I ask normal people which of the top-3 high-end phablets they think is the better one among Huawei Mate 7, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the flagship phablets from the top-3 Smartphone manufacturers in the world. I think the Mate7 is the best among those, although for me to recommend it to everyone, Huawei should price it at $299 instead of $499.
Tourists in San Francisco compare the top-3 brand high-end phablets in the world, among Huawei Mate7, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. Those are the flagship high-end mass market phablets of the moment from the top-3 Smartphone manufacturers in the world. This video highlights display size to body ratio, camera feature and large screen enjoyment. Come back for 2 more episodes to be posted on http://ARMdevices.net I think the Huawei Mate7 (which I have been using for the past 3 months) is the best phablet among those 3. Check back before MWC in the next 2-3 days for my review of my Huawei Mate7.
The LAVA Lab is to integrate the Hisilicon Kirin 620 based 64bit HiKey board from http://96boards.org. Tyler Baker and Dave Pigott from the Linaro validation team discuss their plans for the deployment and testing of the HiKey board.
Arrow Electronics is the world’s biggest distributor of electronics components, they are a supporting partner in the Hi-Key development board, supported by the new http://96Boards.org program. With experience in distributing many different previous developments like the TI based Beaglebone, Arrow is excited for the things to come in this space. This is the world’s first affordable 64bit ARM development board for software developers, makers, and OEMs. It comes with 4GB of eMMC, WiFi/BLE, and HDMI output. You can order yours today for $129 at https://parts.arrow.com/item/detail/circuitco/999-0005854#GenG
Hisilicon engineer Justin Zhao, Software Architect at Hisilicon SoC architecture department, is bringing up the Linux software on the Hisilicon D02 Board, one of the most powerful ARM Processors in the world. They have a configuration with 32-core Cortex A57 @ max 2.1GHz and up to 2 SoC per board coming up within a few months (64-cores per board!), each SoC has 1MB L2 cache/cluser, 32MB L3 cache. The board has 12 SATA\SAS (8 for one SoC, 4 for the other), 2 10/100/1000Mb/s compatible Ethernet ports, 2 10Gb/s SFP+ Ethernet ports, 8 DDR3 RAM DIMMs, 4 PCIE solts (2 pieces/SoC), 2 UARTs & 2 JTAGs for debug, 1 USB host. Rob Savoye of Linaro’s Toolchain Group joins in this video discussing the installation of the latest GCC to this Board. Justin Zhao shows how he can bootup from Sata, PXE, Provision mode, NFS, with OpenSuse 13.1, Ubuntu 14.04, working on Red Hat. A LAMP (LAVA) and lxc (container) have already been enabled, and some Benchmarks (e.g. perf, iperf, ltp) have been executed on it too, perhaps Hisilicon will soon publish the test results also.
With the first being the Hislicon Kirin620 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 based $129 HiKey development board, http://96Boards.org is a new open hardware specification for ARM 32bit and 64bit development boards, and a Community Program for software delivery to developers, makers and OEMs. In this video, Linaro CEO George Grey describes the standardized expansion buses for peripheral I/O, display and cameras allowing the hardware ecosystem to develop a range of compatible add-on products that will work on any 96Boards product over the lifetime of the platform.The 96Boards initiative is designed to offer a single software and hardware community across multiple vendor boards supporting a range of different features. A fixed set of minimum functions including USB, SD, HDMI and standardized low speed and high speed peripheral connectors are provided. Vendors may add customized hardware and feature sets provided the minimum functions are available. Linaro expects this to extend the platform life, increase the market for add-on hardware, and accelerate open source upstreaming of support for new SoC features.
Here is the session by Linaro CEO George Grey talking further about the 96Boards hardware at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2015:
Linaro with members such as Hisilicon are porting and optimizing Chromium Blink with gstreamer running just above EGL, the next steps are to merging fully with the RDK project to replace the webkit core with blink core.
Egreat STBs based on Realtek RTD1195 dual core Cortex A9 SoC with 4K, H.265 video decoding support. The video also features older Realtek and Rockchip Android TV Boxes, and an RK3188 based game console (Egreat K3).
Egreat will launch their A-series media players soon: A3 and A9 models. I contacted the company for some more details, but since the product is still in development, there are not willing to disclose complete details at this stage.
Here are the specs I could gather for Egreat A9:
SoC — Realtek RTD1195 dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor
System Memory — N/A
Storage — N/A. Possibly a SATA bay is also present (Unclear)
Video Output / Input — Composite, Component and HDMI output (MHL).
HDMI input Audio — HDMI, Stereo output (RCA), and S/PDIF
Video Playback — 3D blu-ray video playback + full video format support. H.265 decode support.
Audio Playback — 7.1 raw audio output “framepacking”.
Connectivity — Ethernet, WiFi with dual high-gain external antennas, and Bluetooth (TBC).
USB — 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
Egreat A-series media player will run Android 4.4 Kitkat.Even though specs are incomplete at this stage, RTD1195 based products should be able to transfer data quickly and play high bitrate 4K videos smoothly thanks to high performance interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and SATA. CPU and GPU performance will however be greatly inferior to the new application processors from Amlogic S802, Rockchip RK3288, or AllWinner A80.
With a 6″ FHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the new Huawei Mate7 supports 300Mbit/s download and 50Mbit/s upload with LTE Cate6 built-in to the new Hisilicon Kirin925 big.LITTLE Octa Core processor running four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 and four 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 cores with Mali-T628 GPU. The Hisilicon Kirin925 is quite possibly the most powerful ARM processor in the world. It has a giant 4100mAh battery providing an extremely long battery life in an ultra slim 7.9mm form factor. Available in Moonlight silver, Obsidian black and Amber gold.
UyeSee is an A/V device maker, designing and manufacturing multimedia players, OTT boxes, WiFi Streaming Devices using RockChip, MSTAR and Hisilicon. In this video, Ryan from Uyesee describes their roadmap, including High End Android TV Boxes on RK3288, MSTAR9180 with Quad Core/4K/HEVC/HDMI input, Low End TV Box solutions using Hisilicon 3798m, featuring QuadCore A7 /4K/HEVC and also Low End in Mstar 9260 featuring QuadCore A7 /4K/HEVC also. Previously they made RK3188/RK3066 in boxes or HDMI Sticks. Uyesee also works in WiFi A/V Streaming with their SoundMate that does CD Quality wifi music streaming using FLAC and with MultiRoom streaming support.
Huawei is working on making an innovation interface concept for set-top-boxes and Smart TV solutions. Huawei already has many set-top-boxes in the market with standard User Interface design but they are planning to integrate this new technology to beyond coming devices. Users may have the ability to switch different content for different ages and groups of people easily. This software interface is mainly targeted for set-top-box solutions but has similar design for mobile devices since it is generally based on android. You can stream content from the TV or Android Box to the smartphone or vice versa. The design concept is still in its first steps and is the main user interface for the set-top-box and its based in Android operating system but it can be done also over Linux-based or general web-based.
Here’s the 16-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor from HiSilicon Huawei on a development board for ARM Powered Networking and Servers coming up. Hacked on in this video by Linaro Toolchain Engineer Rob Savoye (2), who now is climbing the Mount Everest. Linux kernel v3.13 is running on this board, with three SATA ports and two Gigabit ethernet ports driver ready. The BSP code will soon be upgraded to kernel v3.14 and be upstreamed in parallel. Source code and binaries are released through Linaro website. Ubuntu Server is verified on this board. In this demo, it runs a GCC toolchain native build. Linaro Toolchain Working Group plans to use this board to run multiple builds per board, to maximally saturate D01’s computing and storage capability.
This is Huawei’s budget 8″ 1280×800 IPS tablet with the HiSilicon Kirin 910 1.6GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-450 GPU, 5-megapixel camera, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 4800mAh battery, dual front-facing speakers, 7.9mm thinness and a weight of 329gr.
Huawei shows what they claim is the world’s thinnest tablet running on the new HiSilicon Kirin 910 LTE-enabled (Cat.4) chip with a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-450 GPU, at just 7.8mm thin, 239gr in weight, with a 7″ 1920×1200 display, they claim it has 20-25 hours battery life with the 5000mAh battery capacity (wow?). It has dual 13MP and 5MP cameras and built-in 4G LTE support.
Zhongkewei makes a K3V2 Android tablet with a 10″ (1280×800) screen as well as a K3V2 pcb. Zhongkewei tablets also come in 8″ variants. Zhongkewei sells around 5,000 tablets per month. The 8″ version sells for 130 USD for 1,000 pieces and 150 USD for the 10″ version. Zhongkewei also makes a MTK 8389 device for 130 USD with 3g built in. The actions CPU 7″ tablet with TV function sells for 120 USD.
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) 2013
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Joyplus manufactures wide range of Educatuinal, Professional , Business Tablets.
1.Educational Tablet is covered with weather case to easy use for kids. powered with Dual-core Rockchip RK3168 low power, low cost. HD screen, This has a huge demand from US market Joyplus already has deal to sell 150’000 in the USA.
2, Tablet with optional innovative 3G Stick module. Most importantly it can be used to any other tablets or PCs with adapter compatible with any USB host.
3.Tablet powered with high silicon quad-core processor HiSilicon K4V2, IPS screen , Resolution 1024×768 and Joyplus’s exclusive Pen input Technology.
4. Tablet Qualcomm 8225/8225q ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-core, 3G optional, HD screen TN screen/IPS screen option with little price diffrence. Removable 3000mAh battery. This has 3000 as MOQ.
The JoyPlus factory sells 200 thousand tablets per month. 600 people in their factory.