HiMedia makes some really cool set-top-boxes, until last year they were doing realtek mips based boxes that are quite popular in China and Hong Kong markets, now they are releasing ARM Powered Android set-top-boxes, here launching the HiMedia Q5 based on the HiSilicon Hi3716C ARM Cortex-A9 solution, it's a single-core 1Ghz with full video codecs support. This box has an awesome range of features including a very impressive HiControl application, similar to wifi mirroring, it lets you use any Android device to remote control your Q5 set-top-box while seeing a real-time screengrab on your Android device while you remote control it. I'll post a further video-review of this product during the next couple of days, check back.
Here are some of the specs:
- HiSilicon Hi3716C 1GHZ ARM Cortex A9 single-core (Set-top-box optimized SoC)
- 1GB DDR RAM
- 4GB Flash
- Android 4.0.3 ICS
- 33 second bootup time
- own launcher UI with virtual-mouse support on IR remote
- full video playback compatibility claimed ("even better than last year's Realtek 1185-based media players"), including DTS-HDMA, Dolby TUREHD 7.1 Passthrough, BDMV, BDISO with BD-Lite Navigation menu, Samba, NFS, HLS/HTML5 for IPTV STB mode.
- HiControl App for Android by HiMedia, use any Android smartphone or/and tablet as Touch-screen for the set-top-box and as a Remote-controller. Thus mouse, remote control, and mirrorring-like support of full Android UI. Accelerometer can also be used for games that use it.
- Hishare App for Android by HiMedia, similar to DLNA (or actually using DLNA protocol), stream your pictures, video, audio from your Android phone or tablet to your Himedia Q5 set-top-box over WiFi.
- Apple Airplay compatible, for streaming pictures, video and audio from iPhone/iPad.
Find more informations and the official pictures at: http://www.himedia-tech.cn/product_show.php?id=37
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Here are some of the highlights of the Huawei IFA 2012 Press Conference. They are launching a whole range of new Android phones Y201 pro for $129/129€, G330 for $199/199€, G600 for $299/299€, P1 for $399/399€ and D1 Quad XL for $449/449€ and tablets 10FHD and MediaPad 7 Lite on the European and worldwide markets in October, and they are also launching their new Huawei Emotion UI.
Brightsideofnews.com provides this benchmark of the HiSilicon K3V2 powered Huawei U9510 Ascend D Quad XL phone comparing it with some of the other super phones on the market:
According to this benchmark (which I don't really know how it was measured and what it really means in terms of real Android usage performance):
Huawei K3V2 processor managed to beat NVIDIA Tegra 3, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660, Samsung Exynos, TI OMAP4 right off the bat. At 1280x720 resolution (HD Ready), the HiSilicon K3V2 and its GPU managed to achieve 25 frames per second, with the closest follower being Qualcomm Snapdragon and its Adreno 220 GPU with 18 fps. In the same benchmark, NVIDIA Tegra 3 with its ULP GeForce GPU only managed to reach 12 frames per second.
Read more at: huaweidevice.com
More benchmarking: phandroid.com
It supports the DVBT standard and to use any RJ11 telephone as a VOIP phone through that device. IT can record and timeshift any DTV signal to any USB storage.
One of the most impressive sights at the Mobile World Congress was for sure the insanely awesome Huawei Horse, made of hundreds, maybe thousands of real Huawei smartphones (my guess, probably just some bad yields thus recycled for art). The statement I think is that Huawei is now ready to take over the market. They mean business. They are serious about it. They claim to have the fastest Smartphone and Tablet on the market, and they also cover all ranges all the way down to the cheapest lowest end most affordable Smartphone. My take is we all need to pay attention to Huawei. In any ways, this Huawei Horse is awesome. It was an awesome sight during the nights of the MWC, imagine an awesome DJ up high in front of the columns, the castle at the top of the mountain, awesome house music, acrobats, and cool lights lighting up this Huawei Horse, mobile industry insiders networking in front of that. This is awesome.
Huawei's new high performance Diamond series phone uses the new HiSilicon K3V2 Quad-core 40nm ARM Cortex-A9, with 64bit latest/fastest DDR2-for-smartphone memory bandwidth, they claim it has the worlds fastest ARM performance. Here's an interview with the chief architect on the processor. I try to ask him about the performance, memory bandwidth, GPU, processor design. The K3V2 is made at the TSMC foundry. He has a team of about 500 processor engineers working for him in Shanghai to design this processor. He claims HiSilicon's cache coherent interconnect design makes it superior to designs such as Tegra3, HiSilicon does not need that "companion core" as they claim to have designed the Quad-core in "the correct way". HiSilicon has a GPU design partner which I have not heard them mention who it might be. In 6-12 months, HiSilicon is likely to release an ARM Cortex-A15 design on 28nm and also to upgrade their ARM Cortex-A9 designs to 28nm "when 28nm is ready", for now, he says that the 28nm process manufacturing has too much leakage.
Huawei presented their latest most powerful processor and smartphone at their press conference event in Barcelona. Here's a 31-minute look into that press conference, featuring all of the highlights of it here on HD quality video!
This is the new Huawei D Quad using the HiSilicon K3V2 Quad-core 40nm ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
Check back for close up HD videos of the latest Huawei news.
Huawei K3V2 Quad-core 40nm ARM Cortex-A9, with 64bit memory bandwidth. they claim it has the worlds fastest ARM performance.
This one uses the new Huawei HiSilicon 1.5Ghz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 and is also of only 6.68mm of thickness! Huawei seems to claim that their 1.5Ghz Quad-core processor is 2x faster than a Tegra3! Huawei has been manufacturing ARM Processors for a while, but I had only seen some slower Single-core HiSilicon 3716 ARM Cortex-A9 versions used for Set-top-boxes (such as in the Coupoint at $65 and Blue Times at $50), this is the first Huawei HiSilicon processor for Android Smartphones as far as I know! The Tegra3 runs at 1.3Ghz so if this one really runs at 1.5Ghz in Quad-core mode, it really might be the fastest processor yet! The question is how soon Huawei is going to be ready to release this one. It's really awesome to see Huawei be so aggressive and innovative with their designs, it's going to be very interesting to follow what types of price segments Huawei plans to aim this device at.
Check back for much more on this High-end Quad-core Huawei phone and on plenty moire Huawei Android devices to be shown at Mobile World Congress next week!