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

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.

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

  1. What part of it did Allwinner contribute? It doesn’t appear to have any of their silicon in it.

    Also, is that supposed to be Windows it’s running?

  2. which companies usually sell emdoor tablets ? Hopefully the product is at least released with Android Marshmallow preinstalled.

  3. @willmore
    Allwinner is the intermediary between Qualcomm and Chinese manufacturers. They provide technical support, no Allwinner chips involved.

    The partnership is for both Android and Windows.

  4. I’m not seeing what Allwinner gets out of this partnership. Allwinner delivers Chinese OEMs that build phablets using Qualcomm’s chips. What does Allwinner get?

  5. @Jon Smirl
    I’m assuming Allwinner gets paid by Qualcomm for their technical support.
    That.. or quite unlikely with Qualcomm, but frequently done in China, there may be some kind of technology transfer from Qualcomm to Allwinner. The Chinese government often have this kind of requirements for foreign companies to operate in China.

  6. @cnxsoft

    Or it could go the other way – Qualcomm might be accusing Allwinner of patent infringement and this is how Allwinner is paying for a license.

    I still can’t see how Allwinner gets enough benefit out of this in exchange for delivering their best customers to Qualcomm. There is something hidden going on here, it does not make sense. These designs use zero Allwinner silicon.

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