Potentially released as soon as next month by Lenovo, Digitimes reports that Lenovo and Asus are preparing to release $149 Chromebooks based on the Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764. The rumored screen size is 11.6" according to Digitimes.
To be seen if those include 2GB or 4GB RAM. I think 4GB RAM would be nice, even if that adds a few $ to BOM cost. Perhaps they can just let consumers choose to double RAM to 4GB if they just pay $10 or $20 more. I think it would also be nice if they also provide a larger $169 13.3" skew. Both with 1366x768 matte displays would be good I think. At least one, or multiple SD card slots for storage, HDMI output, at least 2 USB3 would be nice.
I think if the performance is smooth, if the keyboard/mousepad/display qualities are great, if the designs by Lenovo and Asus are classy "like a Macbook Air" and not purposefully cheap looking, the RK3288 Chromebooks may become more popular than RK3288 in Android Tablets, and Chrome OS on RK3288 Set-top-boxes may also be more popular than RK3288 Android Set-top-boxes. If priced right, and if mass produced at absolute maximum capacity by brands like Lenovo and Asus, I think this could potentially become one of the most popular laptops in the world, potentially overtaking Wintel laptops faster than anyone can imagine.
Running Intel Celeron with Windows 8, the price is about $250 for 500 units. They can also use the Intel Core-i3/5/7 processors starting at $390. Weight is 1.4Kg, battery life is about 4-5 hours, they also have 10.1" and 11.6" Windows Tablets starting at $310. They sell about 10K laptops per month.
Allwinner presents the 1st 64-bit Board: Nobel64 Board:
The Nobel64 Board is a dev board based on Allwinner's first 64-bit quad-core processor, which is also the first 64-bit dev board based on application processors from Chinese design houses. Allwinner claims it has industry-leading system performance and ultra-high system integration, they present their Nobel64 Board as suitable for development projects such as tablets, OTT boxes, notebooks, digital signage and AIOs and more.
Octa-Core A83 for HD Tablets:
Based on TSMC's 28nm HPC process, Allwinner A83T is designed to be a high performance and an extremely power-efficient Octa-core processor. For that reason, A83T packs eight highly energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 cores that can run simultaneously at around 2.0GHz, and Allwinner says that it implements the advanced big.LITTLE architecture to maximize the battery life. Imaginations Technology's PowerVR GPU is also combined in A83T to deliver balanced graphic processing performance and power consumption. Another noteworthy feature of A83T is its implementation of Allwinner's next-gen SmartColor technology, Allwinner's latest achievements in display technology, for delivering higher image quality with higher resolutions. The first Octa-core tablet sporting Allwinner A83T is to hit in Q4 2014.
Octa-core H8 for Set-top-Boxes:
Allwinner also shows their new Octa-core H8 SoC for high-end gaming and video OTT box markets at the HongKong Electronics Fair. Based on TSMC’s 28nm HPC process, this new SoC delivers high system performance with low heat, enabling ODM/OEM manufacturers to produce Octa-core OTT boxes at competitive BOM costs.
According to Allwinner, the H8 octa-core delivers:
· High-speed high performance computing system
· Premium multimedia features
· Video output system
· High system integration
Acer's first ARM Powered Chromebook, to be released from around October onward, the price starts around $279/279€ for the basic HD 2GB RAM version, $20/20€ more for 4GB instead of 2GB RAM, going up to $379/379€ for the version with FHD display and 4GB RAM.
Toshiba releases their 13.3" FHD Glossy 4GB RAM at $349/349€ and HD Matte 2GB RAM $249/249€ Chromebooks, based on Intel Celeron processors, they are thinner, 200gr lighter, better designed and with a battery life of 9hr for the FHD and 11.5hr for the HD one, where Google says the battery life can be enhanced even further with software update.
Firstview has sold 6 million ARM Powered Laptops since 2009, making them posibly the leading ARM Powered Laptop maker in the world thus far. Firstview's 11.6" RK3188 Ultrabook, with 360 degree rotating 11.6" 1366x768 capacitive touch-screen, 3 USB Host ports, Mini HDMI, BT4, 86keys keyboard, Audio-jack and a full sized SD card slot. 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in Flash memory. 15mm thickness and 1.5Kg in weight. It supports USB Hard drive, USB Printer, with a 7000mAh battery letting it playback video for more than 4 hours, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video-chat, 2.4/5Ghz dual-band Wi-Fi, supports external 3G/4G USB dongle. This Android 4.4 laptop supports and comes pre-installed with e-reader software (Aldiko), word/excell/powerpoint editing (OfficeSuite), Skype and much more with full Google Play Google Apps support.
You can contact Firstview here (please only for interested distributors):
Michael, Project Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.efirstview.com
Phone: +86 755 86307804
Address: Room 213 Block A, Mingyou Sourcing Center, Baoyuan Road, Baoan District, Shenzhen, China
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.
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.