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Ampe ICOO ICOU7GT, 7″ 1280×800 Allwinner A31 for $129

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2013

Nice looking 7" 1280x800 IPS tablet with the Allwinner A31 inside. Selling for about $129 (800rmb) in Shenzhen China.

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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Alldocube RK3188 Tablet Factory Tour Part 3/3: Assembly

Posted by Charbax – April 9, 2013

Welcome on this 23-minute tour at the Alldocube RK3188 Tablet assembly line. See how Shenzhen Cube assembles about 2-3 million Android Rockchip tablets a year, expecting to double their output each year.

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Be sure to have seen all my 21 Shenzhen Factory videos in my YouTube playlist for Shenzhen Factory videos, more to come in the days/weeks to come! Check back!

Alldocube Tablet Factory Tour Part 2/3: SMT workshop

Posted by Charbax – April 9, 2013

Here's a look at Alldocube's SMT line in their Shenzhen Headquarters.

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Alldocube RK3188 Tablet Factory Tour Part 1/3: Headquarters

Posted by Charbax – April 2, 2013

Welcome on my full tour (Part 1 of 3) at the Alldocube Tablet Factory in Shenzhen China. This is the tour at the Alldo Cube Headquarters, featuring their R&D office, design, testing, component storage, component quality control and the device repair/support area. Alldocube in Shenzhen is finalizing the testing and is beginning mass production of the Rockchip RK3188 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 28nm HKMG based tablets. Full mass production of the new RK3188 Quad-core Tablets is expected for the middle of April 2013. Check back in the next days for the Parts 2 and 3 of this Factory Tour, to feature the Alldocube SMT Line and Assembly lines next.

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