Here's some Web browsing and keyboard typing speed/accuracy test, I load a few random websites on the press room wifi featuring some smooth two-finger scrolling and clicking (consider trade show's thousands of people creating a bit of interference affecting the speed maybe a bit). The Hisense RK3288 Chromebook is one of the world's best value laptops at $149 I think, with I think the best mousepad among the $149 RK3288 Chromebooks (requires least/best pressure to click it seems) and the exterior design of the Hisense with some kind of granular texture I think is the nicest to handle and hold. But the Haier has a preferable matte display compared to the glossy display that I have seen on all the other RK3288 Chromebooks. While the idea of 4GB RAM may sound appealing, even if that increases the price by something like $20 (if they make such 4GB options available), maybe one can also consider that RAM usage on this RK3288 Chromebook, and RAM usage on Chrome OS in general, may be something that Google and Rockchip have been tweaking and optimizing alot, and it's something that is always improving with the automatic and regular software updates that we can expect to be sent out by Google to these. Please understand that I do not believe in running certain browser benchmarks to measure the usability/speed and performance of real user web browsing. To do an optimal benchmark, someone with high-speed cameras should measure how long it takes certain novice and advanced users to do a whole range of things on the web. To me the performance seems extremely good and satisfactory. But of course I would like to have one of these and to be able to use them as my main laptop, to see if it feels like the 32bit RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core can power all my web browsing needs! Imagine a smooth enough performance already achieve, how extra smooth the performance may be when Rockchip releases perhaps a next generation Chromebook optimized 64bit processor! Using the newly announced ARM Cortex-A72 perhaps! Check back also for my tests of the RK3288 Chromebooks by Asus and Haier.
Rockchip shows their super cool new $149 Chrome OS Chromebooks on their RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with ARM Mali-T764 GPU. The performance seems very smooth (see my other separate Hands-on Multi-Tab Web Browsing Test videos with each of the Chromebooks). Rockchip has been working for more than the past year with Google's Chrome OS team to optimize and deliver an experience for Chrome OS on their RK3288 platform, stable enough for now launching massive mass productions with Hisense, Haier and Asus through big Laptop factories in Taiwan and China. They would like to see big volumes shipped, possibly more than 10 million units shipped, now available for pre-order the Haier RK3288 Chromebook for $149 at Amazon and the Hisense RK3288 Chromebook for $149 at Walmart
This is the Radxa Rock2 on Rockchip RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17, still being optimized for release at http://radxa.com/Rock2 it's configured as a SoM (System on Module) board with a choice of two base boards with more or less connectors and with that SoM module swappable. Tyler Baker of the Linaro LAVA team talks about the connectors and how Linaro is integrating this into http://kernelci.org which you can hear about at http://armdevices.net/2015/02/28/kernelci-org-upstream-kernel-validation-project/
As Rockchip is ramping up the output of their new RK3288 processor, this is the official presentation video for the Rockchip RK3288 processor. Some of the advantages highlighted are 10-second boot time, Fast app loading, Multi-window UI, Fast Web browsing, up to 2560x1600 display, H265 4K playback, 4K HDMI2.0 at 60fps, Turstzone PlayReady HDCP Widevine DRM, Dolby audio, 13 Megapixel back camera and some of the Mali-T764 GPU features such as Transaction Elimination, Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression, ARM Frame Buffer Compression, Stereoscopic 3D Game Driver and the POP-Star Searching Entertainment Engine. You can read more about it at http://www.rock-chips.com/a/en/products/RK32_Series/2014/0504/484.html and you can watch all the RK3288 videos that I posted thus far at http://armdevices.net/?s=RK3288
Rockchip shows Android 5.0 Lollipop running on their RK3288 Quad core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764, here's Rockchip's press release about Android 5.0 on RK3288 (English version using Google translate). This may be an early test version of the new Android 5.0 on RK3288, I do not know how long it may take before Rockchip will be ready to update Lollipop to RK3288 devices on the market. I also expect that the work to update to Android 5 may be somewhat different on the Tablet and on the Set-top-box bringing real Android TV 5.0 to the RK3288 Android Set-top-box market!
- Rockchip To Offer Android 5.0 To Partners (mikecanex.wordpress.com)
Potentially released as soon as next month by Lenovo, Digitimes reports that Lenovo and Asus are preparing to release $149 Chromebooks based on the Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764. The rumored screen size is 11.6" according to Digitimes.
To be seen if those include 2GB or 4GB RAM. I think 4GB RAM would be nice, even if that adds a few $ to BOM cost. Perhaps they can just let consumers choose to double RAM to 4GB if they just pay $10 or $20 more. I think it would also be nice if they also provide a larger $169 13.3" skew. Both with 1366x768 matte displays would be good I think. At least one, or multiple SD card slots for storage, HDMI output, at least 2 USB3 would be nice.
I think if the performance is smooth, if the keyboard/mousepad/display qualities are great, if the designs by Lenovo and Asus are classy "like a Macbook Air" and not purposefully cheap looking, the RK3288 Chromebooks may become more popular than RK3288 in Android Tablets, and Chrome OS on RK3288 Set-top-boxes may also be more popular than RK3288 Android Set-top-boxes. If priced right, and if mass produced at absolute maximum capacity by brands like Lenovo and Asus, I think this could potentially become one of the most popular laptops in the world, potentially overtaking Wintel laptops faster than anyone can imagine.
- Asustek and Lenovo prep $149 Chromebooks - report (kitguru.net)
- Expect Lenovo & ASUS to launch $149 Chromebooks early in 2015 (HEXUS.net)
- Brace yourselves: $149 Chromebooks are coming (techreport.com)
- Asus and Lenovo Set to Release $149 Chromebooks: Report (techpp.com)
Sunchip presents their latest Rockchip RK3288 HDMI Stick, Allwinner A80 Set-top-box, AmLogic S812 Set-top-box and more. Minimum orders are 500. Android 5.0 Lollipop and Chrome OS are going to be supported on most of these boxes too.
You can contact Sunchip here:
Shenzhen Sunchip Technology Co., Ltd
Kobe Chen, Sales Manager
Mobile: +86 13751103656
Phone: +86 755 26733959
Vido M11Pro on RK3288 with iPad Air display with 9000mAh battery, Tablets on MediaTek and some of Vido's Intel tablets that dual-boot Android and Windows 8.1.
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Pipo shows their latest RK3288 tablets including the new Pipo P1+ with thinner lighter Retina iPad Air display and more compact form factor with 9,800mAh battery and MHL for 4K output and UltraStick for optional 3G/4G support. Pipo also shows their new 11.6" FHD Tablet. Pipo also shows their new glasses free 3D Tablet with a quite amazing system that follows your eyes using the front facing camera to adjust the glasses free 3D effect to however far one person is looking at it when it's displaying 3D content. They also have 4G LTE on 10.1" MediaTek MT6592+MT6290 dual chip LTE. Pipo also shows some Marvell PXA1L88 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 LTE Phablets at 7" and 6" size. Then Pipo does Intel 7", 8", 8.9" and 10.1" running Windows 8.
- The "Air" Version: Pipo P1+ Announced (mikecanex.wordpress.com)
Shenzhen Bluetimes Technology Co Ltd presents their latest Set-top-boxes (contact below for samples) such as Realtek RTD1195 ($30-$60 depending on designs for samples), Rockchip RK3288 ($50 samples in HDMI Stick), AmLogic M802 ($79 on Bluetimes B2C websites (2)) and Allwinner A80 Set-top-boxes (samples to be available for $80 next month).
You can contact Bluetimes here to enquire about distribution and to buy samples of these (please only contact them if you are a serious potential distributor):
Selina Song, Sales Manager
Mobile: +86 15889676443
Phone: +86 755 27319033 ext: 8012