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.
EC Technology has a pico projector for $50. EC Technology has a mini pc for $75 and mini PC/pico projector combo for $100. EC Technology has a Amlogic s905 Android set top box for $100 plus a keyboard with integrated touch pad for an unspecified price. More products planned for the future. Moq for all units is 50 units or more.
RiftCat out of Poland is showing off VRidge which enables users to Play any PC VR game on a $1 Google Cardboard or on any Smartphone based VR headset. It works over Wi-Fi, by USB cable. It works with for example Steam VR, this is a cheap alternative to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. They encode and decode the video game and VR content from the PC over to the Phone. They can even suggest a DIY infrared tracker, leapmotion, and other to also support head-tracking.
Roli Blocks are touch enabled midi instruments with precise pressure sensitivity, multi touch, and finger tracking. Roli Blocks can work with an iOS app (Android app coming soon) or with any Sythensizer or Digital Audio workstation program like Ableton Live, Logic, Bitwig or Garageband etc. Roli Blocks can simulate a wide variety of instruments including drums, saxophone and other instruments. The price is $179 and is available now. The Live block is $79 and connects with the larger Roli Block. The different devices can be connected together for a modular music experience. Marco Parisi mentions the Roli Seaboard an innovative piano development you can see him play the Roli Seaboard instrument here.
Emdoor ships over 9 Million PCBs and finished products combined every year. Here showing their latest partnership with Allwinner which has partnered with Qualcomm to bring more LTE Phablets to the market using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 210 and now also Snapdragon 435, developing and bringing those to the design houses and factories in Shenzhen to create new volume. Here presenting $70 (for 1000+ orders) design on Snapdragon 210 with a great looking 6.98" narrow bezel display. Emdoor also shows some of their advanced tablet for logistics ruggedized. Their 8" QHD narrow bezel on Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940 LTE Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53.
Kocaso sells a lot of Allwinner based products in the USA, north america and Latin America. The products run Allwinner A64 and Allwinner A83T. The slim Kocaso tablet on Allwinner A64 with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. They have sold millions of Tablets over the past few years, now also selling All-in-one VR.
Geniatech presents the MyGica booth, MyGica is Geniatech's consumer facing brand, here presenting the products that MyGica has for sale in the US market. MyGica ATV1960 will be for sale in the USA at $149. MyGica eyetv netstream connects a DVB ATSC/T2/etc free FHD over the air digital TV that can then be streamed to any device within the home.
Geniatech ARM PC APC1295 is a Multimedia Home Gateway with WAN port, Gigabit Ethernet Port, HDMI in and HDMI out, it's a router with 2x2 Mimo, Wi-Fi AC, Android 6.0 based, PVR, Access-point, Home Cloud storage, Media streamer, NAS and more functions are inside. It also allows for Geniatech's eye TV functionality inside re-broadcasting the HDMI signal to any device in the home. Geniatech is also showing the APC1966 with industrial grade design, 3x HDMI inputs for inputting 3 HDTV or 4K HDMI sources into the box and being able to re-distribute it anywhere in the house, it also has a digital TV tuner such as ATSC/T2/Cable etc. HDCP compliant, local DRM support. Geniatech also shows their Android TV Box and Gateway with 4G LTE modem integrated.
DisplayLink is showing some of their latest demos, here featuring a smooth wireless HTC Vive experience using a DisplayLink dock connected with wireless 60Ghz video signal to/from the VR gaming PC, then showing daisy-chaining 3 DisplayLink docks powered by the DisplayLink DL-6950 chip, launching this Dock in the Targus Dock 160 launching for $249 at Amazon.com. DisplayLink engineered its algorithm to compress display over USB, it works with Chromebooks, Android phones, Windows 10, Ubuntu, Mac OS and more. DisplayLink got integrated with Chromebooks natively by DisplayLink's partnership with Google, and for Android you just need to run the DisplayLink Presenter app for it to work from most Android phones that have Micro-USB or USB Type-C, as long as those have USB Host function active in them. DisplayLink is well integrated with Windows 10 also at the core of Windows Continuum. They also demonstrate SiBeam for a wireless USB connector.
Graalphone is a sliding keyboard 7" FHD Windows tablet with stylus. The Graalphone has both an Intel Atom and ARM Processor. The graalphone has an Android phone which attaches to it. There are dual cameras for 3d recording functionality. The device is a concept and the target price is about $700.