Category: Tablets

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Lenovo A1000, 7″ 1024×600, MediaTek dual-core MT8377

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

Lenovo releases this cheap MediaTek dual-core based tablet.

ARM Mali-T604 GPU Compute Renderscript and Open GL

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

ARM demonstrates GPU Computing on the new ARM Mali-T604 GPU, rendering graphical features, filters, encoding, processing certain things much faster and using much less power by processing those things on the GPU instead of on the CPU.

ARM Mali-T604 Graphics performance beyond 1080p

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

ARM runs the Epic Citadel benchmark at 55fps at 2560x1600 (4 megapixels = 2x 1080p) on the Mali-T604 while on Intel's latest mobile platform, that same benchmark runs 10fps slower at a resolution of only 1280x720 (less than 4x lower resolution?). ARM also shows the improvements when using the Mali-T604 with Open GL ES 3.0 which hopefully is soon going to be added in Android, providing higher quality 3D graphics features.

Asus PadFone Infinity

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

The newest 5" 1080p Smartphone from Asus runs on the 1.7Ghz Qualcomm S600 processor and docks into a 1080p 10.1" Tablet to instantly transform the smartphone into a tablet.

Viewsonic VSD241 24″ and VSD220 22″ All-in-one Android Computers

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

You get the full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience on the 24" Viewsonic VSD241 1080p display running on a Tegra3 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the 22" Viewsonic VSD220 1080p display running on the OMAP4430 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9. The price of integrating the ARM SoC with Android is perhaps not much more than selling the touch screen display by itself, and with the HDMI input and USB you can connect any Windows 8 Laptop or Desktop to this screen to thus use the same large touch screen to also use Windows 8.

Marvell PXA1088 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 smartphone reference design

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2013

Marvell shows their new PXA1088 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, here in a reference design smartphone. They also show the dual-core PXA968 with CDMA and with TD-SCDMA both pin-compatible in a 7" tablet reference design.

You can read more about the PXA1088 here: http://www.marvell.com/communication-processors/pxa1088/assets/Marvell_PXA1088-02_product_brief.pdf

Nvidia Tegra4 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 with HDR video and photo engine

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2013

Nvidia is releaing their quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, here demonstrating their Chimera camcorder and photography engine that enables fast and easy HDR photography and video recording. They have a special sensor and technology that allows one optical system to record enough range to create HDR video at full 1080p 30fps framerate enabling also HDR photography on all upcoming Tegra4 devices without needing to take more than one picture. Tegra4 can playback 4K video, it has a 72-core GPU enabling advanced graphics and GPU Compute and a lot of other features.

$169 HP Slate 7 Android tablet

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2013

HP seems to have given up making the Palm OS and now is back in the Android tablet market with this affordable 7" Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core tablet to be sold for $169.

Allwinner A31S quad-core for Phablets, A20 dual-core pin-compatible with A10

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2013

Allwinner released the Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with SGX544MP2 back in December, and tablets have been shipping with it since January. Now at Mobile World Congress 2013, Allwinner announces the Allwinner A31S for use in Phablets, to support the modem module from ZTE and be optimized for Phablet use, Phablets are described as 3G/LTE phone devices between 5" and 7" in screen size. Allwinner also talks about the Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 that is pin-compatible with Allwinner A10 tablet designs, thus the A20 is expected to replace all Allwinner A10 tablet designs from March onwards.

299€ GoClever Hybrid, Rockchip RK3066 Tablet with Keyboard Dock

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2013

Check out this GoClever Hybrid tablet with keyboard dock. It's similar to the Asus Transformer but for about half the price, selling at 299€ in 15 European countries. This device runs on the Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 and they plan to also release one featuring the Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7.