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Some of my best of HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair picks on the official HKTDC channel

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2013

Check me out on the official HKTDC channel showing some of the coolest devices at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics fair. Also check back in the many days to come as I'll publish the more than a hundred videos that I filmed at the Hong Kong fair. Some of my picks include the MediaTek Powered Smartwatches, the Spreadtrum Powered E Ink Android phone, the Rockchip RK3188 Powered HDMI Sticks and Tablets. Check back for all my videos to be posted! (I had a problem in the last day and a half, my Intel Powered ultrabook has crashed and burnt a 4th time in the last 18 months I've used it, it doesn't boot up anymore, now I'm borrowing a laptop while I also just gave away my 11-month old Samsung ARM Chromebook last week (bad timing) as I'd like to buy a new one later this month, Exynos5420 Powered Chromebook would have been best but another Exynos5250 Powered HP Chromebook 11 will do if nothing else gets released before).

$31 3.5″ 400×240 Spreadtrum SC6820 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A5, world’s cheapest dual-sim 2G/EDGE Android phone

Posted by juliusaugustus – September 3, 2013

Here's the world's cheapest Android phone (that I can find thus far). We're now approaching the sub-$30 pricing. Yup, $30, Android, capacitive 3.5". Not 3G though, you get dual-sim 2G/EDGE modem at that price. If the 3.5" screen is too small, you can get 4" for $36 (maybe 480x320 or same 400x240, I need to check), or even 4.5" for $45 (I think WVGA, I need to test and confirm), thus the Spreadtrum ARM Cortex-A5 system-on-chip solution with dual-sim 2G/EDGE support may compete well with the MediaTek MT6515 in that 2G/EDGE space. Let me know if you know which platform is more interesting in terms of reaching the world's cheapest yet still usable Android phone target. We may already have reached the sub-$25 for an Android phone price now today, although it may surely be reached by the end of this year. Where can we go next year? Sub-$25 3G Android phones and sub-$15 2G Android phones? I bought 3 of these world's cheapest phones, to use as my dual-sim roaming phone to keep my home SIMs active while I'm traveling, let me know what you would like me to test with those. The calling quality isn't amazing, that's one thing, but phone calls work. Wi-Fi works fine thus I can feed fast data to them from my 3G phone that does a portable hotspot if I want.

Read more on the Spreadtrum SC6820 platform: http://www.spreadtrum.com/en/products/basebands/view/sc6820/