There’s a war going on in China at this very moment, a war fought between Chinese tablet SoC manufacturers to get the cheapest dual core tablet on the market, and according to diverse reports, it seems VIA Wondermedia may have won a battle with WM8880 dual core SoC, as the upcoming SunnyCube V7 tablet will sell for 249 RMB (About $40 US), just 20 RMB (~$3) more than AllWinner A13 based tablets. The rest of the world should be able to get it for about $50 – $55 from websites such as Aliexpress, after paying for “free” shipping.
- SoC – VIA WM8880 Dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.5GHz + Mali-400 MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 512MB RAM
- Storage – 4GB Flash
- Display – 7-inch WVGA (800×480) display
- Video Playback – H.264, WMV, MPEG2/4, VP8 (up to 1080p)
- Camera – Front and rear cameras
- Battery – Unknown
This Android 4.2.2 tablet should start to sell in China at the beginning of June.
There’s not much information about the new Wondermedia WM8880 SoC, but 1pad.cn leaked some benchmark run on WM8880-MID tablet reference design, showing decent performance with, for example, 11,600 points in Antutu.
We also know it’s manufactured with 40nm process, that keeps the cost low, but power consumption should be higher that dual core SoC using 28nm technology. WM8880 is said to cost just $4.99 US in quantities.
After WM8880 availability in Q2 2013, VIA plans to launch dual and quad-core A7 processors in Q3 and Q4, respectively WM8860 (with Mali-450 GPU) and WM8888 (with Mali-450 MP2), as well as VIA WM9002 a 6-core big.LITTLE processor (4x Cortex A7, 2x Cortex OWL???) together with a quad core Mali-450 MP GPU.