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$240 Onda V972 AllWinner A31 Quad Core Android Tablet with 9.7″ Retina Display

We finally get a product based on AllWinner Quad Core A7 SoC! The Onda V972 is a 9.7″ inch tablet features the latest AllWinner A31 quad-core A7 processor with an 8 core Power VR SGX544MP2 GPU, 2GB RAM & 16 GB Flash, and running Android 4.1 Jelly bean (Upgradable to 4.2).

Here are the full specifications of this tablet:

  • SoC – AllWinner A31 Quad Core A7 + 8 Core Power VR SGX544MP2  GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB Flash + microSD socket
  • Display – 9.7″ capacitive touchscreen IPS display (Resolution: 2048*1536)
  • Camera – 5.0MP rear camera with Auto Focus and 2.0MP front camera
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Display and Direct support
  • USB – USB 3.0 port. 3G support via external dongle.
  • Video Out – HDMI – Apparently only 1080p, not 4K TBC.
  • Video Playback – 4K HD Video Playback supporting MP4/3GP/3G2/RM/RMVB/ASF/FLAC/APE/MOV etc…
  • Audio Codecs – MP3/WMA/FLAC/APE/WAV/RA/Ogg/MIDI/3GP etc.
  • Audio Out-  3.5mm headphone jack
  • Sensor – Gravity
  • Battery – 8000mAh Li-Poly lasting 8 to 10 hours on a single charge.
  • Dimensions - 242*187.5*9.8mm
  • Weight – 649 grams

The tablet will come with a charger and a USB cable, and  be sold for $239.99 starting mid-December. According to some screenshots found on Gizmochina, the Power VR GPU in AllWinner A31 provides twice of performance of Tegra 3 and 0.9 the performance of the GPU in the new iPAD. Even though Onda has cut some corners to keep the price low (e.g. no Bluetooth) this is a high-end tablet competing with 10″ Tegra 3 tablets, and to some extents the new iPAD and Google Nexus 10, although the CPU performance will be much slower.

You can visit Onda V972 page for details

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  1. December 6th, 2012 at 12:26 | #1

    they should have focused on build and feature instead of using the retina branding. people who want retina will buy apple — its their brand.

  2. December 6th, 2012 at 12:27 | #2

    @earl cameron
    Ah ok, I should not have used Retina in that post maybe. But the resolution is 2048×1536

  3. onebir
    December 6th, 2012 at 14:32 | #3

    “Dimensions – 649 grams
    Weight – 242*187.5*9.8mm”
    :)

  4. December 6th, 2012 at 15:29 | #4

    @onebir
    Haha… OK I have a perfectly reasonable explanation for this: “This was obviously to test my readers and see if anybody would notice” :p

  5. December 6th, 2012 at 16:38 | #5

    Leaked Antutu 3.0 score: 21463. Source: http://bbs2.ruliweb.daum.net/gaia/do/ruliweb/default/mobile/55/read?bbsId=G003&itemId=9&articleId=952737

    If that’s true, that’s impressive, as it’s very close to the top devices out there (e.g. Xiaomi 2 based on Snapdragon S4 Pro). It’s really the GPU that boosts the score.

  6. December 6th, 2012 at 17:12 | #6

    @cnxsoft no not you admin, I am talking about onda…

  7. Alex
    December 7th, 2012 at 00:28 | #7

    My nexus shows only 11k in antutu 3 … so, HDMI mini PC with this SoC will be excellent mini desktop … wow

  8. Crazy Joz
    December 7th, 2012 at 07:00 | #8

    5 months ago got my cube gt30, +5000 antutu was phenomenal those days…
    Amazing progress…
    Go China go!

  9. December 7th, 2012 at 09:05 | #9

    @Alex
    I think something is wrong in this Antutu chart. The AllWinner CPU has about the same integer and floating-point performance performance as the Exynos 4 quad in the galaxy S3, it should be much lower. I guess 4xA7 ~ 2x or 3x A9.

    @Crazy Joz
    I think your RK3066 tablet should have a score of about 12,000 now with Antutu 3.0.

  10. Alex
    December 7th, 2012 at 13:40 | #10

    @cnxsoft
    As I understood A7 has the same performance as A8… gut in this case with 28nm (or 32nm… do not remember) they could use higher frequency and powerful GPU may give these extra points.

    It is possible to have this kind of performance… but not for a long time and only in lab environment (when you have kernel source code it is possible to play =))).

  11. December 7th, 2012 at 16:09 | #11

    @Alex
    Yes, if they boosted the frequency to say 2 GHz for the benchmark it might be possible, but the battery life would suffer.
    I can’t find any info on the max. freq. for AllWinner A31.

  12. December 7th, 2012 at 16:32 | #12

    @Alex
    One more Antutu (2.9.4) bnchmark result: 12836 which is still very good, but below Galaxy S3 score. http://www.gizmochina.com/2012/12/05/teclast-p88-tablet-come-with-allwinner-a31-processor-benchmark-more-than-12000/

    I’ve read Antutu complained about company cheating in their latest benchmark… But since Antutu 3.0 gives more weight to the GPU, it’s possible A31 score is better than Galaxy Note 2.
    This image shows some comparison between AllWinner A31, Tegra 3 and Exynos 4412, and some metrics (Chinese translation would be nice) show a huge advantage for A31 and could explain the performance.
    http://edwardweinert.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Onda-conference-3.jpg

  13. F
    December 7th, 2012 at 18:09 | #13

    So whats worse than a Mali GPU for Linux and Andriod….. A PowerVR GPU!

    For Mali at lease there is some Linux/X.org support from ARM and even a reverse engineering project going on.

    But for Imagination (PowerVR). They are just plain Lame!. Even the Intel Atoms which use such similar GPU don’t get proper support for Linux, they’ve release one version and don’t even bother maintain that one, let alone new versions of X.org or Wayland.

    The variant used in ARM SoC’s don’t get any support. And there is no reverse engineering project going on as well.

    To bad the PowerVR’s actually provide Graphics power.

  14. Alex
    December 7th, 2012 at 22:11 | #14

    @cnxsoft
    Nice.
    So allwinner now has something tegra3 stile, with linux unfriendly GPU but with longer battery live…
    If it is cheap … good, but at the moment a bit useless

  15. December 7th, 2012 at 22:17 | #15

    @Alex
    With those specs, I find the Onda V972 quite cheap.

  16. onebir
    December 8th, 2012 at 05:09 | #16

    There’s also quad core A10 tablet/keyboard combo called Aocos PX92 for a similar price on Aliexpress. Lower resolution – not sure how the other specs compare…

  17. December 8th, 2012 at 09:00 | #17

    @onebir
    It looks nice, and it’s very very light “Weight: 1.5 g” :)
    They indicate it’s AllWinner A10 with Mali 400 on the page I looked: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/9-7-inch-IPS-Andriod-4-0-Allwinner-A10-1-5-GHZ-AOCOS-PX92-Wifi-3G/569963641.html

  18. onebir
    December 8th, 2012 at 14:59 | #18

    @cnxsoft
    Hehe – how long before the ‘lighter than air’ tablet?

    Here they say this PX92 is “Allwinner A10 Many Core 1.5GHZ”:
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/free-shipping-9-7-IPS-Andriod-4-0-Allwinner-A10-dual-care-1-5GHZ-AOCOS-PX92/569954583.html

    That made me think it was the new multicore A10 processor. Also the PX102 is dual core. But I guess then a quad core would be PX112 with a slightly logical naming scheme. I guess that seller’s counting the cores in the Mali – seems to be a modern Chinese tradition! :s

  19. Harley
    December 9th, 2012 at 01:45 | #19

    Any news or status updates from Allwinner on CedarX support in XBMC?

  20. December 9th, 2012 at 10:11 | #20

    @Harley
    They have it working. See http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/11/12/xbmc-for-linux-on-allwinner-a10-devices-it-works-sort-of/

    But this still requires more work, and there seems to be artifacts in some videos that are due to CedarX libs (It happens in 2 implementations: empat0 and gimli), so it’s unlikely to be fixed without AllWinner involvement.

  21. Terry
    February 11th, 2013 at 11:37 | #21

    I have a freelander PD80 Wise or Wisdom or Intelligent…..all the same.
    Antutu 3.1.1 shows CPU speed of 1008Mhz., not the 1.4 to 1.6 GHz. quoted around the sellers.
    The Screen Resolution is also not as advertised. It is 2048 x 1440. Should be 2048 x 1536

  22. February 11th, 2013 at 11:44 | #22

    @Terry
    Thanks for the feedback. It’s the first time I’ve heard anything about the frequency for the A31. But it’s common for Chinese sellers to provide the theoretical maximum frequency of a processor, even though it’s clocked at a lower frequency in the device.

    For the screen resolution, if you read it in Antutu or Quadrant, I think it does not include the status bar. That’s why the resolution is slightly different.

  23. Rapscallion
    March 23rd, 2013 at 22:28 | #23

    Hi,

    Thanks for the information. I was trying to get an idea about the performance of the cpu, as its gpu performance is a bit more clear by looking at Ipad 3. I’m actually wondering how this cpu and gpu combination performs compared to the combination used in Galaxy S3 (Exynos 4412 quad core + Mali-400MP4) mostly for gaming-based usage.

    http://dealsprime.com/index.php/hyundai-t7s-quad-core-tablet-pc-7-ips-1280-800-gps-android-4-0-4-16gb-exynos-4412-1-4ghz-cpu.html

    Hyundai T7S has the same specs with Galaxy S3 considering cpu and gpu (and btw it has 2 GB ram) and I’m planning to buy it. Would you recommend it or should I go for a 9-10″ tablet featuring A31 like Onda v972?

  24. March 23rd, 2013 at 22:47 | #24

    @Rapscallion
    The CPU will be much slower, but I’m not sure the CPU performance is that important in Android. The GPU in A31 is superior to the one in Exynos 4412. I’m not really sure which model I should recommend here. Both you work very smoothly with Android.

  25. Rapscallion
    March 24th, 2013 at 00:01 | #25

    @cnxsoft

    Hyundai has GPS, bluetooth features, but Ainol and Onda do not include them in their tablets. Actually, they are not so important, but it does not harm to have them as well. In that case I cannot decide easily, too, but tend to wait and buy a 7″ tablet with A31, as I would like to be able to play some of the new 3D games without any lag. Thanks for the reply.

  26. April 25th, 2013 at 14:57 | #26

    I compared to other sites on Onda V972 price, $250 or more

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