Panasonic Unveils KX-PRX120 Android 4.0 DECT Phone

Panasonic has just introduced KW-PRX120 a cordless phone (DECT) running Android 4.0 on a 3.5″ display. It just looks like your smartphone, but you can only use it within your home. KW-PRX120 specifications and features: Display – 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD (HVGA) with capacitive multi touch screen Connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS Camera – 0.3M pixel Front Camera Battery – 1450mAh Li-ion Battery Storage – microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset USB – micro USB Charging Port Phone features: Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring to help minimise unwanted or nuisance calls Caller ID, Caller ID memory Answering Machine (40min) Key Finder accessory (Optional) Up to 6 handsets (Optional handset or GAP supported DECT handset) can be registered The company did not mention details about the processor, RAM, or storage in the device, but it comes with Google Play, so you’ll be able to install (most of) the apps you’re alreading using on your smartphone. I’ve actually wanted smartphones that can …

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$87 NEO NS Goddess Dual Core Android Smartphone Powered by Qualcomm MSM8225

If you’re following the Chinese low cost smartphone space, you may only think about phones based on Mediatek or possibly Spreadtrum SoCs, but Qualcomm is now entering the arena with its dual core Cortex A5 MSM8225 SoC, and Android smartphones based on the platform such as NEO NS Goddess are available for less than $100, and in this case just $87. NEO NS Goddess specifications: SoC – Qualcomm Dual Core MSM8225 @ 1GHz with Andreno 203 GPU System Memory – 512MB RAM Storage – 512MB ROM + micro SD card slot (TBC) Display – 4.0″ 5-point capacitive touchscreen (800×480) Camera – 0.3MP front camera, 5.0MP back camera Connectivity – Wifi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS Network –  2G GSM 900/1800, 3G WCDMA 2100MHz (Dual SIM card) USB – 1x micro USB Audio – 1x earphone jack Sensor – G-sensor Support Battery – 1500mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery (up to 3 days) Dimensions – 124x64x11.6 mm Weight – 145g This Android 4.0 (ICS) phone comes …

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$130 Giada Q11 Android PC Features an LVDS Port, a mini PCIe slot, a Battery and 2.5″ HDD Support

Giada Q11 is an Android media player powered by AllWinner A10 with 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, which are pretty low specifications by today’s standard, so I would probably not recommend using at home. However, it comes with some pretty rare ports and features: an LVDS port, a mini PCIe slot (for 3G module only), a COM port, and a 2200 mAh battery capable of driving displays. Those extra features could make it a pretty good solution for specific applications such as high definition digital signage players. If your setup does not support networking, and you need to store media files in the device, a 2.5″ for SATA hard drive is also available. Giada Q11 Specifications: SoC – Allwinner A10 Cortex A8 processor @ 1GHz + ARM Mali-400 GPU System memory – 1GB DDR3 Storage – 8GB NAND flash, micro SD card slot (up to 32GB), and SATA II (2.5″ HDD) Expansion Slot – 1x mini PCIe (only support 3G …

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This Low End Android Tablet Comes with a (Non-Removable) Stand with Speaker

The tablet shown below has pretty low specifications with an AllWinner A13 SoC, 512 MB RAM, 4GB, a 7″ 800×480 display, and a not so attractive price. However its stand makes it somewhat unique, and this tablet may be practical as a media frame, kitchen tablet, or possibly as an input console for some external device. Here are the specifications of the device: SoC – Allwinner A13 ARM Cortex-A8 Processor @ 1GHz with Mali-400 GPU System Memory – 512 MB Storage – 4GB NAND Flash + (full size) SD card slot Display – 7″ capacitive touchscreen TFT display with 800×480 resolution Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Sensor – Gravity USB – mini USB port Battery – Unknown Audio – Built-in speaker This Android 4.0 tablet comes with a power adapter, an OTG cable, and a user’s manual. You can purchase it for $83.59 on TinyDeal, but if you really need a tablet with a stand, you could as well buy …

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Compulab CM-T335 CoM with TI Sitara AM335x Sells for $27

Compulab, an Israeli company specialized in embedded computing, has just released CM-T335, a family of low cost computer-on-module powered by Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x SoC, and sells for as low as $27 per unit for the AM3352 version (no GPU) for 1k orders. The module is available in commercial, extended and industrial grades, and features up to 512 MB RAM, and 1 GB Flash. Specifications: SoC –  Texas Instruments AM3352 CPU @ 275MHz, or AM3354 @ 600MHz + PowerVR SGX530 GPU System Memory – 128MB to 512MB DDR3-1066, 16-bit bus width Storage – 128MB to 1GB on-board NAND flash, 8bit, SLC Display – 24-bit Parallel display interface – up to 1366 x 768 Touchscreen – 4/5/8-wire resistive touch-screen support, capacitive touch-screen support through SPI interface Connectivity: Ethernet – 1000Base-T Ethernet interface implemented with AM335x integrated MAC and the Atheros AR8033 RGMII PHY WiFi – 802.11b/g/n implemented with TI WL1271 chipset Bluetooth 4.0 USB – 1x OTG USB2.0 high-speed port, 4x …

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Wi-Fi Performance Comparison for Android Media Players and HDMI Sticks

If you’re mainly using your Android mini PC or STB to stream videos over the web or your local network, Wi-Fi performance is actually more important than CPU performance, and I’ve recently had quite a few issues with Wi-Fi with both T428 (RK3188 / Broadcom Wi-Fi module) and CS868 (AllWinner A31 / Realtek Wi-Fi module), which were only fixed after upgrading my router firmware. So I’ve decided to re-test most of the mini PCs I own with the upgraded router firmware, and the number are highly confusing, and I found out there’s probably be no easy to way to estimate the overall Wi-Fi performance of any device, and it’s most probably highly dependent on the router used, and its firmware version. My router is TP-LINK WR940N, a 300 Mbps Wireless N router with three antennas. Since I bought it, I had never upgraded the firmware (3.9.18 Build 100104 Rel.36350n) from 2010. When I test Android mini PCs or media players, …

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$99 KDDI AU Smart TV Stick Powered by TI OMAP4430

KDDI, a Japanese Telecom operator, has launched AU Smart TV Stick, an Android 4.0.4 HDMI TV Stick powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4430 dual core processor with 1GB RAM, and 4 GB Flash, together with a “magic” Bluetooth remote for 9,800 Yen ($99 US). Here are the specifications of this device: SoC – Texas Instruments OMAP4430 Dual Core Cortex A9 @ 1GHz + PowerVR SGX540 GPU System Memory -1GB RAM Storage – 4GB Flash + microSD card slot Connectivity: Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Video Output – HDMI (female) USB – micro USB OTG Power – AC100V Dimensions –  31 × 105 × 14mm Weight –  45g The Bluetooth remote measures 50 × 149 × 21.5mm, weights 73 g, and comes with a gyro sensor. The package included the mini PC, the remote, as well as an AC adapter (100V), an HDMI Cable, a holder, and 2 AAA batteries for the remote. The company appears to have heavily customized Android …

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VIA Unveils VAB-600 Pico-ITX Board Powered by WM8950 Processor

VIA Technologies has recently announced the VAB-600 Pico-ITX embedded board featuring WonderMedia WM8950 ARM Cortex A9 SoC clocked at 800MHz. VIA targets in-vehicle infotainment as well as mobile and healthcare applications for the board despite an operating temperature range between 0°C and 60°C. Here are the key features of this embedded board: SoC – Wondermedia WM8950 Cortex-A9 @ 800MHz  + Mali-400 GPU System Memory – 1GB DDR3 SDRAM Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash memory + 512KB SPI Flash for Boot Loader + microSD slot Video Output – Mini HDMI, on-board DVO (Digital Video Output) for TTL or LVDS display Video Codecs – MPEG2 [email protected], MPEG4, H.264 BP/MP/[email protected], VC-1 SP/MP/AP, VP8 and JPEG/MJPEG. USB –  2x mini USB 2.0 host ports Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (VT6113), 3G (SIM card slot) and optional WiFi support (VIA VNT9271B6050 WiFi module shared with one USB port) On-board Connectors: 2x COM connectors 1x RTC battery pin header 1x USB 2.0 connector 1x SPI connector for …

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