Category: Tablets

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Microsoft Windows 10 Continuum on ARM

Posted by Charbax – March 9, 2016

Microsoft is proud to present their Windows 10 Continuum running super smoothly on Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 based Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950XL, the Microsoft branded devices resulting from the acquisition of Nokia, following a huge work by Microsoft together with their partners such as Qualcomm, to bring a full Windows 10 experience to ARM, powering the future of the Desktop and the Laptop through an ARM Powered smartphone, outputting a full Windows experience to an external display using DisplayPort over USB Type-C through a desktop dock or a laptop dock.

Backwards compatibility of x86 Windows apps can be supported through a cloud solution, such as the one HP is providing with their HP Elite x3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 based Windows Continuum phone coming out a few months from now.

I believe the best solution for Microsoft will be to support Windows 10 on Android, so when you dock an Android phone through a desktop dock or a laptop dock, then Microsoft needs to make sure that a full Windows 10 Continuum on ARM experience can be outputted from the Android phone on that secondary display. Microsoft needs to make Windows 10 an "external-only" home replacement which needs to work on any Android device.

Jezetek E Ink + LCD dual-display smartphone

Posted by stromium – March 4, 2016

Jezetek shows their new smartphone with a 5.2" LCD and a 4.7" E Ink display on the back, enables up to 2 weeks of battery life when only the e-ink display is used. The two displays are mirrored and one can transfer to either at any point of time. The price will be about $300 for 1000 pieces order. The company also demonstrates their e-ink 9.7” tablet that includes a stylus for drawing or writing.

Remix OS on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2016

Remix OS is shown here running super smoothly on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A57 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, here on a tablet reference.

Ubuntu booth tour at MWC 2016, Convergence, Phones, Tablets, Drones, IoT and more

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2016

After my interview with Mark Shuttleworth, here's my 17-minute Ubuntu booth tour video. Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition comes with 5.7" 1080p Exynos7420 octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53, 3GB RAM. At MWC 2016, Canonical is showing Ubuntu Convergence running on a Nexus 4, running a "Full Ubuntu" Unuity 8 out of the phone on the slimport HDMI output from the phone. Running the exact same Ubuntu on desktops and on ARM Powered Smartphone. Canonical is really excited to see more powerful hardware to come out running this Ubuntu Convergence solution, here poiting out that the phone runs LibreOffice, Firefox, GIMP, xchat, gedit, making it possible to use this as a desktop device.

BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet runs on the MediaTek MT8163A Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs a full Ubuntu, enabling to set it to Desktop mode to run any Ubuntu app.

Snappy Ubuntu Core delivers applications for Drones, Robots and the IoT market. Here showing off the UAVIA Snappy Ubuntu Core powered drone, running on a Toradex Freescale i.MX6 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 System on Module, making a more intelligent drone better to enable autonomous flight thanks to sense and avoid technologies. It also facilitates maintenance of drones by making remote software deployments secure, effective and failsafe. Snappy Ubuntu Core also is being demonstrated for home automation running on a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c.

Samsung also showcases their new Samsung Artik 1, Samsung Artik 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali400MP2 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, built in wireless WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN based Thread protocol for Google Nest. Samsung Artik 10 octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A15 and quad ARM Cortex-A7. All Samsung IoT Artik modules are offered using their new ePoP (package-on-package) design, optimized for the IoT market. Artik includes also cloud-based device management based on SmartThings Open Cloud providing SDKs to help connect endpoint devices to the cloud using Java, Android, iOS, PHP, and Python tools. Open Cloud is partially based on the Samsung SAMI data driven development platform. The Atik 5 development board with the module is available for $100 at digikey

Also at the Ubuntu booth is the lead developer for the Etherum decentralized software platform, using blockchain to power the IoT market. Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. The Ethereum team now works on Slock.it, where the vision is that an unused bicycle in your shed gets a new lease on life. Parking spots can be sublet on demand. Airbnb apartments become fully automated. It's the future infrastructure of the Sharing Economy, Slock.it was shown at the Lift Conference here

Kirk Skaugen, General Manager of Intel PC Client Group at Huawei MateBook launch

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2016

Intel partners with Huawei to release Huawei's first Intel consumer device, the Huawei MateBook running on an Intel Core-M3/M5/M7 processor, with different skews from 4GB/8GB RAM and from 128GB/512GB SSD storage, to be sold from $699 to $1599 without the keyboard dock. Kirk Skaugen talks about how Intel says that the 2-in-1 segment is their fastest growing consumer client market after the phablet with a 40% growth in 2015 compared with 2014 (but not saying how many units that represents). Kirk Skaugen also says Intel is looking forward to provide "full" Windows Continuum products also taking advantage of USB Type-C DisplayPort and other screen outputs and smart docks that add connectors also through USB Type-C like the MateDock.

Off camera I asked him (as I've been asking every Intel spokesperson that I see at tradeshows for years) when Intel would be making ARM Processors for consumer devices in their Fab, letting the market choose which architecture is best to use, but he smiled and didn't respond. Check back later on my channel for more on that, probably.

Qualcomm booth tour at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2016

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on 14nm is ready shown in LeTV Le Max Pro, LG G5 and the Sony Xperia X using their newest Kryo custom ARMv8 64bit CPU, their newest Adreno GPU and their newest Spectra ISP camera image sensor. Qualcomm also releases 3 new ARM processors, the Snapdragon 625 on 14nm, Snapdragon 425 and Snapragon 435 for the mid-tier and sub-premium tier. Those include the Snapdragon 500 series GPU, faster memory bandwidth and more. Qualcomm shows ultrasonic fingerprint technology that can go behind glass. Qualcomm shows 802.11ad for up to 7gbit/s Wi-Fi over the 60Ghz spectrum, and they show their newest LTE modems, the Qualcomm X12 LTE modem, and the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem that can go to gbit/s speeds over LTE.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 24, 2016

Ubuntu is being used around the world, on servers, to power the cloud, switches, routers, base stations and Snappy Ubuntu works on drones, robots and more for the IoT world. Snappy 3.0 will be on Ubuntu 16.04. Ubuntu also shows off Ubuntu on Smartphones, Tablets, and their Nexus 4 showing convergence running "the same" Ubuntu on the phone and on the external display as a dekstop. Check back for my Ubuntu booth tour video coming up.

Phoenix OS Android UI for Productivity on Alcatel OneTouch Xess 17.3″ All-in-One 64bit Octa-core MT8783

Posted by Charbax – February 24, 2016

Alcatel OneTouch Xess is an All-in-One big screen tablet BigTablet to function as an Android computer for family home use, it comes with 17.3’’ Full HD 1080p IPS display and 10 point capacitive touch, powered by MediaTek MT8783 64bit Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, with 10000mAh battery the battery life is up to 6 hours doing Full HD video playback, with front 5MP camera, 3-watt JBL stereo speakers, dual microphones. There is a hiden pop-up dock in the back with USB and earphone port, and a nice stainless adjustable carrying handle and multi-angle stand, supports gesture control using the front camera for kitchen use. Alcatel OneTouch Xess runs a windows-like GUI on Android 5.1 called Phoenix OS developed by a team in Beijing, ARMdevices.net also published similar Android UI in Remix OS and the Rockchip LightBizOS

Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, ARM Cortex-A72 available now

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2016

Seshu Madhavapeddy, VP of Product Management, responsible for the mobile compute product line at Qualcomm shows us a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Powered Tablet, it's an octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 on 28nm process node, with Cat6 LTE. The Qualcomm SD652 based tablet is now fully mass produced on the market, can be sold through different brands, with better specs at half the price of the iPad mini. It also features Immersive Audio for 3D audio and Adaptive Display that adjusts the color palette based on the light situation significantly improving the video playback quality, what Qualcomm calls the Tablet Home Theatre on the go experience. You can read more about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 here: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/652

Huawei press conference launching MakeBook at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 22, 2016

Watch the Huawei MWC 2015 press conference from my seat. Please link to the official recorded press conference video in the comments so that I can also link to it here for people who prefer to watch the official video, if there is one.