Huawei launches their new proprietary Android UI Home Replacement at IFA 2012, I wish that Huawei allow the users disable that custom UI and that they let the user get a vanilla Android experience on their devices if they want.
Here are some of the highlights of the Huawei IFA 2012 Press Conference. They are launching a whole range of new Android phones Y201 pro for $129/129€, G330 for $199/199€, G600 for $299/299€, P1 for $399/399€ and D1 Quad XL for $449/449€ and tablets 10FHD and MediaPad 7 Lite on the European and worldwide markets in October, and they are also launching their new Huawei Emotion UI.
4" WVGA screen, 1Ghz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM, ships with ICS, JB upgrade likely.
3.5" IPS, 800Mhz Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM, ICS now with JB later.
To experience the most insane video-gamging ever, get a 4K Quad-FHD screen from Toshiba and connect a powerful PC with a 4K-capable latest/fastest GPU such as ATI 7970 and Nvidia 680, you can then play many of the latest big high-end games that thus render the full 3840x2160 of the game at 30fps, it looks awesome.
Thin 1280x800 tablet with Tegra3.
So it's kind of expensive at 449€ for a 7" tablet, but it comes with a nice 7.7" 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus screen.
In this video, I show web browsing speed on this OMAP4470 ARM Powered Laptop/Tablet convertible. This ARM Powered Laptop loads web pages faster than the Ultrabook, both over the same WiFi home network! I load web pages like Engadget.com, Gizmodo.com and TheVerge.com faster on the $400 Archos 101 XS than on the $1000 Toshiba z830 Ultrabook! And the firmware isn't even Jelly Bean yet! It'll get the Jelly Bean firmware by the time Archos starts selling this device next month in Europe or the month after that in the USA! Everyone knows Jelly Bean and Linaro speeds up Android even more!
This Archos 101 XS likely provides one of the industry's fastest performance for productivity on Android, it's the first OMAP4470 device announced and demonstrated that I know of. Productivity is in Chrome on Android and a few other productivity apps that can be the Office suite (included for free for word/excell/powerpoint stuff) and that can also be Remote Desktop for enterprise professionals who want productivity that way using Teradici and Citrix on Android stuff. I would like Archos to integrate Ubuntu on Android also, I hope they call Canonical to get that included with the Jelly Bean firmware. Thus you'd click on the Ubuntu icon to switch to Ubuntu in a second, do whatever you want in Ubuntu including run any Ubuntu application, and then have the same icon on Ubuntu to switch back to full Android in a second too.
While we're waiting and looking forward to even faster ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604, that likely doesn't reach consumer devices until next year though. Right now, the latest and best class of ARM Cortex-A9 processors, with OMAP4470, with 32nm Exynos 4412, with 28nm Qualcomm S4 Pro Quad-core, with HiSilicon K3V2, i.MX6 Quad, we're getting some excellent memory bandwidth performance on ARM allowing for fast enough full 720p/800p even 1080p web browsing speeds on Tablet, Laptop screens and on any external monitors as a Desktop/Set-top-box with full fast enough performance for productivity!
The time we've been waiting for is here! The ARM Powered Laptop is faster than an Intel Atom Netbook! It's even faster than an Intel Core i5 Ultrabook!!!
While at $299 and an unlimited amount of cash (think: French/EU Francois Hollande national IT investment project) for mass production, I think Archos can single handedly be able to sell more Android Laptops like this one than all the Intel/Microsoft Ultrabooks/Netbooks and new Windows 8 convertibles put together. At $399 introductory Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price, Archos can still get in there and sell as many as Archos can afford to manufacture, selling easily at 50% cheaper than the iPad3 with keyboard ($598), at 63% cheaper than the Asus Transformer Prime/Infinity with keyboard ($648), this is the thinnest, lightest 10.1" ARM Powered Laptop/Tablet convertible yet. And it has features other tablet makers don't have such as full hardware accelerated video and audio codecs support, MicroSD/HDMI and USB Host, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct, 1080p@60fps/3D@1080p@30fps and multimedia streaming features such as Samba/Upnp and DLNA.
I think it's great value and I'm looking forward to try to use this as my main 10.1" tablet/laptop instead of my ultrabook for the next few weeks and months. Let me know in the comments what specific features you'd like me to test on this device in my next video of it.
Sure $299 with keyboard would have been nicest, but even at $399 it's a no-brainer:
Archos 101 XS with keyboard: $399
Asus Transformer Pad TF300 with keyboard: $528 (+33%)
Acer Iconia Tab A700 with keyboard: $598 (+50%)
Asus Transformer Prime with keyboard: $648 (+63%)
iPad3 with keyboard: $598 (+50%)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with keyboard: $598 (+50%)
Microsoft Surface with keyboard: $599 (likely) (+50%)
Archos 101 XS is the thinnest, the lightest, has better performance than Tegra3, offers fastest GPU and memory bandwidth on the market (the 32nm Exynos4412 probably beats or equals though), offers features none of those more expensive devices have.
Check back for my initial extensive video-review of Archos 101 XS Gen10 tomorrow!! I expect to use this as my favorite 10" device to replace all other 10" tablets, Netbooks and Ultrabooks in the months to come.
- Archos 101 XS first hands-on and review (androidauthority.com)
- Hands-on: Archos 101 XS review (pocket-lint.com)
- Archos 101 XS Tablet Comes With Keyboard Cover Case (pcworld.com)
- The Archos 101 XS Review: Prettier, Faster, So Much Better (anandtech.com)
- Archos 101 XS Tablet Review (androidcommunity.com)
- Review: The Archos Gen10 101 XS Android Tablet (techcrunch.com)
- Archos 101 XS: Hang on… Did Archos just launch the best 10-inch Android tab ever? (electricpig.co.uk)
- Archos 101 XS Review (ubergizmo.com)
Here's Engadget's video:
It's the dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 that can be clocked up to 1.7Ghz with the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. Zach Honig of Engadget writes:
ARM says its working with eight manufacturers to get the licensed tech to market as early as Q3
I think the word "market" is meant as the B2B market not yet the B2C one. I don't think they mean consumers can buy ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 in devices already in Q3, I think they probably mean that manufacturers can buy early samples of Exynos5 with Mali-T604 in Q3 and more likely start selling mass produced devices to consumers not before next year. But who knows? Could Mali-T604 be ready to ship in ARM devices before the end of the year already?
- ARM launches Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678 GPU (armdevices.net)
- ARM's Mali-T604 makes official debut (engadget.com)
- ARM's Mali-T604 is coming and it'll sport Full Profile OpenCL 1.1 (HEXUS.net)