhao, Software Architect at Hisilicon SoC architecture department, is bringing up the Linux software on the Hisilicon D02 Board, one of the most powerful ARM Processors in the world. They have a configuration with 32-core Cortex A57 @ max 2.1GHz and up to 2 SoC per board coming up within a few months (64-cores per board!), each SoC has 1MB L2 cache/cluser, 32MB L3 cache. The board has 12 SATA\SAS (8 for one SoC, 4 for the other), 2 10/100/1000Mb/s compatible Ethernet ports, 2 10Gb/s SFP+ Ethernet ports, 8 DDR3 RAM DIMMs, 4 PCIE solts (2 pieces/SoC), 2 UARTs & 2 JTAGs for debug, 1 USB host. Rob Savoye of Linaro's Toolchain Group joins in this video discussing the installation of the latest GCC to this Board. Justin Zhao shows how he can bootup from Sata, PXE, Provision mode, NFS, with OpenSuse 13.1, Ubuntu 14.04, working on Red Hat. A LAMP (LAVA) and lxc (container) have already been enabled, and some Benchmarks (e.g. perf, iperf, ltp) have been executed on it too, perhaps Hisilicon will soon publish the test results also.
With the first being the Hislicon Kirin620 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 based $129 HiKey development board, http://96Boards.org is a new open hardware specification for ARM 32bit and 64bit development boards, and a Community Program for software delivery to developers, makers and OEMs. In this video, Linaro CEO George Grey describes the standardized expansion buses for peripheral I/O, display and cameras allowing the hardware ecosystem to develop a range of compatible add-on products that will work on any 96Boards product over the lifetime of the platform.The 96Boards initiative is designed to offer a single software and hardware community across multiple vendor boards supporting a range of different features. A fixed set of minimum functions including USB, SD, HDMI and standardized low speed and high speed peripheral connectors are provided. Vendors may add customized hardware and feature sets provided the minimum functions are available. Linaro expects this to extend the platform life, increase the market for add-on hardware, and accelerate open source upstreaming of support for new SoC features.
Here is the session by Linaro CEO George Grey talking further about the 96Boards hardware at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2015:
Linaro with members such as Hisilicon are porting and optimizing Chromium Blink with gstreamer running just above EGL, the next steps are to merging fully with the RDK project to replace the webkit core with blink core.
Egreat STBs based on Realtek RTD1195 dual core Cortex A9 SoC with 4K, H.265 video decoding support. The video also features older Realtek and Rockchip Android TV Boxes, and an RK3188 based game console (Egreat K3).
Egreat will launch their A-series media players soon: A3 and A9 models. I contacted the company for some more details, but since the product is still in development, there are not willing to disclose complete details at this stage.
Here are the specs I could gather for Egreat A9:
SoC -- Realtek RTD1195 dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor
System Memory -- N/A
Storage -- N/A. Possibly a SATA bay is also present (Unclear)
Video Output / Input -- Composite, Component and HDMI output (MHL).
HDMI input Audio -- HDMI, Stereo output (RCA), and S/PDIF
Video Playback -- 3D blu-ray video playback + full video format support. H.265 decode support.
Audio Playback -- 7.1 raw audio output "framepacking".
Connectivity -- Ethernet, WiFi with dual high-gain external antennas, and Bluetooth (TBC).
USB -- 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
Egreat A-series media player will run Android 4.4 Kitkat.Even though specs are incomplete at this stage, RTD1195 based products should be able to transfer data quickly and play high bitrate 4K videos smoothly thanks to high performance interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and SATA. CPU and GPU performance will however be greatly inferior to the new application processors from Amlogic S802, Rockchip RK3288, or AllWinner A80.
This post was adapted from Upcoming MeLe and Egreat A-Series 4K Android Media Players to Feature Realtek RTD1195 SoC (cnx-software.com).
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Huawei Ascend Mate7 on Hisilicon Kirin925 Octa Core big.LITTLE with LTE Cat6, probably the world’s fastest smartphone
With a 6" FHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the new Huawei Mate7 supports 300Mbit/s download and 50Mbit/s upload with LTE Cate6 built-in to the new Hisilicon Kirin925 big.LITTLE Octa Core processor running four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 and four 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 cores with Mali-T628 GPU. The Hisilicon Kirin925 is quite possibly the most powerful ARM processor in the world. It has a giant 4100mAh battery providing an extremely long battery life in an ultra slim 7.9mm form factor. Available in Moonlight silver, Obsidian black and Amber gold.
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review (pocket-lint.com)
- Huawei: Mulan's Kirin 920 'Faster' Than Snapdragon 805 (gizchina.com)
- Chinese Octa-ARM-Core Mobile Processor (electronicsweekly.com)
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 (Cheaper Version) Available For Pre-Order In China Starting Today (androidheadlines.com)
- IFA 2014: Huawei Ascend Mate7 Is a Bezel-less Premium 6-Inch Phablet - Hands-on Photos (news.softpedia.com)
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 To Be Available In China Starting September 13th (androidheadlines.com)
- Ascend Mate7 could be a nice acquisition (xamb.com)
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 hands on (digitaltrends.com)
- The Huawei Ascend Mate 7: The Most Exciting Phone At IFA (forums.pinstack.com)
- Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review: In Depth (recombu.com)
Official video about the Hisilicon Kirin925:
UyeSee is an A/V device maker, designing and manufacturing multimedia players, OTT boxes, WiFi Streaming Devices using RockChip, MSTAR and Hisilicon. In this video, Ryan from Uyesee describes their roadmap, including High End Android TV Boxes on RK3288, MSTAR9180 with Quad Core/4K/HEVC/HDMI input, Low End TV Box solutions using Hisilicon 3798m, featuring QuadCore A7 /4K/HEVC and also Low End in Mstar 9260 featuring QuadCore A7 /4K/HEVC also. Previously they made RK3188/RK3066 in boxes or HDMI Sticks. Uyesee also works in WiFi A/V Streaming with their SoundMate that does CD Quality wifi music streaming using FLAC and with MultiRoom streaming support.