By volume, the Android tablet sector has grown to an estimated 80 million units, outpacing the 75 million iPads sold by Apple thus far, according to estimates by Rockchip vice president Feng Chen.
At the beginning of 2012, the target price of a 7-inch capacitive screen media tablet featuring Cortex-A8 was $99. That price has since dropped to around $65, due largely to Allwinner
“now, as end-product cycles get shorter, we do everything from designing a chip to developing a board and software that goes around the hardware — literally within a couple of months,” he explained. In March, for example, Rockchip started to design its RK3066, a dual-core Cortex A9 chip with a quad-core Mali-400 GPU. By April, it hustled to showcase sample tablets based on the chip at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. By May, the company began shipping the new apps processor to its customers.
RF31xx is a dual core Cortex A9 product designed for tablets and smartphones. Using Globalfoundries’ high-k 28-nm process, “we can reduce cost, gain performance, but most importantly, we will reduce power consumption for tablets,” said Chen. “This gives us a better chance for competing against MediaTek,” which uses TSMC’s more conservative process node.
Shenzhen ZhongXiang Technology Co Ltd demonstrates their latest quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 based PCB which they put in their tablets, they have 8″, 9.7″ and they are making 7″ and other sizes. They can also make PCBs with the new 32nm dual-core Exynos 4212 processor. This Shenzhen PCB Design House basically is able to provide the worlds fastest ARM Processor in their own tablet tooling or for any tablet maker in Shenzhen or worldwide to integrate.
Tegra3, a new thin form factor with a bunch of docks for it from keyboard, to standard dock, desktop dock to speaker dock. Sony is customizing Android with a few features such as overlay widgets and more.
ARM Powered Windows 8 RT Samsung Ativ Tablet shown for the first time. It looks like it can work with a keyboard dock, my guess is the price is going to be $499/499€ without the keyboard, to be confirmed.
New 5.5″ Super AMOLED HD screen, new Quad-core Exynos4412 processor, battery life may be ok, stylus features can be fun or useful depending on what you want or need to do. Here I compare it with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus.