JingPad A1 Arm Linux 2-in-1 tablet can run Android apps (Crowdfunding)

JingPad A1 Linux Tablet

If you are looking for an Arm Linux tablet option are limited with, for instance, the Allwinner A64 powered 10.1-inch PineTab tablet or the CutiePi tablet with a Raspberry Pi CM4 module. If you’d like more performance, the upcoming JingPad A1 2-in-1 tablet might be an option worth looking into. The 11-inch 2K tablet features an octa-core Cortex-A75/A55 processor, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and can be transformed into a laptop with an optional detachable keyboard. JingPad A1 runs the company’s JingOS optimized for tablets, and which also happens to be able to run Android apps. JingPad A1 specifications: SoC – Unnamed octa-core processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A75 CPU cores @ 2 GHz, 4x Arm Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 1.8 GHz, Imagination PowerVR GM9446 GPU @ 800 MHz. (I can’t find an exact match, but if it looks similar to MediaTek Helio P90 except the configuration is 2x Cortex-A75, 6x Cortex-A55 Finally it should be UNISOC Tiger T7510 […]

Crowdfunded “Mi Mini PC” Windows 10 Mobile PC remains undelivered after 3 years

Mi-Mini-PC-Fail

Crowdfunding can be fun, but also risky for backers, especially when backing projects from startups. There are many such examples of projects gone bad, and last year we noted TAIHE Gemini portable display was another crowdfunding campaign gone wrong despite raising over one million dollars. Today, I’d like to reiterate this warning with “Mi Mini PC“, a pocket-size Windows 10 Mobile PC that was introduced on Indiegogo and raised a cool 1.5 million dollars. Note that the “Mi” here is completely unrelated to Xiaomi, and the product was developed by a company with the now-unreachable  mipcworld.com website. There were early red flags shorting after the launch of the campaign with the developer making unrealistic claims about a free upgrade from Atom x7 to Core M3-7Y30, and no pictures of an actual prototype. But somebody just left a comment on the CNX Software article that there was still nothing. So I had a look. The last update was in December 2018… […]

Station P2 Arm mini PC offers dual GbE, M.2 & SATA SSD, up to 8GB RAM (Crowdfunding)

Rockchip RK3568 mini PC

Last week, we noted Firefly launched the first RK3568 system-on-module with Core-3568J AI Core and a corresponding full-featured development kit. But the company has been working on another interesting Rockchip RK3568 based device with Station P2 mini PC. Most Arm mini PCs need to make compromises when it comes to interfaces having to rely on USB bridges, but Station P2 feels very much like standard x86 based mini PC, albeit with a slower processor, thanks to native interfaces, or implemented through PCIe, with M.2 and SATA 3.0 SSD/HDD, dual Gigabit Ethernet, as well as WiFi 6, several USB 3.0/2.0 ports, and support for up to 8GB RAM among other features. Station P2 mini PC specifications: SoC – Rockchip RK3568 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with Arm Mali-G52 2EE GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1, 0.8 TOPS NPU for AI acceleration, 4Kp60 H.265/H.264/VP9 video decoding, and 1080p100 H.265/H.264 video encoding System Memory – […]

CarDongle replaces Android Auto with an Android 9.0 USB computer (Crowdfunding)

CarDroid

[Update Feb 16, 2021: CarDongle used to be called CarDroid, but the company had to change the product name. The rest of the post still uses CarDroid] Many cars now sell with Android Auto support but infotainment systems compatible with Google’s mobile app may have limitations and that’s why we have started to see third-party solutions such as AAWireless adapter to enable wireless Android Auto on more cars. Since Android Auto compatible hardware can’t be easily or cheaply upgraded, CarDroid Innovations has introduced CarDroid USB computer that works with Android Auto but instead runs Android 9.0 on a quad or octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at up to 2.0 GHz with improved performance and access to more apps. CarDroid specifications: SoC – Unnamed quad or octa-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 2.0 GHz (Likely Amlogic S912 octa-core processor, advertised at 2.0 GHz, but whose real max frequency is 1.5 GHz, and maybe Amlogic S905X2 for the quad-core model). System Memory – Up to […]

F(x)tec Pro1 X smartphone runs LineageOS or Ubuntu, features a sliding keyboard (Crowdfunding)

Ubuntu Smartphone with physical keyboard

F(x)tec Pro1 Android smartphone was introduced last year with the main differentiating features being its sliding keyboard. The company also mentioned support for Android-based LineageOS as well as Sailfish OS, but those need(ed) to be installed by the user. FX Technology has now unveiled F(x)tec Pro1 X smartphone with similar specs, except for the blue case and the option of having additional memory and storage, as well as official support for LineageOS and Ubuntu Touch thanks to a collaboration with XDA. Another difference is the availability of Scandinavian and AZERTY keyboard layouts F(x)tec Pro1 X specifications: SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) octa-core Kryo 280 processor with 4x higher performance cores @ 2.45 GHz, 4x low-power cores @ 1.9 GHz, Adreno 540 GPU System Memory – 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4 Storage – 128GB or 256GB flash, MicroSD card up to 2TB Display – 5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 (FHD+) AMOLED display with curved edges; Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Camera 8MP Front-facing camera […]

Lanmodo Vast Pro dashcam helps you drive more safely at night (Crowdfunding)

Lamodo Vast Pro Dashcam Night Vision System

There are plenty of dashcams on the market to record accidents or other events that may happen while driving or while your car is parked. Lanmodo Vast Pro is another of those systems but features a wider screen and a night mode that helps drivers see clearer and further at night or other adverse conditions (rain, fog, snow, etc…), leaving more time for the driver to take corrective action and prevent an accident. The system is equipped with a 1080p HDR camera using a Sony CMOS sensor, as well as an optional Full HD rear camera with a 170-degree field-of-view, and up to 128GB of storage good for around 28 hours of continuous recording. Lanmodo Vast Pro key features and specifications: SoC – Unknown Storage – MicroSD card up to 128 GB (28 hours of continuous of front came, or 14 hours with rear camera as well) Display – 8-inch IPS screen with 850cd/m2 brightness Cameras Adjustable 5MP Full HD […]

Teracube 2e is a user-serviceable, sustainable phone with a 4-year “premium care warranty”

Teracube 2E sustainbable phone

Most smartphones have limited software support, but in my experience with Xiaomi smartphones part of Android One, the hardware tends to fail even earlier than the 18 to 24-month support window for such phones. It’s also close to impossible to repair those by yourself. So it would be nice to have a phone with a longer warranty, software support, and that the user can service himself. If it was made of recycled materials, it would be a bonus too. That’s exactly what Teracube 2e phone provides with recycled materials, a fully biodegradable case, and a 4-year “premium care warranty” for hardware repairs, and since it runs Android 10 stock, you’d get 3-years of Android and security updates. Teracube 2 phone is also meant to be affordable going for $99 and up on Indiegogo with the following specifications: SoC – Mediatek Helio A25 octa-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.8GHz with IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU System Memory – 4GB RAM Storage – 64GB […]

GMK NucBox Palm-Sized Mini PC Launched on Indiegogo with 8GB RAM, Up to 512GB SSD

GMK NucBox

Earlier this month, we wrote about GMK mini PC as an alternative to Chuwi LarkBox with a more powerful Intel Celeron J4125 processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. The tiny computer now has a complete name “GMK NucBox”, and just launched on Indiegogo with rewards starting at $179. GMK NucBox specifications: SoC – Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core Gemini Lake Refresh processor @ 2.0 / 2.7 GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 600; 10W TDP System Memory – 8GB LPDDR4 Storage – 128GB, 256GB or 512GB M.2 2242 SSD, MicroSD card slot Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio via HDMI Connectivity – Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 2×2 MIMO up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2 USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C port for power only Misc – Power button, cooling fan with “almost no noise” Power Supply – 12V via USB-C port Dimensions – […]