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!
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 1366×768 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.
Weibu is a PCB Design House, usually they mostly worked on designing x86 dektop motherboards using Intel x86 and AMD x86, but now with Intel making ARM in the Rockchip XMM6321, Weibu now also works on this ARM PCB design, to be used in very cheap 7″ 3-G connected Android tablets to be sold around the world. Take a tour here in their design house.
Intel is making their first Dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor with Rockchip called the Rockchip XMM6321 highly integrated 2-chip with baseband/RF/analog/GPS/WiFi/Bluetooth in the second chip, with an ARM Mali-400 GPU, targetted at sub-$40 3G-enabled Phablets, manufactured at TSMC (because the Intel Fab doesn’t manufacture 28nm anymore) and designed by the team coming from Intel’s Infineon ARM baseband group, here the Rockchip XMM6321 is being launched at the Skyth-Tek PCB Design House in Shenzhen China. Where they are now launching mass production of these Intel/Rockchip $40 ARM Phablets together with the ODM Firstview. You can read the press release about XMM6321 here.
I have been predicting that this moment would happen for years. The next step is for Intel to also manufacture some high-end ARM Processors for Rockchip in their own 14nm Fab.
The Android Phablet market is growing very rapidly, the extremely affordable Phablet may become the first or main device that a Billion people use to access the Internet, as the potential market growth for the low-cost Android Phablet is so huge, especially in developing countries, it’s only normal that Intel must try to be a part of that market by letting their Infineon baseband division release this ARM Processor and to do it in partnership with Rockchip, as Rockchip has experience over the past 3-4 years of the explosive Tablet market growth in powering millions of affordable ARM Powered devices for the international mass market.
You can contact the Skyth-Tek PCB Design House here:
Shenzhen TianheZhiyuan Science and Technology Co,. Ltd.
Xiaolei Pan, Executive Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: +86 13331161930
Mobile: +86 13811171762
Phone: +86 755 26076961
Phone: +86 755 26073311
Phone: +86 755 26073322 http://www.skyth-tek.com/en/
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.
Holawin shows some of their cheapest tablets on sale, with the Rockchip RK2926 single-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali400 and 1080p video playback selling at only $25.5 for 10K orders, and the MediaTek MT8127 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 3G tablet with Mali450 selling at $33 for 1K order. Holawin also shows a special car charger, smartwatches and fitness bands. Holawin can produce 90 thousand tablets per month in their factory.
ACT is one of the first factories to be starting mass production of the new $30 Smartphone on Dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 with 3G Infineon baseband made by Rockchip and Intel at TSMC. ACT Industrial makes about 10 thousand tablets per day, they can ramp that up as they plan to start the Rockchip XMM6321 entry-level Smartphone production here in the next week.
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.
GPD shows their design of a Gamepad with the Rockchip RK3288 inside, samples are ready, mass production starting now. The price can be about $90 (bulk) with the 1024×600 display. GPD has been making Android Gamepads, 4″ and 7″ for portable Gamepads, they also develop the Android Set-top-box for gaming as a games console. GPD develops the key mapping Android software layer. The future of gaming on Android is going to be huge.
You can contact GPD here (please only contact if you’re a serious distributor):
GPD (HK) Company Limited
Shenzhen GPD technology Co.,LTD
Kelvin Zhang, Sales Director email@example.com
Mobile: +86 18603037717
Phone: +86 755 26012425-619
Phone: +86 755 26012425-628
Skype: kelvinzhang555 http://www.gpd.hk
AAA Tablet PC Technology Co., Ltd. Factory located in Bao’an Shenzhen, shows around their 7 assembling lines, one full functions testing line, one incoming materials testing line, one packaging line. Daily capacity per line (depend on the size and complexity of product) can output 1200 -1500 pcs per line for a total of up to 200 thousand tablets per month in a peak period. With around 300 workers, 27 R&D engineers (15 for hardware, 12 for software), 5 SMT lines, Dust free workshop, IQC Room, QC room, Testing laboratory. With a USD$80 million Turnover last year, AAA manufactures from 4.3″ to 13.3″ Tablets, with WiFi to 3G/4G, Kid Pads, Game Pads, educational pads, from dual core, Quad core to Octa core. They supply to 25 countries around the world, Europe, South America and some Southeast Asia countries, Brazil, Croatia, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Canada, in the Middle East and more.
You can contact AAA Tablet PC here (please only contact them if you’re serious distributor):
AAA Tablet PC Technology Co., Ltd. Steven@3a-tabletpc.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Mobile: +86 15807558952
Steven Phone: +86 755 23155051 ext. 607
Echo Mobile: +86 158 0755 8965
Echo Phone: +86 755 23155051 ext. 662
Address: Floor 6th, Block A7,Dongfang Jianfu Industrial zone,Gushu, Bao’an, Shenzhen city, China. http://3a-tabletpc.com
ICOO presents their cheapest tablets, starting at $24.9 for 10K order with RK3126 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 and $29.9 for dual-core MediaTek based 3G tablets (their website says it might be the old MT6577) Both are with 512MB of RAM, 1GB RAM costs $4 more. $45 for 9″, $47 for 10.1″ with RK3026 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9. A power bank starts at about $8. Watch my video filmed last year at the ICOO factory here: http://22.214.171.124/2013/04/29/icoo-factory-tour/
You can contact ICOO here (please only contact if you are a serious distributor):
Shenzhen Icoo Electronics Technology Co Ltd
Rani Lin email@example.com
Mobile: +86 13670014833
QQ: 315015945 http://www.aoicoo.com
Rockchip XMM6321 is the XG632 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 chip with the AG620 baseband chip from Intel’s Infineon division making ARM with Rockchip for an entry level 3G 2-chip solution, for sub-$30 entry level 3G Rockchip phones, sub-$40 entry level 3G Rockchip Tablets, the 3G baseband part supplied by Intel and this ARM Processor manufactured in Intel’s Fab in 28nm (I think perhaps it’s designed by Rockchip with Intel’s baseband and made at TSMC). Rockchip also designs a 4G LTE module for RK3288 with the Ericsson LM80x. Comming soon before the end of the year will also be One-chip ARM solutions by Rockchip made by Intel with on-die LTE support based on Intel’s Sofia baseband.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
skype: ebluetimes-sales2 http://ebluetimes.com
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.
DBX shows their latest products. DBX makes phones, tablets and power banks. A 9.7inch Retina display tablet with RK3188 quad-core CPU, 1Gb of RAM and 8Gb of ROM costs around $100 for MOQ 1K. DBX sells around 10K devices per month. A 5200mAh capacity power bank from DBX costs around $4.5. A RK3026 dual-core tablet is sold for $45.
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2014
You can contact DBX here: