Category: Shenzhen Electronics Fair

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Konka 50″, 65″ and 84″ 4K screens

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2013

Konka is showing their latest 4K screens, at 50", 65" and 84" sizes.

Vivo X1S, MT6589 ultra-thin 6.55mm for $403

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2013

This is perhaps the best looking MediaTek MT6589 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 phone that I have seen yet out of China. I don't know where the Vivo brand comes from, but this phone is kind of impressive although it is kind of expensive for a MT6589 phone. It includes DAC audio using on-board Cirus Logic chip which provides quite high quality sound.

AU Optronics 5″ 1080p OLED and other LCDs including 4K 55″ and 65″

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2013

AUO debuts their 5-inch FHD OLED smartphone display with a 443ppi pixel density, as well as they are showing off a full range of smartphone displays from 5" to 5.7" adopting AHVA technology with LTPS production process, or Hyper LCD technology, with resolutions of 1080p, 720p, providing super narrow bezel with 1mm-width from display area to touch panel border. AUO is also some of their latest transparent and mirror displays for digital signage applications, for smart vending machines and other. For better touch screens, AUO is introducing One Glass Solution Touch, integrating the cover lens and sensor glass into the ultra slim and light module. The direct bonding manufacturing process simplifies the production procedure of the integration of the touch structure, panel and backlight to provide slimmer and lighter, high optical and anti-glare performance LCD modules.

Nubia Z5, APQ8064 ultra-thin

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2013

ZTE's new brand Nubia releases this ultra-thin Z5 Android phone on the Qualcomm APQ8064 processor.

Skyworth 4K 50″ sells for $1453 in China

Posted by Charbax – April 10, 2013

You can now buy this Skyworth 50E780U 4K HDTV in China for under $1500. It's for sale right now. $1453 (8999rmb) is just the official suggested retail price, it seems to be sold for as cheap as $1323 (8198rmb) online at taobao (which I think is kind of China's Amazon).

This 4K display is made by Taiwanese Chimei Innolux, it's sold by the Skyworth brand, the number 1 TV brand in China (in front of Samsung in China). The only sad thing about this 4K display is that you are only getting a 50" size, not 55" nor 65", I have been talking about my wish of seeing sub-$2000 4K 55" during 2012/2013, now we've got sub-$1500 4K, but for now it's 50". I'm seriously considering buying one of these for myself, if I can somehow have it safely shipped to myself in Europe with UPS or some other shipping method, do you think that would be a good idea or will I regret not having at least a 55" screen size for my 4K home screen resolution? Maybe if I wait another 2-3 months, sub-$2000 55" 4K screens are going to be broadly available? I am very excited about the possibilities of 4K displays, simply because the demonstrations of 4K at trade shows that I have seen over the past few years have always been the highlights of the shows for me. 4K is way, way more interesting than 3D. I also expect to be able to buy sub-$2000 4K camcorders later this year, maybe Panasonic is working on a GH4 with 4K high bitrate video recording resolution. And I am convinced that YouTube, BitTorrent and other online sources for above 16mbit/s compressed 4K video streaming or downloading can provide for awesome 4K video content online in the months and years to come. So I am not worried about 4K content. I am sure Hollywood already has digitized most of their movies in 4K resolution and it wouldn't be hard for them to release them all in 4K as soon as the home movies industry decides how to release them, I'd say they should just turn on 4K video-on-demand right now. $20/month for unlimited 4K movie streaming/downloading/progressive-downloading, I'd pay for that Hollywood! To save on bandwidth costs, Hollywood should just use BitTorrent for their 4K VOD movie distribution. All 8 megapixel pictures can already provide for great 4K slideshows today. I would consider placing my 4K display on an adjustable arm that easily allows the display to be used for office use, home cinema use and when raised a bit higher it can be a constant amazing 8 megapixel slideshow display in the living room. I wonder though what will be with the 30fps limitation of HDMI 1.4a that is the 4K interface used by these new 4K displays, I wonder if a firmware update can transform those to a possible HDMI 1.5 with at least 60fps or maybe 120fps support and maybe also higher bitrate if needed. I'm also worried about the built-in ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core M-star processor system not being user-replaceable once faster processors get available, because the solution to the limitation of HDMI 1.4a would be to directly stream all the contents from Ethernet or USB, but if the built-in processor needs update for the user interfaces, the 4K Google TV UI that I am expecting and perhaps especially the video decode performance being upgraded in the future. There, I'd prefer if the ARM SoC platform was easily user replaceable in all new 4K TVs, that I think would make the 4K panels more future proof regardless what happens with the eventual limitations of HDMI. What do you think is the future-proof 4K solution to the current 30fps@4K limitation of current HDMI 1.4a?

Check back for more than 100 videos from Shenzhen and Hong Kong in the next few days

Posted by Charbax – April 9, 2013

Get ready to reload my website several times a day over the next few days to discover tons and tons of new videos of the latest best value ARM Powered devices out of China that I am about to video-blog here in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair, then China Sourcing Fair and mostly at the HKTDC Electronic Fair here from April 10-16th, then April 17-21th I'll video-blog some more in Shenzhen China. Let me know in the comments if you've heard about some awesome new devices by Chinese companies which you know are exhibiting at these trade shows or who have something to show on video in Shenzhen China.

Get ready for tons of new quad-cores, ARM Cortex-A9, A7, A5, check back for the markets latest best value tablets, smartphones, set-top-boxes, HDMI Sticks. If you have any requests for Shenzhen Factories and Shenzhen companies which I should interview at and film factory tours at, let me know in the comments!

If you have any tips for what I should video-blog these next 11 days, let me know here in the comments or to my email charbax@gmail.com thanks!

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Highlights from my 2 weeks of video-blogging at 4 conferences in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou China

Posted by Charbax – April 27, 2012

During these past 2 weeks, I posted 122 videos from my trip in China. Thanks for watching! I have now returned back in Europe. Here are the numbers of videos that I posted from each conference:

Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

- Shenzhen Electronics Fair (April 10-11th): 21 videos

- China Sourcing Fair (April 12, 15th): 32 videos

- HKTDC Electronics Fair (April 13, 14, 16th): 36 videos

- Canton Fair (April 18th): 11 videos

- Videos filmed at the Shenzhen Electronics Market, at Shenzhen company headquarters and at Shenzhen Factories: 22 videos

Here are the trends from these conferences looking at the number of videos that I filmed in each trending chip provider category:

1. Boxchip AllWinner A10 and A13 ARM Cortex-A8 with Mali-400 GPU. 24 new videos filmed. Before this trip, I only had 3 Boxchip related videos on my site, Boxchip has now exploded in popularity among Chinese device makers. It offers a beautifully smooth Ice Cream Sandwich experience for a really low cost. This cheap ARM Cortex-A8 SoC with Mali-400 GPU acceleration for Android 4 ICS might be key to make this solution now very popular: $63 no-name from Shenzhen Market, $47 capacitive Boxchip A13, Aipad Wacom, $120 9.7" iPad-like, $79 1024x600 7" IPS from Daza Electronics, FirstView, $85 10.1" Laptops from Sunlike, $80 1024x600 7" and $57 WVGA from Bmorn, Boxchip in Game players by Yinlips, $59 A13 from T Link, 1024x600 compact 7" from Avaid, $49 resistive, Ochang, Yones Toptech, GDB, $60 Apical, $64 Eken, Rocat, Sanxo, 10" Laptop by Kinstone, 7" Laptop by Kinstone, 4upad, Yamay.

2. Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Quad-core Mali-400 GPU. My Interview with Rockchip about RK3066. The initial benchmarks I've heard about on RK3066 place its performance very high. There are already a range of prototypes with RK3066 inside being shown by a whole range of Rockchip partners. Here are my first RK3066 videos: $128 10.1" 1280x800 by Alldocube, Pipo 10.1" and 9.7". Expect lots new RK3066 devices to be released quickly. The SoC and price difference between this and ARM Cortex-A8 solutions may make this one very popular even for cheap/affordable implementations out of China.

3. MediaTek MT6575 ARM Cortex-A9 with SGX531 GPU. MediaTek looks to dominate the low-cost Android smartphone market out of China. Last year, it was the ARM9 based MT6516 (as in my FG8 phone that I used as my main phone for 9 months until I upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus this February) that only supported 2G Dual-sim, which they then upgraded to the ARM11 based MT6573 with 3G dual-sim about 6 months ago, but now the MT6575 is a single-core ARM Cortex-A9 with full Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich support. The MT6575 is likely going to have a huge influence on the new higher performance yet still cheap Android phones to come in the next weeks and months out of China. ICS on sub-$150 5" WVGA MT6575 Dolphin A80 phone (2), ICS on 5.2" Hyundai H950 MT6575, $142 Galaxy Nexus clone with MT6575, Zopo ZP100 with MT6575 selling now for $174 street price in Shenzhen (I bought one, I'm waiting for the ICS release within days/weeks), Amoi dual-battery MT6575, sub-$140 5.2" MT6575 by Daza Electronics, Quality Industrial MT6575, $75 3.5" MT6575 by Orient and a bunch of companies showing MT6573 solutions: Yooe/Runtong MT6573 7" Tablet, Long Ten Jie, Sharing, Begin, Dynamax, Vinus, Pusite, Zivi, J8000 and X20i, Zhongyi, Goal, LGTD, Migo, Zhenai waterproof.

4. Rockchip RK2906 ARM Cortex-A8 without HDMI for cheap. As with the Boxchip A13 without HDMI, Rockchip now also releases a new lower cost ARM Cortex-A8 skew without HDMI called the RK2906. The thinking might be that many people in China and worldwide do not have a HDMI or do not need the HDMI output, so they may as well design the SoC without HDMI to save another $2-$5 on the bill of material for the device. I've found it in the $49 Rk2906 7" capacitive tablet by Sawink. Rockchip also launched the RK2908 (also featured in my Rockchip interview video) for cheaper ARM Cortex-A8 Set-top-boxes only.

Processors that I have not yet seen or noticed a lot of on this trip but who may have imminent devices that may quickly gain significant market share out of Shenzhen based device makers:

AmLogic announced their AML8726-MX Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 design. I think I've been hearing about a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 coming from Telechips. But those can not yet be sighted at the fairs as far as I know.

A bit can be seen featuring the ST-Ericsson U8500 and low-cost skew U8410, I expect several more devices to be shown soon out of China featuring these. Also offering potentially great value Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 for smartphones and connected tablets. I think ST-Ericsson wants to position their Dual-core Cortex-A9 to compete with Single-core Cortex-A9 solutions.

Broadcom can be found just a bit. Sprodcom was showing some.

I hear rumoring of impending Freescale i.MX6 devices, up to quad-core but I guess possibly also great value lower priced Single and Dual-core devices to come.

Renesas announced their MP5232 1.5Ghz Dual-core Cortex-A9 with integrated LTE modem back at Mobile World Congress. But I have not yet found devices featuring that. I wonder if they plan to regain Chinese makers interest with a faster low-cost successor to last year's EV2 533Mhz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9.

Qualcomm seems to have upgraded the MSM7227 with skews that use the new faster ARM Cortex-A5 instead of the previous year's ARM11. I am not sure if I have noticed that on this trip. I get a bit confused as they still call it MSM7227 or MSM7225, they add a T or an A at the end, I forget which is the new Cortex-A5 design.

Telechips also has a new Cortex-A5 processor which I first saw in March at CeBIT in the Valueplus Tizzbird HDMI stick, but I am also not sure if I have seen any other devices on this trip using that yet.

Fun things at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair

Posted by Charbax – April 23, 2012

Here are some examples of some of the fun things at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair.

Tablet Catwalk at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair

Posted by Charbax – April 13, 2012

This is the now famous Tablet catwalk at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair.

Fluffy Spider Technologies User Interface Tools for 2D and 3D

Posted by Charbax – April 13, 2012