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Mastermind UT One is an Upcoming Ubuntu Touch Tablet Powered by Intel Bay Trail-T SoC

October 30th, 2014 2 comments

Canonical unveiled Ubuntu Touch for Phones & Tablets early 2013, launched an impressive yet failed crowdfunding campaign for Ubuntu Edge smartphone in Summer 2013, and after many more months of development, Ubuntu Touch phones are expected by the end of the year with Ubuntu version of Meizu MX3/MX4 and BQ Aquaris. Ubuntu Touch tablets may be coming soon as Phoronix has been informed of an upcoming UT One tablet powered by Intel Atom Z3735D and running Ubuntu Touch.

Illustration Taken from Google's Cache of MastermindTec Website.

Illustration Taken from Google’s Cache of MastermindTec Website, probably not actual hardware.

UT One specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3735D quad core processor @ 1.33 to 1.5 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7.
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 16 GB internal flash + micro SD slot
  • Display – 10.1″ IPS LCD with 1280×800 resolution. 10-point touch screen
  • Video Output – micro HDMI
  • Audio I/O – 3.5mm audio port, HDMI, 2x built-in speakers
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and support for 3G via external USB dongle
  • USB – 1x USB host port?
  • Camera – 2MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Misc – Power on/off switch, volume buttons,
  • Battery – 7,900 mAh battery for up to 8 hours use.
  • Dimensions – 254 x 170 x 10 mm
  • Weight – 636 grams

That’s about all we know from the leak. However, I’ve noticed a website called mastermindtec.com that’s currently in maintenance, but that still have some information about UT One stored in Google Cache, so it’s probably real. Pictures from the cache are probably taken from Ubuntu website, and not the actual tablet pictures. There’s also a string “Pre-order the UT One today for $350!” shown in Google search results, but I hope the price at launch will be a little lower than that…

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BungBungame Photon2 Tablet Features AMD A10 Micro–​​6700T Mullins Processor

October 28th, 2014 No comments

AMD A10 Micro–​​6700T is the most powerful AMD Mullins low power processor (4.5W TDP) that competes with quad core Intel Bay Trail-T processors, and even outperforms them in terms of performance, especially GPU performance with Radeon R6 graphics, but possibly not in terms of power consumption. BungBungame Photon2 may be the first tablet to feature this AMD processor, so let’s have a look.

BungBungame_Photon2BungBungame Photon2 technical specifications:

  • SoC – AMD A10 Micro-6700T quad core APU @ 1.2 to 2.2 GHz. with Integrated AMD Radeon R6 Graphics
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L-1333
  • Storage – 64GB SSD + micro SD card slot up to 128GB
  • Display – 10.1″ touchscreen display, 1920×1200, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Video Output – Micro HDMI 1.4a
  • Connectivity – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC
  • Camera – 2MP rear and front webcams
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0
  • Battery – 31Wh battery good for 6 to 8 hours usage.
  • Dimensions – 264.1 x 182.2 x 10.3 mm
  • Weight – 579 grams

The tablet runs Windows 8.1 64-bit, and initially I thought AMD was not interested in Linux/Android support for their tablet SoCs, but some support for AMD Mullins processors landed into Linux 3.15, although I’m not sure if this means Linux could be tried on the platform, as these commits are only related to Radeon GPUs found in Mullins processors.

APUSilicon reports the tablet will be sold for 60,000 Yen (~$550) by the end of the year, and could be available on Amazon lateron.

Via Liliputing.

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Intel / Rockchip XMM 6321 Solution for Low Cost 3G Smartphones and Tablets

October 16th, 2014 4 comments

Back in May, Intel and Rockchip announced a partnership to develop 3G and LTE “Sofia” SoC for mobile devices, a few months later, Rockchip VP posted a picture of dual core development board (6321 solution) on Weibo with Rockchip and Intel technology, and the companies have showcased solutions based on XMM 6321 during the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.
XMM6321_XG632_AG620Intel XMM 6321 appears to be a two-chip solution comprised of:

  • XG632 SoC with a dual core Intel processor, a GPU, ISP?, VPU and a 2G/3G modem
  • Intel/Infineon AG620 Communication Combo with 2G/3G RF, Wi-Fi/BT, GPS, GLONASS and Audio/PMU.

XG632 will be the first processor from Intel and Rockchip collaboration, but it may not be part of “Sofia” family. with quad core 64-bit Sofia 3G-R and Sofia LTE SoCs coming at later date. XG632 is for entry-level smartphones (<$30) and tablets (<$40), whereas the upcoming Sofia SoCs will be seen in mainstream devices.

Charbax filmed Rockchip solutions at Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and he claims XG632 is actually a dual ARM Cortex A5 processor, but this is not consistent with the diagram above showing an “Intel Dual-Core”, and I could not confirm it with any other news sources, so wait and see.

Via AndroidPC.es and ARMdevices.net

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Google Unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus Player

October 16th, 2014 5 comments

Android L is now formally known as Android Lollipop. Since Google already released Android L preview a few month ago, we already know what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop with key changes including material design user interface, ART replacing Dalvik, better battery management, 64-bit support, etc… Google also announced three hardware platforms running Android 5.0: Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus Player (Android TV)

Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphone

Nexus_6
Hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core Krait 450 processor @ 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU
  • System Memory – 3GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 or 64 GB eMMC – No micro SD slot
  • Display – 5.96” 1440×2560 AMOLED display (493 ppi). 16:9 Aspect ratio.
  • Connectivity – 802.11 ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Cellular Network (nano SIM):
    • North America:
      • GSM – 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA Band Class – 0/1/10
      • WCDMA Bands – 1/2/4/5/8
      • LTE Bands – 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
      • CA DL Bands – B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
    • Rest of World:
      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA – not supported
      • WCDMA Bands – 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
      • LTE Bands – 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
      • CA DL – B3-B5, B3-B8
  • Audio – Dual front-facing speakers, 3.5 mm audio
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Camera
    • 13MP rear-facing with optical image stabilization dual LED ring flash (up to 4K @ 30 fps video recording)
    • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Sensors – GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, barometer
  • Battery – 3220 mAh. Up to 330 hours in standby, up to 24 hours talk time, up to 10 hours video playbacks, about up to 10 hours internet (Wi-Fi or LTE).
  • Dimensions – 82.98 x 159 .26 x 10.06 mm
  • Weight – 184 grams

The phone is clearly high-end, but there aren’t any innovative new hardware features that I could see, and all innovation resides in Android 5.0 operating system. The phone will be vailable for pre-order starting October 29th for $649 (unlocked), and ship in sometimes November. Visit Google Nexus 6 page for details.

HTC Nexus 9 Tablet

Nexus_9

Technical specifications:

  • SoC – 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 Dual core Denver @ 2.3GHz with 192-core Kepler GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB RAM
  • Storage – 16 or 32 GB eMMC – No micro SD slot
  • Display – 8.9″ QXGA (2048×1536) IPS LCD. 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Connectivity – 802.11 ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Cellular Network – Quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, LTE
  • Audio – Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound, dual microphones, 3.5 mm audio
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Camera
    • 8MP Rear camera with  auto-focus, and LED flash
    • 1.6 MP front-facing camera
  • Sensors – GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor
  • Battery – 6700 mAh. Up 9.5 hours for either Wi-Fi browsing or video playback, up to 8.5 hours for LTE browsing, up to 30 days standby with either Wi-Fi or LTE.
  • Dimensions – 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm
  • Weight – 425g (Wi-Fi), 436g (LTE)

Nexus 9 tablets will be the first and only 64-bit ARM Android 5.0 devices at launch. The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on October 17, starting at $399 for the Wi-Fi/16GB version, and up to $599 for the LTE/32GB version, with shipping expected for November 3. More information is available on Google Nexus 9 page.

Asus Nexus Player

Nexus_PlayerNexus player specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom quad core processor @ 1.8GHz with Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine.
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB storage
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p60
  • Connectivity – 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Power – 18W DC power (12V/1.5A?)
  • Dimensions – 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
  • Weight – 235g

The media player will come with a voice search capable Bluetooth Smart (BLE) remote control with two AAA batteries, a power adapter, a quick start guide, and a warranty, safety and regulatory booklet. There’s also an optional wireless gamepad. There’s no Ethernet port, so you’d have to make sure your Wi-Fi network is up to the task. It should be no issue for high definition online videos, but depending on your environment, it might become problematic to playback videos such as Blu-ray rips from your NAS (If that’s even supported/allowed on Android TV).

Nexus Player will go up for pre-order October 17 for $99, and start shipping on November 3. The gamepad will be $39. More information may be found on Google Nexus Player page.

If you don’t feel like buying a new devices, you’ll still get Android 5.0 Lollipopon your Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 as well as “Google Play edition” devices in the coming weeks. Android 5.0 SDK and Nexus (preview) images will be released on October 17.

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Cube T7 is a 64-bit ARM Android Tablet Powered by Mediatek MT8752 Octa-core LTE SoC

October 14th, 2014 No comments

That’s it! The 64-bit ARM era is upon us! ARMv8 servers have been available to companies for a few months, entry-level 64-bit ARM smartphones such as HTC Desire 510 are coming soon, and so are low cost 64-bit ARM development boards, Nexus 9 tablet leaks (Tegra K1 64-bit) are flooding the blogosphere, and Cube T7 tablet / phablet powered by Mediatek MT8752 octa core Cortex A53 processor will start shipping next month, and is available for pre-order right now for about $200.

Cube_T7_64-bit_TabletCube T7 (preliminary) specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT8752 Octa-core Cortex-A53 Processor @ 1.7 Ghz with Mali T-760 MP2 or T-764 GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 16 GB flash + micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
  • Display – 7″ capacitive touchscreen @ 1920×1200. 5 or 10-point multi-touch (TBC)
  • Wireless Connectivity –  Dual band WiFi (802.11 b/g/n and ac), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, FM Radio
  • Cellular Networks:
    • 1x SIM Card, 1x Standby micro SIM card
    • 4G – FDD-LTE B1, FDD-LTE B3, FDD-LTE B7, TDD-LTE B38~41
    • 3G – TD-SCDMA 2100MHz/1900MHz, WCDMA 850MHz/2100MHz
    • 2G Network Frequencies –  850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz
  • Camera: 5MP back camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Sensor – Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope
  • USB – micro USB OTG port
  • Audio – Built-in speaker and microphone, 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Battery – 3500 mAh or 7,900 mAh depending where you read….
  • Dimensions – 192 x 113 x 9.3 mm
  • Weight – 280 grams

It’s a challenge to get the specs right, as listed specifications are not consistent across websites, some even list HDMI support. The tablet will run Android 4.4.4 operating systems (32-bit?), and come with a USB cable and a user’s manual. The company will also sell T8 and T9 tablets with respectively 8″ and 9″ displays, and there will be quad core models based on MT8732 quad core Cortex A53 LTE SoC.

Charbax filmed Alldocube company at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, where they showcased Cube T7 tablet.

Cube T7 will start selling on November 11 in China, and it’s also available for pre-order on Tinydeals for $209.99, with shipping scheduled for November 25. Other sites have listed the tablet such as Merimobiles or Pompmall, and although they don’t seem quite ready for taking pre-orders just yet, price is shown as low as $199.99. Factory price starts at $145 per unit for 2k order.

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Rockchip RK3126, RK3128, and “MayBach” Octo-core Cortex A53 Processor Could Be Found in Tablets in Q4 2014

September 24th, 2014 4 comments

T-chip, the company behind Firefly-RK3288 development board and HPH NT-V6 media player, has sent me their latest company brochure this morning. The brochure mentions the company history since 2005, various tablets solutions they have done over the year, and new and upcoming products. One of the slides particularly caught my attention.

Rockchip_RK3128_RK3126_MayBachRK3288 is pretty popular right now, but I had never heard about RK3126 and RK3128 SoC with four ARM Cortex A7 core with a Mali GPU supporting HEVC decoding up to 1080p resolution. Both processors are manufactured using 40nm technology, so I’d guess these target ultra low cost tablets, which should become available in October and November 2014.

Even more interesting is the mention of “MayBach” Tablets. I’ve been told MayBach, which could just be a temporary codename, is an upcoming Rockchip SoC. Based on the information in the slide, it should be an Octa-core Cortex A53 processor with an unnamed GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0. Supported features include 4K/H.265 video decoding, HDMI 2.0 / LVDS / DSI / eDP video outputs, and an ISP with CSI2 camera interface(s).

I could not find more information about a Rockchip Cortex A53 on the web, except that Rockchip licensed Cortex A50 cores in November 2013.

Separately, I’ve also asked T-Chip about Firefly-RK3288 availability, and that’s what I’ve been told:

Firefly demoboard won’t purchase online on foreign website and the time when it will purchase online inland is not determined.

Disappointing. This conflicts with new that the board would be listed on Taobao next week. so if you want the board, you may have to order by email ($129 + shipping), as mentioned by Charbax, or simply wait for Radxa Rock 2 instead.

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Intel Reference Design Program for Android Promises Devices with Firmware Updates Tracking AOSP for 2 Years

September 10th, 2014 8 comments

If you’ve ever bought a low cost Chinese smartphone or tablet, you must know you can’t really expect firmware updates, especially with a different Android version. For example, if you’ve purchased an Android 4.1 phone or tablet a couple of years ago, more likely than not, it’s still stuck to the same version. Intel intends to change all that by launching the Intel Reference Design Program for Android.

Intel_Reference_Design_for_AndroidYes, Intel has provided reference designs in the past, but this program goes further, especially with regards to Android support, and firmware updates.

This is the way it all works:

  1. Manufacturers can choose a set of pre-qualified components to build their Android device.
  2. Intel will provide a single Android image that works with the drivers to support all components.
  3. Intel will take care of GMS (Google Mobile Service), and CTS (pre-)certification for their customers.
  4. Intel has committed to provide updates within 2 weeks of an AOSP update, for 2-year post-device launch.

So if you buy a new tablet part of Intel Reference Design Program for Android, you won’t have to worry about firmware upgrades, and you should get an image based on the latest AOSP release on your device within 2 weeks of a release.

Usually “reference design” refers to a single hardware design that manufacturers can copy, but in this case, I understand Intel solution will allow for more flexibility in the design, as they’ll support several touchscreen panels, displays, sensors, etc…, and it will be up to the OEM/ODM to select the ones they want in their design.

Details of the program do not seem to be available online, and they’ll probably need to find a way to indicate which Intel tablets are compliant with the program, so that consumers know which devices are actually supported.

Via Liliputing

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