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PiPo X12 Mini PC is Equipped with a 10.8″ Touchscreen Display, an RS232 Port, Ships with a Digital Stylus Pen

September 11th, 2017 4 comments

PiPo has released several mini PCs with touchscreen displays with products like PiPo X8 or PiPo X9S, and now the company has launched PiPo X12 model based on an Intel Cherry Trail processor, with a larger 10.8″ display, an RS-232 port to connect a barcode reader for instance, and that ships with a digital stylus pen.

PiPo X12 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz/1.92 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics
  • System Memory – 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 64 GB flash, and micro SD slot
  • Display – 10.8″ capacitive touch IPS display with 1920×1280 resolution
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a and VGA
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet ports, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons, and reset pinhole; gravity sensor
  • Battery – 10,000 mAh @ 3.7V
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 250.6 x 174.3 x 70.4 mm
  • Weight – 850 grams

PiPoi X12 ships with an activated version of Windows 10, a power adapter, and a digital stylus pen that can be used for hand-writing.


PiPo X12 is sold for $227.99 on Banggood, but we could also find the device on Aliexpress for about the same price, as well as a dual boot Windows 10 / Android 5.1 version (maybe) on GeekBuying. Note the latter only mentions Android 5.1 in the title, and does not specifically list the stylus, but shows a picture of it.

Via AndroidPC.es

Jolla Tablet Take 2 – Youyouta Tablet Runs Linux Based Sailfish OS 2.1 Operating System (Crowdfunding)

July 9th, 2017 3 comments

Jolla Tablet running Linux based Sailfish OS was launched in 2014 via Indiegogo, and the campaign was initially very successful having raised over 2.5 million dollars, but eventually it became a disaster as the company had some financial issues, and the tablet was canceled with on a few backers having received their tablet. The company eventually organized a refund program, so it did not end up being as bad as it first seemed. But there’s now a “new” SailFish OS tablet – Youyouta tablet – that has been launched on Indiegogo last month.

Jolla is not handling the manufacturing and campaign, and instead it’s done by a third party who is paying license fees to Jolla for Sailfish OS. They re-used most parts of the hardware design from original Jolla tablet plus a few modifications like option for higher storage capacity:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F quad core “Bay Trail” Processor  @ 1.33/1.83 GHz with Intel HD Graphics
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L-RS
  • Storage – 32GB or 64GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 256 GB (ext-4)
  • Display – 7.85″ IPS display, 2048 x 1536 resolution, 5-point capacitive touch
  • Camera – 5.0MP rear camera with 1080p video capture, 2.0MP front-facing camera
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack + speaker(s)
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, light sensor, gyroscope, compass, and hall sensor
  • Battery – 4,500 mAh
  • Dimensions – 203 x 137 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight – 385 grams

The tablet runs the latest Sailfish OS 2.1  operating system with support for Android apps, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync, text prediction, gesture control, and multitasking.

While the crowdfunding campaign has not been quite as successful as the previous one, as some people have been burned once, and the hardware is rather low-end in 2017, the campaign has already surpassed the $50,000 funding target with around $60,000 raised with 12 days to go, so mass production – by Foxconn – will go ahead. a $199 pledge should get your a black tablet with 32GB flash, while you’d need to pledge $219 to get the red or black version with 64GB flash. Other rewards are available with bundles include a Bluetooth keyboard, and protective cover. Shipping adds $30, and the tablet is expected to ship right after the crowfunding campaign is over in September 2017.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 is a 14nm LTE “Mobile Platform” for Mid-Range Smartphones and Tablets

June 28th, 2017 No comments

Qualcomm has a made several announcements at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, with processors like Snapdragon Wear 1200 Wearables SoC, as well as Snapdragon 450 octa-core mobile platform, allegedly the first 14nm processor made for mid-range mobile devices.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 specifications:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ up to 1.8 GHz
  • GPU – Adreno 506 GPU with OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0 Full, DirectX 12, GPU tessellation, geometry shading
  • DSP – Hexagon 546 DSP
  • Memory I/F – LPDDR3
  • Display – Full HD 1080p60; Qualcomm EcoPix,TruPalette, improveTouch technology
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic with VoLTE w/Ultra HD Voice (EVC), high-fidelity music playback (24-bit/192 KHz), Dolby 5.1
  • Modem – Snapdragon X9 LTE modem up to 300 Mbps download (Cat 7) and 150 Mbps uplink (Cat. 13)
  • Wireless Connectivity – 802.11ac MU-MIMO, Gen8C Lite location technology, Bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • USB – USB 3.0 interface
  • Camera – Up to 13MP dual camera, up to 21MP single camera; real-time Bokeh, Qualcomm ClearSight camera features
  • Video – 1080p60 HEVC playback and capture
  • Security – Qualcomm “Mobile Security”
  • Fast Charging – Quick Charge 3.0
  • Process – 14nm FinFET technology

The processor is an upgrade to the Snapdragon 435 processor with faster CPU and GPU bringing roughly 25% improvement in performance, better battery life with up to 30 percent reduction in power when gaming,  and better camera support with support for real-time Bokeh effects and dual 13MP cameras. The Snapdragon 450 is also said to be the the first mid-range mobile SoC to supports a USB 3.0 interface.

Sampling is scheduled for Q3 2017, and mobile devices based on the processor are expected by the end of 2017. No product page has been setup on Qualcomm website yet.

Allwinner A63 2K “Flat Panel” SoC Unveiled at APC 2017 Conference

June 26th, 2017 7 comments

Allwinner unveiled their latest A63 quad core Cortex A53 SoC for tablet at the APC 2017 conference in Zhuhai, Shenzhen, last week. The processor will be an upgrade to Allwinner A64 with a Mali-T760MP2 GPU, support for 2560 x 1600 displays, and a 6K H.265/VP9 video processing unit.

Some of Allwinner A63 key features:

  • CPU- Quad core Cortex A53 processor with 32KB L1 I-cache, 32KB L1 D-cache, shared 512KB L2 cache
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T760MP2 “high performance” GPU with OpenGL ES 3.2 support
  • VPU – 4K/6K VP9, H.265, and H.264 4K @ 30fps video decoder; Smartcolor 3.0 “video quality enhancement engine”
  • Memory I/F – DDR3, DDR3L, LPDDR3, LPDDR2
  • Storage I/F – eMMC 5.0; TLC/MLC/SLC/EF NAND flash with 80-bit ECC
  • Display I/F – Dual MIPI and eDP interfaces up to 2560 x 1600 resolution
  • Audio – Support for multi-microphone array, multi-channel analog voice signal input and stereo ADC, DAC
  • Package – 15 x 15 mm
  • Manufacturing Process – 28nm

Allwinner will provide an Android N GMS SDK for the processor, which beside tablets, is also expected to be used in point of sales, and digital signage applications. The processor also comes with audio capabilities to support voice commands / APIs like Amazon Alexa. The company has not setup a product page on their website yet, and I got most of the info from an article on Sohu.

Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon 630 and 660 “Mobile Platforms” for Mid-Range Smartphones & Tablets

May 9th, 2017 2 comments

Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoCs Mobile Platforms, namely Snapdragon 630 and 660, with the aim of introducing “high-end features” to mid-range devices. Both chips come with eight cores, an Adreno GPU, and are manufactured with 14nm FinFET technology.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630

Key features:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 clocked at up to 2.2 GHz (low power cluster up to 1.8 GHz)
  • GPU – Adreno 508 with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 full,Vulkan, DX12
  • DSP – Hexagon 642 DSP
  • Memory I/F –  LPDDR4, dual channel up to 1333MHz, 8GB RAM
  • Storage I/F – eMMC and UFS flash
  • Display – Up to 1920×1200 resolution; DisplayPort and USB type-C support
  • Video – Up to 4K @ 30 fps playback and capture; H.264, H.265 and VP9 codecs
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier; Qualcomm aptX audio playback
  • Camera – Up to 24MP single camera, up to 13MP dual camera; Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP
  • Modem – Snapdragon X12 LTE modem: Cat 12 for downlink (600 Mbps max); Cat 13 for uplink (150 Mbps max)
  • Wireless Connectivity – Dual band 802.11ac 1×1 WiFi, Bluetooth 5
  • Location – GPS, Glanass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS
  • Security – Qualcomm Mobile Security: camera security,  app protect, Qualcomm processor security
  • Charging – Quick Charge 4 technology

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

 

  • CPU – 8x Kryo 260 cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz (low power cluster up to 1.8 GHz)
  • GPU – Adreno 512 with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 full,Vulkan, DX12
  • DSP – Hexagon 680 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX)
  • Memory I/F –  LPDDR4, dual channel up to 1866MHz, 8GB RAM
  • Storage I/F – eMMC and UFS flash
  • Display – Up to 2560×1600 resolution; DisplayPort and USB type-C support
  • Video – Up to 4K @ 30 fps playback and capture; H.264, H.265 and VP9 codecs
  • Audio – Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier; Qualcomm aptX audio playback
  • Camera – Up to 24MP single camera, up to 16MP dual camera; Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP
  • Modem – Snapdragon X12 LTE modem: Cat 12 for downlink (600 Mbps max); Cat 13 for uplink (150 Mbps max)
  • Wireless Connectivity – Dual band 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, Bluetooth 5
  • Location – GPS, Glanass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS
  • Security – Qualcomm Mobile Security: camera security,  app protect, Qualcomm processor security, hardware token
  • Charging – Quick Charge 4 technology

Snapdragon 660 is an upgrade to 653 with about 20 percent improvement in CPU performance, and 30 percent in GPU performance. Snapdragon 630 CPU & GPU are respectively about 10% and 30% faster compared to the ones in Snapdragon 626.

Products based on Snapdragon 660 SoC should hit the shelves in Q2, while Snapdragon 630 mobile devices will start selling in Q3. You’ll find more details on Snapdragon 630 and 660 product pages.

Rockchip Introduces Three Tablet SoCs: RK3126C, RK3326, RK3366, and RK3368H Processor for 2-in-1 Laptops

April 19th, 2017 5 comments

Rockchip has launched four more processors at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017, with three SoCs specifically targeting tablets namely RK3126C, RK3326 and RK3366, and one SoC, RK3368H modified from RK3368, designed to provide a lower cost alternative to RK3288 and RK3399 for 2-in-1 hybrid laptops and tablets.

The company only provided limited information with regards to the tablet SoCs specifications:

  • RK3126C quad core processor supporting 1080p video decoding and HD (720p?) displays for entry-level tablets
  • RK3326 quad core ARM Cortex A35 processor with a quad core Mali GPU, DDR3/LPDDR memory interface, 1080p60 H.264, MPEG-4/-2 video decoding, and 1080p30 H.264 video encoding
  • RK3366 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor with a quad core Mali GPU, DDR3/LPDDR memory interface, USB 3.0 interface, and 4K H.265 video decoding

All three processors will be running Android 7.1. I could not find any tablets based on the processor yet, so we may have to wait a few more month.

We have more details about RK3368H processor since it’s an update of RK3368 processor, and a tablet was showcased at the event.

Rockchip RK3368H key specifications:

  • CPU – Octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 Ghz
  • GPU – Imagination PowerVR SDX6110 GPU @ 600 MHz
  • Memory I/F – 32-bit DDR/LPDDR
  • Display I/F  – Full HD Display supported
  • Video – 4K H.265 and H.264 video decoding
  • Ethernet and HDMI port “reduced” (likely meaning removed) for lower costs
  • 28nm process

The processor can run Android 7.1 operating systems, including desktop optimized version such as Remix OS, Phoenix OS, or Light Biz OS. The company claims the tablet shown above gets around 48,000 points in Antutu benchmark. Netbook Italia also posted a video of the tablet (in Italian) showing it’s made by Chiptrip, but they have not updated their MID page with the new tablet just yet.

Via AndroidPC.es

Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Selects Two Winners for Commercial Medical Tricorders

April 18th, 2017 No comments

Healthcare takes around 10% of worldwide GDP, and while in some cases an increase in the healthcare to GDP ratio means better care for people, in other cases it may  lead to a decrease in the population’s living standards. There are political, business, and legal issues involved in the costs, but overtime I’m confident that technology can both improve care and lower the costs, in some instances dramatically, especially if open source designs become more common, and there’s some work in that respect with open source projects for prosthetics, opthalmoscope, and even surgical robots. Some commercial projects also aim(ed) to lower the costs of diagnosis tools such as Sia Lab’s medical lab dongle or Scanadu medical tricorder. The latter project sadly did not manage to pass FDA approval, and the company will stop supporting it on May 15, 2017, but that does not mean others have given up on developing a Star Trek like tricorder project, and Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE – which aims at diagnosing 13 disease states – selected two winners for the competition: Final Frontier Medical Devices and Dynamical Biomarkers Group.

Final Frontier Medical Devices DxtER Tricorder

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Final Frontier Medical Devices is a US based team of engineers and medical professionals that realized 90% of patients going to emergency services just wanted a diagnostics for their problem, and decided to work on a DxtER tricorder, which “includes a group of non-invasive sensors that are designed to collect data about vital signs, body chemistry and biological functions. This information is then synthesized in the device’s diagnostic engine to make a quick and accurate assessment”.

Final Frontier Mediacal Devices got $2.5 million for their achievements, not bad considering they worked part-time on the project. The video below explains a little more about the team, their work, and the problem they try to solve, but does not give much details about the actual product and different sensors used.

DxtER cannot identify all 13 conditions from the XPRIZE challenge, but their algorithms are said to be able to diagnose 34 health conditions including diabetes, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea, leukocytosis, pertussis, stroke, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

That aren’t much more details in DxtER’s product page for now.

Dynamical Biomarkers Group Tricorder

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Dynamical Biomarkers Group is a 39 persons team based in Taiwan, supported by HTC Research, and  led by Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Chung-Kang Peng. The team got the second prize, still a cool $1 million, for their tricorder prototype comprised of three modules:

  • Smart Vital-Sense Monitor – Temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation.
  • Smart Blood-Urine-Breath Test Kit – Analyze fluids or breath dynamics to diagnose conditions such as urinary tract infection, diabetes, and COPD
  • Smart Scope Module – Bluetooth enabled magnifying camera to obtain high-resolution images of the skin and tympanic (ear) membrane. Used for diseases such as melanoma or otitis media.

These modules allow “physiologic signal analysis, image processing, biomarker detection”, and have been designed to be easy to use through a smartphone with an app that guide the patient through specific tests to generate a diagnosis.

The video below, again does not give much details about the product itself, but present the team, and explain the motivations such as controlling the cost of medical resources in Taiwan, and especially providing quality healthcare in rural areas of Greater China.

From the video, they seem to have greater resources for development than the US based team. Some more details about the tricoder can be found in the Center for Dynamical Biomarkers’ (DBIOM) XPRIZE page.

Via Liliputing

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Tablet Launched with Mediatek MT8176 Hexa-Core Processor, 7.9″ Display

April 6th, 2017 8 comments

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 was powered by an Intel Cherry Trail, but the Chinese company has decided to go back to ARM for the third iteration of their MiPad tablet as they used Mediatek MT8719 hexa-core Cortex A72/A52 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, and the same 7.9″ display with 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT8176 hexa-core processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores @ 2.1 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.7 GHz, and Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, no micro SD slot
  • Display – 7.9″ capacitive touch screen IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE
  • Camera – 5MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash
  • USB – 1x USB type C port
  • Battery – Non-removable 6,600 mAh LiPo battery good for 12 hours of typical use
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 200.0 x 132.6 x 6.95 mm
  • Weight – 328 grams

The new MiPad will run MIUI 8 based on Android (not sure Marshmallow or Nougat). Beside the new processor, Mi Pad 3 is quite similar to Mi Pad 2, but other changes include a bump from Bluetooth 4.1 to Bluetooth 4.2, and a larger battery (6,600 vs 6,190 mAh). Weight is about the same at 328 grams against 322 grams.

Price in China starts at ¥1499 (~$218), but GeekBuying has already started taking pre-orders for $299.99, and expects to ship in about a month. More details may be available on the product page (in Chinese only).