HKC shows their tablets, they’re selling 2.2 Million tablets per year at the moment, through stores like Walmart in the USA.
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The HP Slate Voice Tab 6″ 1280×720 Android phablet with a Marvell PXA1088 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with 16gb of storage plus Microsd and 1GB of ram, dual sim card slots with dual standby, priced at 249 Euros unlocked when sold in Europe to be available in May with a variety of swap-able back covers available in different colors. The HP Slate Voice Tab 7 has most of the same specifications and the Voice Tab 6 but instead has a 7″ screen. Both have front facing speakers and the ability to make phone calls, removable back cover but no removable battery. The HP Slate 7 VoiceTab sells for 229 Euros in Europe. Both devices include HP Datapass service to provide a free 250MB of 3G data per month in a select number of countries.
This is Huawei’s budget 8″ 1280×800 IPS tablet with the HiSilicon Kirin 910 1.6GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-450 GPU, 5-megapixel camera, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 4800mAh battery, dual front-facing speakers, 7.9mm thinness and a weight of 329gr.
Nokia makes Here Maps, to compete with Google Maps, Baidu Maps and Bing Maps. Now Nokia has ported Here Maps for Android, exclusively for now on the Nokia X Android phone. This video features an 18 minute overview of Nokia Here maps, including the UI, technology overview, automotive and more.
Linaro Engineers present a bunch of optimizations they recently did in Android for ARM. These optimizations are in areas like BIONIC for Cortex C string routines, migrating to GCC 4.9, migrating the external projects to their latest versions, optimizing SQLite, optimizing battery life, also they discuss their progress building Android with CLANG, migrating Android to latest versions and how Linaro is planning to release these optimizations to the Android community through Linaro Android releases and upstream them to respective project repositories.
The Android Linaro team’s presentations are live and available on Linaro.org LCA14 and on youtube at LinaraOnAir channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/LinaroOnAir:
LCA14-205: Optimizing SQLite for Android mobile
LCA14-304: Building Android with CLANG for ARM v7 and v8 platforms
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.
1920×1200 10.1″ display, Android 4.4, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm APQ8074+MSM8974AB, 3GB RAM, 8.1mpix back 2.2mpix front camera. Thin at only 6.4mm and 440 grams in weight, Sony claims the Xperia Z2 Tablet to be the world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet in a 10.1” package.
Unitone sell 3G tablets from $50 to $100 from 6″, 7″ and 7.85″.
Huawei shows what they claim is the world’s thinnest tablet running on the new HiSilicon Kirin 910 LTE-enabled (Cat.4) chip with a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-450 GPU, at just 7.8mm thin, 239gr in weight, with a 7″ 1920×1200 display, they claim it has 20-25 hours battery life with the 5000mAh battery capacity (wow?). It has dual 13MP and 5MP cameras and built-in 4G LTE support.