InfoTMIC has recently launched the iMAPx15 SoC featuring 2 Cortex A5 and a Mali-400 GPU. Infotmic iMAPx15 is a low cost version of iMAPx820 that is cost optimized for tablets, and lacks features such as SATA and GPS.
Charbax interviewed InfoTMIC marketing director at CES 2013, where they discussed the new processor, and showcased a 7″ Android 4.1 tablet powered by iMAPx15 that is said to cost just $35. The device is not sold on Chinese websites yet, so I could not confirm this claim. At first, I thought it would be unlikely to be the retail price, but there are some 7″ Android tablets selling for about $40 on Aliexpress (Update: The sellers at this price don’t have feedback, so those could be scams). So the $35 price tag could either be the unit price for 1K orders or the retail price in China.
iMAPx15 is not listed on the company website, but I could still gather the specs from the video:
- Processor – 2 Cortex A5 cores up to 1.2 GHz
- GPU – Mali 400 GPU up to 400 MHz
- FULL-HD (1080p) video decoder (multiple codecs)
- FULL-HD (1080p) encoder (H.264)
- JPEG Decoder & Encoder
- Video Out – HDMI 1.4A, RGB / I80 / TV_IF
- CAMERA I/F
- Memory Controller – DDR/DDR2/DDR3 & LPDDR
- USB – 2x USB2.0 host & 1x USB OTG
- Process – TSMC 40LP
- Package – TFBGA 14x14mm 0.65mm pitch
InfoTMIC also plans to release a Quad Core Cortex a9 later this year.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Most or all of the shops selling tablets for $40 retail on Aliexpress are a scam.
As usual, the price cited to Charbax is likely to be in 10k or more quantities. And I guess the tablets sold retail for $50-55 already cost $35 or a bit more wholesale.
If they can sell tablet at that price point, I am sure we are going to get descent android stick with dual core jelly bean around $20 !! 🙂 🙂
How do the scams work, if they’re paid via Aliexpress escrow?
(If they are scams, Aliexpress will have a lot of sorting out to do – two of their bestselling items this week are <$40 A13 tablets from a sellers with 300 units in total…)