Shenzhen Behind the Scenes 2: utopiacn, Apad Android Tablet maker

Posted by – April 12, 2011

See how this small Chinese Android tablet maker makes it happen, how they do it, see UtopiaCN’s boss show his new 10″ Freescale i.MX51 powered Android tablet, with tea and cigarettes, meet the creator of the famous Apad Android Tablets line, he says he was the first to introduce the ipad-copies and that everyone else copied his copies. They specialize in making Freescale i.MX51 and later i.MX53 tablets, and they also have some AmLogic PCBs lying around. Find more information about them and order their products at http://utopiacn.com

Also watch my other videos in my series “Shenzhen Behind the Scenes“:
1: Hongda Factory tour
2: utopiacn, Apad Android Tablet maker
3: Richtechie.com, Freescale i.MX51/53 PCB designer
4: Walking around the Shenzhen smartphone market
5: 3Gnet Factory Tour

Shenzhen Behind the Scenes 3: Richtechie.com, Freescale i.MX51/53 PCB designer

Posted by – April 12, 2011

The PCB is the motherboard, it includes the ARM Processor, all the main components of an ARM Powered device. The PCB designer designs that PCB according to plan to fit a certain amount of functionality into a given price point. They take the ARM SoC and puts it on a compact motherboard design, one that fits in Android tablets, Smartphones and more. In this video you can see some of the young engineers working at http://richtechie.com on the current and future Freescale i.MX51 and i.MX53 designs that this PCB makers customers want to release to the market.

Also watch my other videos in my series “Shenzhen Behind the Scenes“:
1: Hongda Factory tour
2: utopiacn, Apad Android Tablet maker
3: Richtechie.com, Freescale i.MX51/53 PCB designer
4: Walking around the Shenzhen smartphone market
5: 3Gnet Factory Tour

Best of Shenzhen: $87 Android 3.5″ capacitive phone, MTK6516 FG8

Posted by – April 11, 2011

Here’s my initial video- and photo-review of this $87 Android smartphone that I found at the Shenzhen electronics market. It’s based on the ARM9 Mediatek MTK6516 processor, with Dual-SIM (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) support, Android Froyo 2.2 installed (seems smooth!), AGPS, 2Megapixel Camera, Bluetooth A2DP, the screen is a great 3.5″ capacitive touch screen, seems super! You read this right, this one now sells on the Shenzhen market for only $87 (565 Chinese Renminbi).

Here are the specs for this Mediatek MTK6516 ARM9 Based so-called FG8 Android phone:

MTK6516 ARM9 460Mhz + 260Mhz DSP (that can do certain video playback and other UI acceleration)
3.5″ Capacitive HVGA 480×320 screen
256MB RAM
Froyo Android 2.2 supported
Dual-SIM Card slots GSM Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz works worldwide on GSM/GPRS/EDGA (no 3G HSDPA data speeds though)
WiFi, FM, Bluetooth A2DP, AGPS, 2Mpix Camera, Microphone, MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB), Mp4 playback support claimed, 3-4 hours talk time and 200 hours standby time claimed (I haven’t tested yet).

Here are some pictures of this awesome product (click thumbnails for the bigger photos on Google Picasaweb):

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Let me know in the comments what features you would like me to test in my next videos of this device. If you can find links for realiable-looking online Shenzhen exporters for where to order, post the links to export stores in the comments, so interested people can try to order with worldwide shipping.

Thinkbook RK2818 Capacitive Froyo $100 tablets

Posted by – April 10, 2011

Thinkbook T-718 uses Rockchip 2818 with a 7″ capacitive touch screen, Froyo, for about $100 ordered in bulk. They also make it in 8″ and 10″ sizes, all capacitive.

NewWay Freescale i.MX515 Capacitive $244 Tablet

Posted by – April 10, 2011

szppm is showing this 9.7″ same quality as iPad1 LG touch screen, based on the Freescale i.MX515 it’s sold for $244 at retail price, thus can be gotten from them for a bunch cheaper in bulk.

vdiscovery makes $45 Infotmic ARM11 imapx210 PCB

Posted by – April 10, 2011

Here’s an interesting interview with http://www.vdiscovery.cn where they explain what else is needed to be added to create a tablet with the ARM Powered PCBA that they deliver based on the Infotmic imapx210 ARM11 processor for just $45 or cheaper depending on quantity.

MID Joyplus shows new Wondermedia, Rockchip, Telechips and Samsung Tablets

Posted by – April 10, 2011

MID Joyplus is showing new Wondermedia WM8652 based 9.7″ tablet, a Rockchip Rk2818 10.1″ design and a 8″ 4:3 capacitive Telechips tablet. They still also have the Samsung Hummingbird 7″ for around $150.

Urbetter makes $73 Samsung PCB for Android Tablets

Posted by – April 10, 2011

Here’s a company who makes the Samsung Hummingbird ARM Cortex-A8 based PCBA for about $73 or cheaper depending on quantity, to put into those nice capacitive 7″ or larger Samsung Hummingbird tablets that are coming out.

MID123.com Hummingbird Gingerbread Tablet

Posted by – April 10, 2011

Samsung Hummingbird based capacitive 7″ tablet runs Gingerbread, more info at http://www.mid123.com

$95 Cortex-A9 Tablet Review, Kinstone KS-UMD070A9

Posted by – April 9, 2011

World’s cheapest ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet thus far (single core), it is to be sold at $95 FOB Shenzhen, meaning for orders of at least 500 pieces. Add taxes, import, licences, profit margins and the retail price in Europe and USA may be around $149/149€.

Here are the specs:

AmLogic 8726-M ARM Cortex-A9 Single Core 800Mhz
ARM Mali-400 graphics
Android 2.2 (2.3, 3.0 updates possible, depends on Google policies)
512MB RAM
4GB Flash
7″ resistive (capacitive available for about $30 extra)
WiFi, Bluetooth, Accelerometer
1800mAh battery
USB 2 host/device connector
HDMI output with 1080p full video codecs support (maximum video bitrate to be tested later.. Do you know of online benchmarks for video playback on this AmLogic, please write in comments)
Flash 10.1, 3G Dongle, GPS (optional, requires extra module)

Find more information or contact the manufacturer at http://www.kinstone.net