As Intel's usual tactic when feeling under threat by disruptive ARM Powered technology, Intel is trying to confuse consumers by shipping out their buggy Intel core-m3 Samsung Chromebook Pro version to reviewers here, here, here, here and here.
TheVerge reports that Android apps support on Intel is horrible compared to the ARM Powered OP1 Chromebook:
consider that this ARM processor may do a better job of running most Android apps than the Intel processor on the Chromebook Pro. Those apps need to be translated from ARM code to x86 to run on Intel machines. However, the Android beta on the Chromebook Pro is in such a sorry state that I can't really judge. Google promises that it'll all be fixed by April, when the Pro launches. Right now, the Plus handles Android apps much better than the Pro.
The situation on the Plus is miles better than the situation on the Intel-based Chromebook Pro right now, which is so riddled with bugs and issues that I declined reviewing it in favor of this Plus. I describe in more detail the situation in another article, here.
As I suggested in my article demonstrating how OP1 is a Rockchip RK3399-C:
OP1 is optimized for the Chromebook market, with optimal performance, power consumption and price point. Optimized for smooth performance on high resolution display, dual USB Type-C, reliable Wi-Fi, 4K playback, it uses GPU Compute to optimize the performance of every aspect of the Chrome OS web browsing UI. Fonts, scrolling, displaying images, animations, video, all is optimized, improved and accelerated also by the Mali-T860 GPU. Unlike Intel x86 Chromebooks, I believe that the OP1 platform runs all Android apps natively without emulation, that is especially important for running advanced Android apps optimized for productivity, such as Microsoft Word, Excell, Powerpoint, OfficeSuite, PDF Editor, Free Office, Docs to Go, Google Drive, Polaris Office, Quip, WPS Office and thousands of other productivity apps already available on Android, and thousands of advanced games on Android, all these apps are optimized for ARM, with Native Code in them that just runs better on ARM. I would guess that running any of these thousands of advanced Android apps might consume half the power to run on ARM compared with x86.
Sunchip shows their latest RK3399 Hexacore 64bit dual ARM Cortex-A72 with quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Sata port, USB Type-C and USB3 and more. Sunchip also shows their dual lens 360 panoramic video camera. Sunchip CX-A12 is their 64bit AmLogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 based TV Box. Sunchip releases true 4K sports camera based on Hisilicon Hi3559 V100 which is a 32bit big.LITTLE SoC using one ARM Cortex-A17 and one ARM Cortex-A7 core on 28nm HPC+ process using HiSilicon fifth-generation Hi-Lark video encoder which can encode 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps simultaneously, 2K@60fps, 1080p@120fps or 720p@240fps. Hi3559 V100 supports dual sensor inputs for a dual-lens 4K@30fps 360 VR camera which Sunchip says they are working toward.
http://whatisop.com details the OP1 ARM Processor optimized for Chromebooks, it's the Rockchip RK3399-C Hexacore 6-core, dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 in big.LITTLE formation with Mali-T860MP GPU.
I believe that OP1 is the big push by Google and Rockchip, together with manufacturing partners such as Samsung shipping with Samsung Chromebook Plus from February 12th for $449 at Amazon.com to finally push Chromebooks to a Billion users worldwide, now with OP1, I believe that they have optimized the processor for mass market Chromebook success, with an optimal performance, power consumption and price point. They have worked for over a year on the OP1, to optimize it for the Chromebook market. As you can read on http://whatisop.com the OP1 chip is optimized for smooth low power consumption web browsing on super nice high resolution displays, with dual USB Type-C connectivity, fast reliable Wi-Fi connectivity, up to 4K playback, it uses GPU Compute to optimize the performance of every aspect of the Chrome OS web browsing UI. Fonts, scrolling, displaying images, animations, video, all is optimized, improved and accelerated also by the Mali-T860 GPU. Unlike Intel x86 Chromebooks, the OP1 platform runs all Android apps natively without emulation, that means that all the advanced Android apps optimized for productivity, such as Microsoft Word, Excell, Powerpoint, many other productivity Android apps such as OfficeSuite and PDF Editor, Free Office, Docs to Go, also Google Drive, Polaris Office, Quip, WPS Office and PDF and thousands of other productivity apps already available on Android, and thousands of advanced games on Android, all these apps are optimized for ARM, with Native Code in them that just runs better on ARM. I would guess that running any of these thousands of advanced Android apps might consume half the power to run on ARM compared with x86.
Samsung releases the nicest ARM Powered Chromebook in the world ($449 at Amazon.com), the Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM Processor optimized for Chromebooks (Rockchip RK3399) dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 Hexacore 64bit with ARM Mali-T860 GPU. This Chromebook is ultra-thin at 14mm, ultra-light at 1.08kg yet runs 10 hours on the battery even with its amazingly nice and bright 3:2 aspect ratio 12.3" 2400x1600 Quad-HD ultra-bright 400nit LCD Display durable with Gorilla Glass 3.
Minix is a Hong Kong-based set top box manufacturer that has on display their entire range here. The bestselling model uses an RK3188 CPU (quad-core Cortex-A9) with an Ethernet port, 1GB RAM and 16GB of NAND flash. The X7 and X7 mini, their most mature platform, is used by companies to use their own software which is then sold to end consumers utilising digital signage. The S905 uses a 64-bit CPU, and supports 30fps 4K video. There is also a model with a 3G/4G SIM card and a PCI-E port for adding faster wireless cards or SSDs.
Watch this video in your VR headset or use your phone with a cardboard/VR adapter for best experience! Walking around the China Sourcing Fair AsiaWorld Expo showfloor from filming the JingTeng turning head security robot, filming at the Veidoo booth showing their $28 All-in-one VR headset, Foxcom, Appscom Smartwatches booth, the latest Alldocube 2-in-1 Laptops and Snapdragon 210 Phablets and finishing off with the 10.3" E Ink mockup at the Boyue booth. Filmed using the Shuoying 1080p dual-lens Panoview 360 VR camera, see my Interviews and my Factory Tour with Shuoying here: http://armdevices.net/category/companies/shuoying/
Boyue (previously known as Boeye) makes E Ink readers, here showing their latest Rockchip based E Ink Android e-readers, also showing off a non-functioning mockup of their 10.3" Mobius flexible E Ink ultra light reader that might come next year if E Ink starts the mass production of the 10.3" Mobius display by that time. Then Boyue shows their 6" and 8" Carta or Pearl based E Ink readers retailing $110 in China.
Pipo smart pen captures writing from paper using a camera sensor and translate it into digital text over bluetooth an Android device. Pipo makes a foldable scooter with both standing and sitting positions with a 30km range. Pipo has a dual lense camera for 360 degree recording. Pipo makes 15" Android based Meditek tablet for media consumption, the device sells for 199 USD. Pipo sells a VR headset for $29 which requires a smartphone. Pipo makes a several Rockchip based all-in-one VR headsets for $129-200. Pipo has several ultra portable laptops as well 2-in-1 tablets with Intel processors and Windows. Pipo tablets can also be used for point of sale and business applications.
The Coolux Q6 is an Android 4.4 Rockchip RK3126 based projector with a 0.3" DLP lense which is able to project a resolution of 854x480 for 3 hours of battery. The Coolux Q6 sells for $165 for 100 pieces moq. Coolux also a motion controlled projector. Coolux sells 720p projectors for $230-260.
Neostra's Virtual reality headset supports full hd 1080p resolution and runs on a Rockship rk3288 with options for higher resolutions and other processors. The 1080p virtual reality headset sells for 105 USD 125 for 2k resolution.
Neostra also makes ultra portable laptops based Intel z8300 processors.
Neostra also makes tablets and other devices for companies such as Acer and Hewlett Packard.