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Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon 630 and 660 “Mobile Platforms” for Mid-Range Smartphones & Tablets

May 9th, 2017 2 comments

Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoCs Mobile Platforms, namely Snapdragon 630 and 660, with the aim of introducing “high-end features” to mid-range devices. Both chips come with eight cores, an Adreno GPU, and are manufactured with 14nm FinFET technology.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630

Key features:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 clocked at up to 2.2 GHz (low power cluster up to 1.8 GHz)
  • GPU – Adreno 508 with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 full,Vulkan, DX12
  • DSP – Hexagon 642 DSP
  • Memory I/F –  LPDDR4, dual channel up to 1333MHz, 8GB RAM
  • Storage I/F – eMMC and UFS flash
  • Display – Up to 1920×1200 resolution; DisplayPort and USB type-C support
  • Video – Up to 4K @ 30 fps playback and capture; H.264, H.265 and VP9 codecs
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier; Qualcomm aptX audio playback
  • Camera – Up to 24MP single camera, up to 13MP dual camera; Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP
  • Modem – Snapdragon X12 LTE modem: Cat 12 for downlink (600 Mbps max); Cat 13 for uplink (150 Mbps max)
  • Wireless Connectivity – Dual band 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi, Bluetooth 5
  • Location – GPS, Glanass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS
  • Security – Qualcomm Mobile Security: camera security,  app protect, Qualcomm processor security
  • Charging – Quick Charge 4 technology

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

 

  • CPU – 8x Kryo 260 cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz (low power cluster up to 1.8 GHz)
  • GPU – Adreno 512 with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 full,Vulkan, DX12
  • DSP – Hexagon 680 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX)
  • Memory I/F –  LPDDR4, dual channel up to 1866MHz, 8GB RAM
  • Storage I/F – eMMC and UFS flash
  • Display – Up to 2560×1600 resolution; DisplayPort and USB type-C support
  • Video – Up to 4K @ 30 fps playback and capture; H.264, H.265 and VP9 codecs
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier; Qualcomm aptX audio playback
  • Camera – Up to 24MP single camera, up to 16MP dual camera; Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP
  • Modem – Snapdragon X12 LTE modem: Cat 12 for downlink (600 Mbps max); Cat 13 for uplink (150 Mbps max)
  • Wireless Connectivity – Dual band 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, Bluetooth 5
  • Location – GPS, Glanass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS
  • Security – Qualcomm Mobile Security: camera security,  app protect, Qualcomm processor security, hardware token
  • Charging – Quick Charge 4 technology

Snapdragon 660 is an upgrade to 653 with about 20 percent improvement in CPU performance, and 30 percent in GPU performance. Snapdragon 630 CPU & GPU are respectively about 10% and 30% faster compared to the ones in Snapdragon 626.

Products based on Snapdragon 660 SoC should hit the shelves in Q2, while Snapdragon 630 mobile devices will start selling in Q3. You’ll find more details on Snapdragon 630 and 660 product pages.

Rockchip Introduces Three Tablet SoCs: RK3126C, RK3326, RK3366, and RK3368H Processor for 2-in-1 Laptops

April 19th, 2017 4 comments

Rockchip has launched four more processors at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017, with three SoCs specifically targeting tablets namely RK3126C, RK3326 and RK3366, and one SoC, RK3368H modified from RK3368, designed to provide a lower cost alternative to RK3288 and RK3399 for 2-in-1 hybrid laptops and tablets.

The company only provided limited information with regards to the tablet SoCs specifications:

  • RK3126C quad core processor supporting 1080p video decoding and HD (720p?) displays for entry-level tablets
  • RK3326 quad core ARM Cortex A35 processor with a quad core Mali GPU, DDR3/LPDDR memory interface, 1080p60 H.264, MPEG-4/-2 video decoding, and 1080p30 H.264 video encoding
  • RK3366 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor with a quad core Mali GPU, DDR3/LPDDR memory interface, USB 3.0 interface, and 4K H.265 video decoding

All three processors will be running Android 7.1. I could not find any tablets based on the processor yet, so we may have to wait a few more month.

We have more details about RK3368H processor since it’s an update of RK3368 processor, and a tablet was showcased at the event.

Rockchip RK3368H key specifications:

  • CPU – Octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 Ghz
  • GPU – Imagination PowerVR SDX6110 GPU @ 600 MHz
  • Memory I/F – 32-bit DDR/LPDDR
  • Display I/F  – Full HD Display supported
  • Video – 4K H.265 and H.264 video decoding
  • Ethernet and HDMI port “reduced” (likely meaning removed) for lower costs
  • 28nm process

The processor can run Android 7.1 operating systems, including desktop optimized version such as Remix OS, Phoenix OS, or Light Biz OS. The company claims the tablet shown above gets around 48,000 points in Antutu benchmark. Netbook Italia also posted a video of the tablet (in Italian) showing it’s made by Chiptrip, but they have not updated their MID page with the new tablet just yet.

Via AndroidPC.es

Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Selects Two Winners for Commercial Medical Tricorders

April 18th, 2017 No comments

Healthcare takes around 10% of worldwide GDP, and while in some cases an increase in the healthcare to GDP ratio means better care for people, in other cases it may  lead to a decrease in the population’s living standards. There are political, business, and legal issues involved in the costs, but overtime I’m confident that technology can both improve care and lower the costs, in some instances dramatically, especially if open source designs become more common, and there’s some work in that respect with open source projects for prosthetics, opthalmoscope, and even surgical robots. Some commercial projects also aim(ed) to lower the costs of diagnosis tools such as Sia Lab’s medical lab dongle or Scanadu medical tricorder. The latter project sadly did not manage to pass FDA approval, and the company will stop supporting it on May 15, 2017, but that does not mean others have given up on developing a Star Trek like tricorder project, and Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE – which aims at diagnosing 13 disease states – selected two winners for the competition: Final Frontier Medical Devices and Dynamical Biomarkers Group.

Final Frontier Medical Devices DxtER Tricorder

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Final Frontier Medical Devices is a US based team of engineers and medical professionals that realized 90% of patients going to emergency services just wanted a diagnostics for their problem, and decided to work on a DxtER tricorder, which “includes a group of non-invasive sensors that are designed to collect data about vital signs, body chemistry and biological functions. This information is then synthesized in the device’s diagnostic engine to make a quick and accurate assessment”.

Final Frontier Mediacal Devices got $2.5 million for their achievements, not bad considering they worked part-time on the project. The video below explains a little more about the team, their work, and the problem they try to solve, but does not give much details about the actual product and different sensors used.

DxtER cannot identify all 13 conditions from the XPRIZE challenge, but their algorithms are said to be able to diagnose 34 health conditions including diabetes, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea, leukocytosis, pertussis, stroke, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

That aren’t much more details in DxtER’s product page for now.

Dynamical Biomarkers Group Tricorder

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Dynamical Biomarkers Group is a 39 persons team based in Taiwan, supported by HTC Research, and  led by Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Chung-Kang Peng. The team got the second prize, still a cool $1 million, for their tricorder prototype comprised of three modules:

  • Smart Vital-Sense Monitor – Temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation.
  • Smart Blood-Urine-Breath Test Kit – Analyze fluids or breath dynamics to diagnose conditions such as urinary tract infection, diabetes, and COPD
  • Smart Scope Module – Bluetooth enabled magnifying camera to obtain high-resolution images of the skin and tympanic (ear) membrane. Used for diseases such as melanoma or otitis media.

These modules allow “physiologic signal analysis, image processing, biomarker detection”, and have been designed to be easy to use through a smartphone with an app that guide the patient through specific tests to generate a diagnosis.

The video below, again does not give much details about the product itself, but present the team, and explain the motivations such as controlling the cost of medical resources in Taiwan, and especially providing quality healthcare in rural areas of Greater China.

From the video, they seem to have greater resources for development than the US based team. Some more details about the tricoder can be found in the Center for Dynamical Biomarkers’ (DBIOM) XPRIZE page.

Via Liliputing

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Tablet Launched with Mediatek MT8176 Hexa-Core Processor, 7.9″ Display

April 6th, 2017 8 comments

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 was powered by an Intel Cherry Trail, but the Chinese company has decided to go back to ARM for the third iteration of their MiPad tablet as they used Mediatek MT8719 hexa-core Cortex A72/A52 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, and the same 7.9″ display with 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT8176 hexa-core processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores @ 2.1 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.7 GHz, and Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, no micro SD slot
  • Display – 7.9″ capacitive touch screen IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE
  • Camera – 5MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash
  • USB – 1x USB type C port
  • Battery – Non-removable 6,600 mAh LiPo battery good for 12 hours of typical use
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 200.0 x 132.6 x 6.95 mm
  • Weight – 328 grams

The new MiPad will run MIUI 8 based on Android (not sure Marshmallow or Nougat). Beside the new processor, Mi Pad 3 is quite similar to Mi Pad 2, but other changes include a bump from Bluetooth 4.1 to Bluetooth 4.2, and a larger battery (6,600 vs 6,190 mAh). Weight is about the same at 328 grams against 322 grams.

Price in China starts at ¥1499 (~$218), but GeekBuying has already started taking pre-orders for $299.99, and expects to ship in about a month. More details may be available on the product page (in Chinese only).

Clarity Android Speaker with Touchscreen Display Supports Both Alexa and Google Assistant (Crowdfunding)

April 3rd, 2017 3 comments

Android speakers with a touchscreen display has been around for a while,  but Clarify speaker adds support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant’s “OK Google”. The 5W stereo speaker also comes with a quad core processor coupled with 16GB storage and 1GB RAM, a 7″ touchscreen display, and a battery.

Clarity specifications:

  • SoC – Unnamed Quad core processor
  • System Memory – You wish you knew
  • Storage – 16GB flash + micro SD slot
  • Display – 7″ touchscreen display with 1280×800 resolution
  • Video Output – HDMI output (added with $250,000 stretch goal)
  • Audio – 2x 5W speaker, built-in microphone, AUX port
  • Connectivity – Dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera – 2MP front-facing camera
  • USB – 1x mini USB port
  • Misc – Control buttons
  • Power Supply
    • 12V/1.5A via power barrel
    • 1.600 mAh / 7.4V LiPo battery good for 6 hours of music playback or 2.5 hours of video playback.
  • Dimensions – 326 x 110 x 160 mm
  • Weight – Around 1 kg

The system will run Android 5.1, although Android 6.0 is also mentioned, and what makes it stand apart from previous similar models, is that the company added support for Alexa and Google Assistant’s “OK Google” to control the device with voice commands like you would on your phone.

Claritry speaker’s project has been running on Indiegogo for about a month, and it has surprisingly been successful having raised $230,000 so far. All “very early bird” rewards are gone, but you could still pledge $149 to get Clarity speaker with a charging cable, a user manual, and one year warranty. Shipping is free to the US, and $15 to the rest of the world with delivery scheduled for June 2017.

Via Liliputing

ECDREAM EC-V26 is a Mini PC with a 8″ Touchscreen Display Powered by an Intel Celeron/Pentium Apollo Lake Processor

March 15th, 2017 4 comments

Mini PCs with a touchscreen display targeting consumer markets, and looking like very thick tablets started with PiPo X8, and later other companies joined the fray with products like GOLE 1, but the form factor appears to have become popular with even more manufacturers, as Shenzhen EC Technology has now launched ECDREAM EC-V26 powered by Intel Celeron or Pentium “Apollo Lake” processor, and equipped with an 8″ touchscreen display.

ECDREAM EC-V26 mini PC specifications:

  • SoC (one of the other)
    • Intel Celeron N3350 dual core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz with a 12 EU Intel® HD Graphics 500; 6W TDP
    • Intel Celeron N3450 quad core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.2 GHz with a 12 EU Intel® HD Graphics 500; 6W TDP
    • Intel Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.5 GHz with an 18 EU Intel HD Graphics 505; 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2GB on-board DDR3 + 1x DDR3 SO-DIMM socket up to 8GB
  • Storage – 32, 64 or 128GB eMMC flash + M.2 socket with optional 64 or 128GB SSD
  • Display – 8″ IPS display with a 10-point capacitive panel; 1280×800 resolution
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b port up to 4K @ 30 Hz, VGA
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers 1W/80 Ohm
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (single band) or  dual band Bluetooth 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Bluetooth V4.0 + HS
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, USB 2.0/3.0 Type C port (not for power)
  • Camera – Optional front panel camera
  • Misc – Power LED, power key, optional RS232 port
  • Power Supply – 12V to 19V up to 3.42A via 5.5/2.5 mm power barrel
  • Battery – Optional 4,000 to 10,000 mAh 3.7/3.8V battery with up to 2A charge current
  • Dimensions – 198 x 144 x 15-26 mm
  • Weight – TBD

The company told me it supports both Windows 10 and “Ubuntu Linux”, but it’s not clear whether there will be an Ubuntu version sold at retail, or the user will have to install the operating system himself/herself.

While the product description above shows a VGA port, it does not look like one (with 3 rows of 5 pins), but instead it should be the optional RS232 port (DB9). Alternatively, it might also be possible that the VGA and RS232 are just mutually exclusive, so you can select the one you want. If your model comes with VGA, it will support dual independent displays configuration. MiniPC DB also reported about the device, and managed to get a somewhat blurry picture of the motherboard, which still clearly shows the SO-DIMM socket.

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The company did not provided pricing info, but MiniPC DB’s guys think it will cost around $350 to $450 depending on options. [Update: the company told me pricing would be in the  $599 to $699 range]. You may find some more details on the product page.

$369 CHUWI Hi13 2-in-1 Windows 10 Tablet is Equipped with a 3000×2000 Display, Supports Ubuntu / Linux

February 15th, 2017 12 comments
I’ve recently reviewed CHUWI LapBook 14.1 laptop powered by an Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 quad core processor, and found it to be a perfectly usable entry-level laptop with a few caveats like potential issues with USB ports, and the lack of brightness keys. The company is now about to launch with a higher end model, with the same processor, but instead of a 14.1″ Full HD display it will come with a high resolution 3000×2000 touchscreen 13.5″ display. The tablet will sell with Windows 10, but the company also claims support for Ubuntu, and other Linux distributions will likely work too.

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CHUWI Hi13 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3450 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.2 GHz (Burst frequency) and 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 700 MHz (Burst freq.); 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L memory
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC storage + micro SD slot for up to 128GB extra
  • Display – 13.5″ touchscreen display with 3000 x 2000 resolution, 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Video Output – micro HDMI port
  • Audio –  Via HDMI port, 4x speakers, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Keyboard – Detachable metal rotary QWERTY keyboard
  • USB – 2x USB port on keyboard, 1x USB type C port on tablet with support for power, data, audio & video
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Battery – 10,000mAh battery, fast charging with 24W power supply
  • Dimensions – 334 x 222 x 9.2mm
  • Weight – 1080 grams (tablet only)
The 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/laptop will also sell with a Chuwi HiPen H3, and the older HiPen H1 stylus also works with it.
 The company also provided a comparison table between CHUWI Hi13, Microsoft Surface Book, and Apple iPad Pro.
Hi13 Surface Book iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
Price $369 Starting at $1499 Starting at $799
Operating system Windows 10 (Ubuntu OS support) Windows 10 iOS 10
Screen size 13.5 inch 13.5 inch 12.9 inch
Resolution 3000 x 2000 3000 x 2000 2732 x 2048
Pixel density (PPI) 267 267 264
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 4:3
Speakers Four speaker audio Two speaker audio Four speaker audio
Thinness 9.2mm 13.0mm 6.9mm
Processor Quad-core Intel Apollo Lake Dual-core Intel Core i5/i7 Dual-core Apple A9X
Fanless design Yes No Yes
All-metal design Yes No Yes
Type-C port 1 x USB Type-C None None
HDMI port 1x Micro HDMI None None
Stylus HiPen H3 Surface Pen Apple Pencil
Keyboard Detachable rotary keyboard Detachable rotary keyboard Keyboard cover

While there are some similarities, the cheapest Surface Book comes with 8GB RAM and a 128 SSD, and a dual core Core i5 processor that will be much faster than the Apollo Lake processor, and usable for video editing and recent 3D games, which won’t be the case for CHUWI Hi13. Nevertheless, that could still be an interesting option for people looking for a device with a high resolution display for less than $400.

CHUWI Hi13 will be officially released on February 20, with pre-orders for $369 starting on the same date. [Update: You’ll find the device on GearBest, GeekBuying and Aliexpress for about $350]

Emdoor EM-QL8170 is One of the First LTE Tablets Designed Thanks to Allwinner & Qualcomm Partnership

February 6th, 2017 10 comments

Allwinner and Qualcomm announced a partnership last year to help Chinese manufacturers design entry-level LTE tablets based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, and Allwinner collaborated with Emdoor one several designs including EM-QL8170 LTE tablet with a Snapdragon 210 processor and a 6.98″ display.

Emdoor EM-QL8170 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) quad core Cortex A7 processor up to 1.3 GHz with Adreno 304 GPU @ 400 MHz
  • System Memory – 1 or 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 8 or 16 GB flash + micro SD slot
  • Display – 6.98″ IPS touchscreen display with 1280×720 resolution
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and GPS
  • Cellular Connectivity – LTE Cat 4 with 2x micro SIM card slots
  • Camera – 2.0MP front-facing camera, 8.0MP rear camera
  • Audio – 1x microphone, 1x 3.5mm audio jack, likely some speaker somewhere…
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Battery – 2850 mAh battery
  • Dimensions – 189.7 x 97.7 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight – 248 grams

The phone runs Android 5.1 and will cost a little over $70 (FOB), which could translate to $120 to $140 on sites like Aliexpress. Emdoor also has various other Qualcomm/Allwinner design all with Snapdragon processor, including a rugged smartphone as you’ll find out in Charbax’ video below.

Emdoor sells about 9 millions tablets (full designs and PCB) per year, mostly through partners, as they work with over 100 companies around the world, and around 50 local partners in mainland China to sell their devices, so you may end up buying an Emdoor tablet  under another brand name. You’ll find a few more details on Emdoor EM-QL8170 product page.