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Nvidia Announces Tegra K1 based Shield Tablet with Game Controller and Stylus

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

After the Shield game console, Nvidia has now announced the Shield Tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core processor, and specifically designed for gamer with a kickstand to adjust the inclination of the 8″ display, and a Wi-Fi Direct game controller with low latency, including a built-in stereo headphone jack and microphone.
nvidia_shield_tablet

Shield tablet specifications:

  • SoC – NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15 @ 2.2 GHz processor with a 192 core Kepler GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 GB (WiFi+4G LTE) or 16 GB (WiFi-only), and micro SD slot
  • Display – 8″ multi-touch display; 1920×1200 resolution
  • Video Output – 1x mini HDMI output
  • Audio I/O – Front facing stereo speakers, dual bass reflex port with built-in microphone, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
  • Connectivity – Wireless 802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and GPS / GLONASS
  • Cellular – 4G LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE with micro SIM slot (In LTE version only)
    • LTE Bands – USA: 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700); outside US: 1,3,7,20 (2100/1800/2600/800)
    • HSPA+ Bands – USA: 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850); outside US: 1,2,5,8 (2100/1900/850/900)
  • USB – micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Sensors – 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, and 3-axis compass
  • Cameras – Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
  • Battery – 19.75 Watt Hours (~5300 mAh)
  • Dimensions – 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
  • Weight – 390g

The tablet runs Android Kitkat and comes with Nvidia GameStream, ShadowPlay, GRID Cloud Gaming (Beta), and is preloaded with apps such asTrine 2: Complete Story, Twitch, Evernote, JusWrite, and Camera Awesome. The Shield Tablet comes with Nvidia DirectStylus 2, an AC Adapter, and a USB cable by default, but you can also buy Shield wireless controller and tablet cover separately. One tablet can support up to 4 wireless controllers for multi-player gaming. It’s most probably not something you’d do on the tablet itself, but since the device can connect to your HDMI TV via the mini HDMI port, it’s just like a standard game console too.

You can have a quick overview of the tablet in the presentation video below.

The 16GB/Wi-Fi version of the Nvidia Shield Tablet is available for pre-order for $299, with shipping scheduled for July 29. You can also add somewhat pricey accessories such as the Wi-Fi Direct game controller for $59.99, the $39.99 tablet cover, a $29.99 replacement/spare AC adapter, or $19.99 replacement/spare stylus. The 32GB/LTE will be available later on for $399.

More details can be found on Nvidia Shield Tablet product page.

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Onda V989 AllWinner A80 Android Tablet is Now Available for Pre-order

July 17th, 2014 11 comments

AllWinner A80 octa-core big.LITTLE has been delayed several times, but it appears products based on the latest AllWinner application processor can finally be pre-ordered. One of them is Onda V989,  an Android 4.4 tablet with a 9.7″ 2048 x 1536 pixel display, 2GB RAM and 32GB flash, that’s supposed to reach over 48,000 in Antutu, but actually gets a little over 32,000 points in Antutu X.

Onda_V989Onda V989 tablet specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner A80T octa core bit.LITTLE processor with 4x ARM Cortex A7 cores @ ?? GHz and 4x ARM Cortex A15 cores @ 2GHz, and PowerVR G6230 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32GB NAND flash + micro SD/SDHC slot (up to 128GB)
  • Display – 9.7″  IPS display with 10-point capacitive touchscreen, 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Video Output – micro HDMI (up to 1080p)
  • Audio I/O – Stereo speakers, built-in microphone, 3.5mm earphone jack, and HDMI
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 . 3G is supported via external dongle.
  • Camera – 2MP front facing camera, 8MP rear camera with auto focus capable of recording 4K @ 30 fps videos.
  • USB – micro USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0 OTG compatible)
  • Sensors – gravity sensor, three-axis gyroscope
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons
  • Battery – 8000 mAh Li-Ion
  • Power Supply – 5V/2.5A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 241 x 169 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight – 490 g

The tablet is said to sell with a USB cable, the power adapter, and a user’s manual. Beside being one of the most powerful processor on the market, AllWinner A80 is supposed to support 5 operating systems: Android, Ubuntu, Chrome/Chromium OS, Firefox OS, and Windows RT which should make it a nice candidate to try out various OS and play around, albeit a tablet does not provide the most hacker friendly form factor there is.

Pandawill pre-sells Onda V989 tablet for $239.99, Geekbuying for $229.99, and “onda-tablet”, which may or may not be the official store, pre-ells it for $219.99, but without shipping. It’s also available on several Aliexpress sellers. The tablet is expected to ship on July 31. The company already sold 500 beta tablets in China for 999 CNY (~$161) yesterday, and the regular price will be 1099 CNY (~$177) according to my sources in AllWinner. You may be able to find some more information on Onda V989 product page (in Chinese), including two firmware versions for V1 and V2 tablets…?

Thanks to Marius for the tip.

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Xiaomi MiPad Tablet Powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 is Now Available for Pre-order for $320 an Up

July 1st, 2014 No comments

Xiaomi Mipad is the Android tablet by the company, and the first consumer device to ship with Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC, and it has been selling in China for 1499 RMB (~$240) for the 16GB flash version, and 1699 RMB (~$275) for the 64GB version. This morning, I’ve noticed the rest of us can now pre-order the tablet via GeekBuying for $349 (16 GB version), and it’s also available on Aliexpress for $320 for the 16GB version, and $370 for the 64GB, so there’s currently a steep markup around $100 to buy the device outside China that can’t be explained by shipping alone…

Xiaomi_MiPad

Here’s a reminder of the hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15 processor @ 2.2 GHz with a 192-core Kepler GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 16 or 64GB eMMC, extensible to 128GB via microSD card
  • Display – 7.9” IPS display, 2048×1536 326 PPI
  • Camera – 8MP rear / 5MP front camera
  • Connectivity – 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi
  • Battery – 6700 mAh battery
  • Dimensions – 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight – 360 grams

The tablet will run MIUI an heavily skinned version of Android. If you are a developer, you are definitely better off going with Jetson TK1 development board because it’s cheaper and support is obviously better, but Xiaomi MiPad could be an option if you want both a consumer product and an app development platform.

If you plan to pre-order you still have some time, as shipping is scheduled for the 10th of August 2014 according to GeekBuying.

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Google Releases Android L (Lollipop?) Developer Preview

June 26th, 2014 2 comments

Google I/O is taking place right now in San Francisco, and the company made several announcements. Although they have not announced the full codename of Android 5.0, referring to the next version as “Android L” (Lollipop would be nice though), but they’ve already documented the key changes made to Android L, and a developer preview will be released later today (26 June), together with binary images for Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

Android_Lollipop

Beside the smartphone and tablet developer preview, there will be 3 other SDKs for Android L:

  • Android Wear SDK – Android for wearables with sync notifications, wearable apps, data transfer APIs, and voice actions, e.g. “Ok Google, call mum”.
  • Android TV Preview SDK – Android for TVs with pre-built fragments for browsing and interacting with media catalogs, in-app search, and recommendations.
  • Android Auto SDK – Android for the car with apps featuring consistent user experience between vehicles, and minimizing distractions.

I’ll go through various software and hardware announcements for Android Wear and TV in separate blog posts, and probably skip Android Auto for now.

So what’s new in Android L Developer Preview?

Material Design

Material Design is is a new design language that will let developer create app which look similar to Google Now. Google chose the name “Material” as it is apparently inspired from real materials such as paper and ink. Android L user interface will be entirely designed with Material Design. The best is to look at an example.

Gmail Now vs Gmail "L"

Gmail Now vs Gmail “L”

On the left, we’ve got the current Gmail app, and on the right the newly designed app for Android L. Lots of it looks like cosmetic changes, but you’ll have noticed the three dot and new mail icons are gone, and all menu will be accessible via the top left icon. There are also some light and shadow effects that will make users feel like they’re touching real elements.

More details can be found in this Material Design presentation (PDF).

Improved Notifications

Notifications have also changed with a new design based on Material, and the ability to display notifications on the lock screen.

Android_L_Notifications

I understand lockscreen notifications are optional, and if you don’t like to show them in the lock screen using visibility controls. As you can see from the screenshot above it works very similar to Google Now which cards that you can discard once you’re done. Notifications will also be able to pop-up in games or other full screen apps, and you’ll be able o take action within the notification, for example by declining or accepting a video call request.

Recents

The list of recent apps will become the list of recent everything, simply called “Recents”, as it will include both apps, web pages, and documents.

Better Tools for Improving Battery Life

As devices become more powerful, they also become more power hungry despite efforts by SoC designers to reduce energy usage. Badly programmed apps are however the main culprit of short battery life, so Google has introduced Project Volta to help user and developers optimize power consumption. Developers can use “Battery Historian” tool to monitor power consumption of different processes, and which hardware block (e.g. Cellular radio) is currently being used.

Battery_HistorianUsers will also have their own app / feature dubbed “Battery Saver” to improve battery life, and Google claims their Nexus 5 should be able to last an extra 90 minutes on a charge with Battery Saver enabled. This is achieved by reducing the performance of the device once the battery has dropped below 20% charge. At that time, a notification would pop-up to let the user select he wants to enable Battery Saver mode.

Under the hood improvements

As as been widely reported, Google recently killed Dalvik in a recent commit in AOSP, and ART will become the default JAVA runtime using ahead-of-time compilation for speedier application loading time, and memory usage improvements. Google also claims it provides true cross platform support for ARM, MIPS and x86.

Android L will support 64-bit instructions including ARMv8, x86-64 and MIPS64. This will provide a larger number of registers, and increased addressable memory space. Java developers won’t needto change their apps for 64-bit support. One the first Android64 devices is likely to be the Nexus 9 tablet powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver as previously reported.

On the graphics side, Android L adds support for OpenGL ES 3.1, and includes Android Extension Pack for developers with tesselation and geometry shaders and other features that should bring PC and console class graphics to Android games according to Google.

Via Anandtech and Liliputing

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AllWinner A33 Quad Core Processor to Cost $5 With PMIC, Tablets Starting at $40

June 23rd, 2014 16 comments

With their latest A33 SoC, Allwinner may have put a nail in the coffin of dual core application processor for tablets, as Eva Wu, AllWinner’s Marketing Manager,  has just released some pricing info, and AllWinner A33 with AXP223 PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit) reference price is only $4.99, paving the way for ultra cheap quad core Android tablets.

AllWinner A33 Tablet PCBA (Click to Enlarge)

AllWinner A33 Tablet PCBA (Click to Enlarge)

I’ve also been given some estimates for (factory) prices for different tablet’s types powered by AllWinner A33:

  • About $40 for 7″ tablets (800×480) with 1GB DDR3, and 8GB Flash.
  • About $45 for 7.85″ tablets (1024×768) with 1GB DDR3, and 8GB Flash.
  • About $50 for 8″ tablets (1280×800) with 1GB DDR3, 8GB Flash.

With four ARM Cortex A7 cores, a Mali-400MP2 GPU, and limited display resolutions, you won’t get an amazing user experience, but for a first tablet, or a kid’s tablet, it looks pretty good value. I estimate that Chinese stores may sell them for around $65 to $80 including shipping. AllWinner A33 SoC production will start in early July, so the first tablets based on this SoC should also start to become available in July.

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Onda V989 Tablet Powered by AllWinner A80T Achieves Close to 50,000 Points in Antutu

June 17th, 2014 9 comments

Teclast T97 was one the first tablet based on AllWinner A80, an octa-core CortexA15/A7 big.little processor with PowerVR G6230 GPU. It was announced way too early last December… There’s now another tablet much closer to an actual retail availability called Onda V989 featuring AllWinner A80T with a 9.7″ display and 2 or 4 GB RAM that come close to the top of the Antutu scoreboard with 48102 points.

AllWinner_A80TUnfortunately that’s all we know about this tablet at this stage. I’m not sure what A80T means, AllWinner A80 Tablet version?, or AllWinner A80 Turbo, with higher clock frequencies? There has also been some sort of silly season with benchmark related to AllWinner A80 with scores ranging from 23674 to 48102 points in Antutu as shown below for Onda V989. The low score was achieved when A80′s Cortex A15 cores were allegedly clocked at 1.2GHz , but it should be closer to 2GHz when it ships, unless there are serious overheating issues… We’ll find out the truth once products are available, hopefully in July, but the target release for AllWinner A80 seems to be pushed to the future every month…

Antutu Score for Onda V989 (AllWinner A80T)

Antutu Score for Onda V989 (AllWinner A80T)

Via pbhz

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Soap is a Touchscreen Enabled Router Supporting Gigabit Ethernet and Lots of Wireless Standards (Crowdfunding)

June 12th, 2014 2 comments

Soap is a strange creature, and I’m not convinced there are that many use cases for such hardware, but I find it interesting that the developers decided to pack a Freescale i.MX6 Solo/Dual or Quad SoC powered Android 4.4 tablet and a router supporting five Gigabit Etherner ports, as well as WiFI 802.11ac, Wi-0Fi 802.11 b/g/n,  Zigbee, Z-wave, Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE), Insteon RF, X10, 433Mhz, NFC, and infrared into one and only device which they call an “Intelligent Home Management Hub”.  It’s also complete with an HDMI output port so that you can use it as a media player.

Soap_Router_Tablet_Automation_Gateway_STB

Let’s go through the specifications for the four version this little monster (Soap Solo, Soap Dual, Soap Quad, and Soap 8.4):

  • SoC
    • Soap Solo – Freescale i.MX6 Solo single ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC880 3D GPU
    • Soap Dual – Freescale i.MX6 Dual dual ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC2000 3D GPU
    • Soap Quad and 8.4 – Freescale i.MX6 Quad quad ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC2000 3D GPU
  • System Memory – Soap Solo: 1GB DDR3 @ 1066MHz, Others: 2GB DDR3 @ 1066MHz
  • Storage
    • Soap Solo – 8GB internal storage,
    • Soap Dual and Quad – 32GB internal storage
    • Soap 8.4 – 32 GB internal storage, and 128GB SSD
    • All – Internal micro SD card slot and SATA II connections
  • Display
    • Soap Solo/Dual/Quad – 7″ TFT LCD display; SVGA resolution (800×600)
    • Soap 8.4 – 8.4 TFTP LCD display; SVGA resolution (800×600)
  • Connectivity – 1x WAN Eternet port, 4x LAN Ethernet ports, 4 SMA antenna ports for a dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 4×4 MIMO module (Up to 1.3 Gb/s), and a dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi module. Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Insteon RF, X10 RF, 433MHz RF and NFC
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Misc – Infrared sensor
Android and iOS Apps are Available for Soap Routers

Android and iOS Apps are Available for Soap Routers

The Freescale i.MX6 is brought to the device via Congatec SoM, probably their conga-qmx6 Q7 modules. Beside the Android kitkat tablet, router, home automation, and media player applications possible with this device, the developers are also promoting the device for its parental control abilities, controlling when you kids can play games by the touch of a button, preventing them to access not-safe-for-kids websites, and so on.

The project is now on Indiegogo (Fixed funding) where Soap’s designers plan to gather $42.000 or more to start production. Soap Solo starts at $240, Soap Dual at $280, Soap Quad at $360, and the most expensive option, Soap 8.4, will go for $500. Shipping to North America is $6, and $35 for the rest of the world. Delivered is scheduled for February 2015. Please note it’s not the first time the project is crowd-funded, as it was on KickStarter last March with perks at a much lower price point.

Via Hack a Day

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