Using MHL 2.0 and 3.0, these ultra thin ultra-book looking Laptop Dock shells, here AmTRAN shows the upcoming extremely nice looking 11.6″ MHL Laptop Dock, with an MHL input along with drivers to run the display, a sleek keyboard, mousepad, and USB Host ports to connect more if you want. Then your MHL enabled Smartphone reconfigures the Android home UI to optimize for a Laptop usage, for productivity. MHL 3.0 Laptop Docks are also going to be released with faster input/output bandwidth from the phone, 4K, touch screen and more functionality. The idea is to bundle the MediaTek MT6582 Quad-core phone with this 11.6″ Laptop Dock for sub-$300, all inclusive, no contracts needed. MediaTek among other ARM Chip makers are working with MHL to optimize Smartphones and Laptop dock designs for MHL Laptop productivity.
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13.3″ RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A12 with Mali-T764 Powered Chromium OS Laptop. Meet some from the team working on Chrome OS at Rockchip, finalizing Chromium OS optimizations for the RK3288 ARM platform, with commercial Rockchip Chromebooks launching worldwide in Q3 of this year. What do you think is going to be the price for this ARM Powered Chromebook? $149? $179? $199? How is the performance? Battery life? I test a bit of web browsing and the Fish Tank benchmark at the end of this video. I will try to test it more and post some more web browser tests in another video to be posted soon, let me know of anything else you would like to see tested on the RK3288 Chromebook.
You can also watch my video of the unveiling of RK3288 at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair here. Also my videos of RK3288 in a Pipo tablet, at Vido, Sunchip HDMI Stick, Tena HDMI Stick and at the Unuiga PCB design house.
Asus shows their $1200 laptop/tablet/phone combination device, with an Intel processor in the Phone (with LTE support) and another Intel processor in the Tablet, with a keyboard dock. They say battery life is fine, we’ll see about that. Price I think is around $1200 or $1300, since they say it costs something like a $1000 laptop + their zenphone. Asus has been showing a lot of Intel devices for many years, but I don’t think they have been selling many.
Google Play certified Laptop from Archos, with the ultra low power consumption Rockchip RK3168 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1GB RAM, 10.1″ 1024×600 touch screen display, possibly an excellent keyboard and mousepad, priced at only $169 in retail, here’s the Archos ArcBook: http://www.archos.com/us/products/themed/arcbook/index.html
- Archos launches a $170 Android laptop: The ArcBook (liliputing.com)
- Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams (go.theregister.com)
- The Archos Arcbook is an Android based netbook for $170 (thedroidguy.com)
- Archos announces the ArcBook 10.1 inch Android netbook (technutty.co.uk)
- Archos ArcBook tries to revive the Android netbook (slashgear.com)
- Archos Announces The ArcBook, A Budget-Friendly Android Notebook Coming In June For $169.99 (androidpolice.com)
- ARCHOS announces the ArcBook — an affordable Android-powered laptop (betanews.com)
- Archos announces extremely affordable Android laptop, priced at just $169.99 (androidauthority.com)
- Archos Offers Android Notebook, the ArcBook for $170 (tomshardware.com)
- Archos ArcBook marries Android tablet, netbook for productivity (technologytell.com)
Firstview is showing some interesting devices, one is their 11.6″ Rockchip RK3188 based Touch-screen Ultrabook, selling at $160 in bulk, the other is their $155 (bulk) 9″ FHD RK3188 Tablet with built-in 4G LTE. They also have $110 MediaTek 9.7″, 10.1″, 8″ IPS and more. They can manufacture about 1500 tablets per day with 800 people in their factory. And the $160 MT6592 FHD large phone.
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Rockchip shows RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 in Tablets, booting Chrome OS (named Chromium OS when not Google certified), playing back H265 4K 60fp HDMI 2.0 10bit, extremely fast Mali-T764 GPU, mass production starts next month.
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014
George Grey, CEO of Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture, announces that Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, AllWinner and Comcast are joining Linaro to work together on bringing Linux on ARM forward together. They are joining the existing Linaro member companies who are ARM, HiSilicon, Broadcom, Fujitsu, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, AMD, AppliedMicro, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Citrix, Enea, Facebook, Freescale, HP, LSI, Marvell, Montavista, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Red Hat and IBM who all are contributing engineers to all be working together to improve Linux on ARM for Mobile, Enterprise (servers), Networking, and now also for Home (Set-top-box) usage with the Internet of Things potentially also to be supported. Linaro just held its Linaro Connect Asia here in Macau this week and I will be posting many videos from there, interviewing Linaro engineers about some of the latest Linux hacking work they are doing to speed up all ARM Powered devices.
- Allwinner joins Linaro Digital Home Group, commits to open source chip support (liliputing.com)
- Linaro announces Allwinner Technology as a founding member of the new Linaro Digital Home Group (olimex.wordpress.com)
Samsung releases the Exynos5422, their fastest yet Octa-core ARM Processor, with optimized HMP Heterogeneous Multi-processing support with all 8 cores working simultaneously at up to 2.1Ghz reaching something like 20 thousand on Antutu benchmark (which is a lot). The performance for ARM Chromebooks may be extremely high. The Exynos5422 may have more than double the CPU performance over the Exynos5250 of previous generation Chromebooks (according to some online benchmarks for the dual-core Exynos5250 in Nexus 10 compared with the Antutu number Samsung shows for their Octa core Exynos5422 Antutu result), this should provide for some extremely powerful new Samsung ARM Powered Chromebooks! Samsung also announced the 6-core Exynos5260 with 2 big ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 4 LITTLE ARM Cortex-A7 cores, a design that may feed well for the mid-range market perhaps also better for Android Smartphone usage scenarios while the Exynos5422 may be best on Chromebooks that may need higher burst performance. The Samsung Exynos5422 is going to ship in the newly announced $399 Samsung Chromebook 2 with a 13.3″ FHD display, 4GB RAM, 16GB Flash and an ultra-thin and light form factor for a laptop.
One of the most interesting aspects of MHL in my opinion is that MHL enables your Smartphone to run your PC/Desktop/Laptop experience. Now Acer is showing their Acer Extend prototype where it’s an “empty” good looking laptop shell as stylish as an Ultrabook, which only contains the display, battery, keyboard, mousepad and basic MHL support electronics, thus potentially being sold at a very cheap price, then you power that Laptop Dock with your Phone, in the similar way to the Motorola LapDock system of a couple of years ago. MediaTek is showing some Android software optimizations that they are doing to run this setup on their Octa Core MT6592 processor, thus switching the Android UI to a more Laptop-friendly orientation and configuration when the MHL connectivity to the Laptop Dock is triggered. Hopefully that Android 5 will feature optimized MHL functionality also, perhaps even enabling to instantly switch to a full Chrome OS like productivity state when the MHL to Laptop Dock is detected. MHL also demonstrates a couple of important HDMI sticks from Dell and from Roku which feature MHL support, making HDMI Sticks easy to use and clutter-free, automatically powered by the TV itself and running the full Productivity Suite or the Entertainment Functions directly on the HDMI Stick. Now with MHL 3.0, MHL supports up to 600mbit/s on the USB Host direction, something that I have been looking forward to since I started video-blogging about MHL in 2011. The potential here is to accelerate the adoption of ARM Devices for powering productivity.
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Company Website: http://www.hasee.com/en/