Posts Tagged ‘tablet’

Amlogic 2018 Roadmap Reveals S905X2, S905C, and S922 Processors

January 10th, 2018 25 comments

I’ve been asked what’s next for Amlogic a few times recently, and today I received an Amlogic 2017/2018 roadmap dated Q3 2017 that shows three new processors beside Amlogic S805X, which has yet to be launched into products: Amlogic S905C, S905X2 and S922. So let’s have a look at the three new processors.

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Amlogic S905C specifications:

  • CPU – Quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor
  • GPU- ARM Mali-450MP2
  • System Memory  – Up to 3GB DDR3/3L, LPDDR2/3 memory
  • Storage – NAND flash, eMMC 5.0 flash, and NOR flash interfaces
  • Video – 4K60 HEVC decoder, 4K30 H.264 decoder, and AVS+ decoder with HDR10, HLG, 1080p60 H.264 encoder
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0b, CVBS
  • Audio – integrated audio DAC
  • Integrated DVB-C demodulator , 1x TS input
  • Others – 10/100M Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0
  • Package – 13 x 13 mm BGA

Engineering samples have been available since July 2017, and it looks to be targeting the Chinese cable TV market with an AVS+ decoder and built-in DVB-C demodulator. Android and TVOS SDK will be provided. I had never heard about tvOS, and it looks to be the operating system used in Apple TV boxes. Will Amlogic processor be found in Apple devices, or is that another “TVOS”? [Update: TVOS should either be Android TV OS, or more likely NGB TVOS for the Chinese market. See comments]

Amlogic S905X2 is an update for S905X with a new manufacturing process and a mysterious dual core Dvalin GPU:

  • CPU – Quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor
  • GPU- Dvalin MP2
  • Video – Advanced HEVC, VP9 decoders; H.264, H.265 encoder
  • HDR – Dolby Vision, HDR10+
  • Ultra low power
  • Next gen process

Amlogic S922 will move to next gen Arm cores, and an upgraded GPU, but we don’t know a whole lot:

  • CPU – Octa-core next gen Arm CPU
  • GPU – Next gen GPU
  • Video – Dual 4K decode/4K encode
  • Full HDR standards
  • Display – MIPI DSI
  • Camera – MIPI CSI
  • Interfaces – USB type C, and PCI-e
  • Ultra low power

That processor should be able to handle 4K 3D videos thanks to the dual decoder, and will likely go beyond TV boxes, with the camera and display interfaces, so maybe Amlogic S922 laptops or tablets will be a thing at the end of 2018. If that’s the case, the processor will likely use an Arm Cortex A7x/A5x configuration, instead of just eight Cortex A55 cores.

Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1 Detachable Runs Windows 10 S on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

January 9th, 2018 5 comments

Lenovo Miix 630 is joining other Qualcomm 835 powered always-on always connected Windows 10 PCs such as HP Envy x2 2017, and ASUS Novago TP370. Like its peers, the 2-in-1 laptop supports both WiFi and LTE connectivity, and promises ultra-long battery life for example up to 20 hours of local video playback.

The device also includes a digital pen with 1024 levels of sensitivity, and a backlit keyboard. Another similarity is a high price, as Miix 630 pricing with keyboard and  digital pen will start at $799.99 in Q2 2018.

Lenovo Miix 630 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor @ up to 2.6GHz with Adreno 540 GPU
  • System memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 128GB UFS 2.0 storage
  • Display – 12.3″ WUXGA (1920×1200) touchscreen display
  • Audio – Speaker and microphone (support for Cortana)
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Connectivity – 4G LTE and WiFi
  • Camera – Infrared camera compatible with Windows Hello
  • Battery – good for up to 20 hours of local video playback
  • Dimensions – 15.6mm thickness (with keyboard)
  • Weight – 1.33 kg

If you’re not too happy running Windows 10 S with its better security but serious limitations, Lenovo allows you to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro at no cost within 180 days after Windows activation, however they note that the offer is subject to availability and may vary by market.

Those Windows Arm laptops are quite expensive, so we’ll have to see how they perform, but initial prototype benchmarks show results varying from Cherry Trail to Core M3 performance, so I doubt they become that popular, unless people are ready to pay up a few hundred dollars extra for the very long battery life and LTE connectivity.

PiPO P10 Phoenix OS 2-in-1 Laptop is Powered by Rockchip RK3399 Processor

December 22nd, 2017 12 comments

Phoenix OS is an operating system based on Android 7.1 with desktop optimizations, and is one of the last few options if you plan to run Android on x86 platforms as other projects such as Remix OS have stopped providing images, at least for the consumer market.

The operating system also work on Arm platforms, but it is not open source – except for a Linux kernel release a few months ago -, manufacturers partners with the company to port the OS to their hardware. PiPO P10 2-in-1 laptop is one of those devices, and thanks to Rockchip RK3399 processor should offer decent performance.

PiPO P10 (preliminary) specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa core processor with 2x Cortex A72 cores, 4x Cortex A53 cores, Mali-860MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 32 or 64GB storage, 1x micro SD slot
  • Display – 10.1″ capacitive touch display with 2560×1600 resolution; 10-point touch
  • Video Output – 1x micro HDMI port
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, built-in microphone, stereo speakers, HDMI audio output
  • Camera – 8MP rear camera with auto focus, flashlight; 5MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, maybe GPS
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Sensors – Fingerprint sensor, Gravity sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Gyro
  • Battery – 6,600mAh @ 3.7V (24.42Wh)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2.5A
  • Dimensions – 255 x 164 x 7.8 mm (materials: metal+plastic back)
  • Weight – 510 grams without keyboard

The tablet / laptop ships with a power adapter, a pair of earphones, a USB cable, and an OTG cable. Keyboard, digital pen, and fingerprint scanner are shown to be optional on the manufacturer website.

The device can be found on GearBest with keyboard and digital pen for $249.69 including shipping.  The device is also listed as out of stock on the unofficial PiPO store. While talking about GearBest, you may want to change your password, as there has allegedly been a leak of some (162) customers emails, password (plain text), and address.


Geniatech & Arrow Are Working on Tablet Docks for 96Boards Development Boards

December 13th, 2017 1 comment

Geniatech has been working on some interesting tablet docks specifically designed for 96boards compliant hardware platform. They showcased a prototype at Linaro Connect US 2017 with their “almost-96Boards-compliant” Developer Board IV based on Snapdragon 410E which adds an Ethernet port to 96Boards CE specifications.The model showcased comes with a 10.1″ FullHD touchscreen display, and should work with all 96Boards CE edition boards once launched. JinJun Fang, CEO of Geniatech, also mentioned they are discussing with Arrow Electronics, which will manage distributions, about other 7″ and 13″ models.

The video – by Charbax – embedded below was filmed in September 2017, but AFAIK the 96Boards tablet docks have not launched yet, and Geniatech did not reply to request for information, so we’ll have to wait a little longer before launch. Mr Fang also mentioned a new Snapdragon 820 based board coming later-on, maybe Developer Board V?

Via ARMdevices

F6 / GOLE 10 Mini PC Tablet Review- Part 1: Specs, Unboxing and Teardown

December 12th, 2017 6 comments

Mini PCs and tablets are normally distinct product category, but in recent years we’ve seen mini PCs fitted with touchscreen displays, which are somewhat like industrial panel PCs with mostly consumer grade, and with the display placed at an angle. PiPo has designed several of those with models such as PiPo X8 or PiPo X9S.

Shenzhen Qianhai GOLE Technology (aka GOLE) is another company manufacturing “mini PC tablets”, but when I reviewed their first GOLE1 model, I did not find it very useful because a 5″ display is quite inconvenient with Windows 10, and even for Android as if you may not always keep it close like a phone, except for some very specific applications. The company has now launched another model called GOLE 10 (aka F6), still based on an Atom x5 processor, but that should be more useful thanks its 10.1″ touchscreen display with 1920×1200 resolution. I’ve received a sample for review today, and I’ll start by listing the specifications, and checking out the hardware design in the first part of the review

GOLE 10 specifications

  • SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz/1.92 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2 or 4 GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB flash, micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Display – 10.1″ capacitive touch IPS display with 1920×1200 resolution; 5-point touch
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Connectivity – Ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with internal antenna
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons; reset pinhole; RS-232 port (DB9)
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 244 x 184 x 64.5 mm
  • Weight – 850 grams

The specifications look somewhat similar to PiPo X12, but the screen is a little smaller, flash capacity lower, battery is not included, and the design is a little thinner, albeit wider. The mini PC comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed.

GOLE 10 Unboxing

The package is a cardboard box with some logo and a graphics showing the device.

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Once the side you can see which model you ordered with options for 2GB/32GB or 4GB/32GB configuration, and EU or US plug.

The device comes with a 5V/3A power adapter, and a user manual in English.

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The display covers most of the area on the top of the enclosure with a grid at the very top for the two speakers.

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The rear panel includes a micro SD slot, two USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.4 output, Ethernet, the power jack and an RS-232 port. If you’re starting to wonder “what year is this?” and look at your calendar, you don’t need to, as RS232 barcode scanner are still pretty common, and a good match for this mini PC for points-of-sales (PoS).

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One of the right side comes with power and volume buttons, a hole for a red (power?) LED, one extra USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, and an audio jack.

GOLE 10 Teardown

Opening the device is very easy. Just remove the four rubber pads on the bottom, loosen the four screws…

… and the bottom cover will come off easily. Four boards are used in the design from top left to bottom right: USB / button / audio board, main board with copper plate for cooling, RS232 DB9 board, and the touchscreen board. There’s some sort of metal “fabric” on the inner part of the bottom cover probably for EMI protection or further cooling?

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The other side of the main board includes a Realtek RTL8273BS wireless module, and SWAPNET NS892407 Gigabit Ethernet transformer, so Gigabit Ethernet is used on the device, and not a slower Fast Ethernet connection. The board appears to be made by a company called CHIPHD, and listed as F6 model on their website.

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There’s not that much to see on the USB / button / audio board, mostly connectors.

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The serial board feature a  MAX232 chip for TTL conversion to RS232 signaling.

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Finally, GOODIX GT911 5-point capacitive touch controller is featured on the tiny board taking care of the touchscreen. The chip is also supported in Linux, so it should be feasible to run Linux with touchscreen enabled if you wish to do so.

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I’d like to thank GOLE which kindly sent a review sample. If you’re interested in the mini PC tablet you may contact the company via the product page. For reference, the mini PC is also called T9 on GoleChina website as an industrial tablet/mini PC. [Update: GOLE 10 can be purchased for $148.99 on GearBest with coupon GBG10]

Meet the First Windows 10 Arm “Always Connected PCs” – HP Envy x2 (2017) and ASUS NovaGo TP370

December 6th, 2017 30 comments

Qualcomm and Microsoft showcased some Snapdragon 835 based Windows 10 “Mobile PCs” at Computex 2017 last June, and while the press was allowed film the demo, the device could only be operated by a Qualcomm employee.

But both companies and their partners have made progress, and at the Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm announced “Always Connected PCs” which will run Windows 10, be always on and always connected at Gigabit LTE speeds, and support all-day battery life while keeping thin and fanless designs. all while incorporating Windows 10. HP and ASUS unveiled their very own “Always Connected PCs”, respectively Envy X2 and Novago TP370. What I used to call laptop or in this case 2-in-1 hybrid (laptop) is now apparently called “Always Connected PC”, but in any case let’s have a closer look at both devices.

HP Envy x2 (2017)


  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Processor @ 2.6GHz with Adreno 540 GPU @ 710MHz
  • System memory – Up to 8GB RAM
  • Storage – Up to 256GB UFS 2.0 storage, micro SD card reader
  • Display – 12.3″ WUXGA+ (1920 x 1280) touch display
  • Audio – 1x combo audio jack; dual speaker; microphone array with Cortana voice-recognition support
  • Backlit Keyboard and touchpad
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi – 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ac
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem (Gigabit LTE with DL: 1Gbps, UL: 150Mbps; 4×4 MIMO); 1x SIM card reader
  • Camera – 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
  • USB – 1x USB-C port
  • Misc – Volume buttons
  • Battery – Good for up to 20 hours of local video playback, over 700 hours of connected standby
  • Dimensions –  6.9 mm thick
  • Weight – 1.21 kg

ASUS Novago TP370

NovaGo-TP370QL specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Processor @ 2.6GHz with Adreno 540 GPU @ 710MHz
  • System memory – 4GB / 6GB / 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR4x (soldered)
  • Storage – 64GB / 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.0 storage, micro SD card slot up to 256 GB
  • Display – 13.3” LED-backlit Full HD (1920x 1080) display
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio – 1x audio jack; dual speaker; smart amplifier; microphone array with Cortana voice-recognition support
  • Backlit keyboard and PTP touchpad
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi – 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ac (2×2 MIMO)
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem (Gigabit LTE with DL: 1Gbps, UL: 150Mbps; 4×4 MIMO); 1x Combo Nano SIM (tray with needle)
  • Camera – 1280×720 HD camera
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports
  • Sensors – Fingerprint sensor
  • Battery – 52 Wh lithium-polymer battery good for up to 22 hours battery life, over 30 days of modern standby
  • Dimensions – 31.6 x 22.1 x 1.49 cm
  • Weight – 1.39 kg

The 2-in-1 laptop always connected PC will run Windows 10 S by default, but a recommended free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro will be offered. More details may be found on the product page. Windows 10 S only allows the installation of apps in Windows Store, and Microsoft own Edge browser (no Firefox, no Chrome), so most people will likely upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, especially if it is free, and this is probably a condition imposed by Microsoft.

ASUS NovaGo is expected to be available early next year, while the HP Envy x2 is planned for Spring 2018. I could not find pricing on the official page, but Liliputing reports an “entry-level model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage should sell for about $599, while an 8GB/256GB model will run $799”.

You’ll find various hands-on video for the Envy x2 (2017) model online, including the one from Engadget embedded below.

Onda V18 Pro 10.1″ Tablet Features Allwinner A63 Processor, a 2K “Retina” Display

December 1st, 2017 9 comments

Tablets are not quite as popular as they used to be, but there’s still a market. Allwinner A63 “2K” tablet processor was unveiled right at the start of summer 2017, but so far I had not seen any products based on the processor.

Finally, at least on tablet based on Allwinner A63 has been launched thanks to Onda V18 Pro tablet equipped with a 10.1″ 2560×1600 display, 3GB RAM, and 32 to 64 GB internal storage.Onda V18 Pro tablet specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A63 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.8 GHz with Mali-T760MP2 GPU with OpenGL ES 3.2 support
  • System Memory – 3GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 32 or 64GB eMMC flash, micro SD slot up to 256 GB
  • Display – 10.1″ capacitive touchscreen IPS display with 2560×1600 (WQXGA) resolution
  • Video – 4K/6K VP9, H.265, and H.264 4K @ 30fps video decoder; Smartcolor 3.0 “video quality enhancement engine”
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and GPS
  • Camera – 2.0MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear facing camera
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speaker, microphone
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Sensor – Gravity
  • Battery – 7,000 mAh / 3.7V battery
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 25.20 x 16.50 x 0.93 cm
  •  Weight – 567 grams

Note that depending on which shop we look at the specifications are a little different (e.g. 802.11 ac vs 802.11n). The tablet runs Android 7.1, and ships with a power Adapter, and a user manual.

The 32GB version of Onda V18 Pro sells for $159.99 plus shipping on Aliexpress, but while the 64GB version is listed it can not be purchased on that stora. GeekBuying however offers both versions of the tablet for respectively $180.99 (32GB) and $200.99 (64GB) shipped.


Huawei Honor WaterPlay is a Waterproof IP67 Tablet with Kirin 659 SoC

October 12th, 2017 4 comments

It’s quite easy to find smartphone with some level of dust and waterproofness, with many premium smartphone coming with IP67 or IP68 ingress protection rating, and if you search for IP67 / IP68 smartphones on Aliexpress, you’ll get a long list.

Now replace smartphone by tablet, you’ll get a much shorter list, and most are rugged tablets. Huawei has just unveiled Honor Waterplay, that looks more like a normal tablet, and as it’s named implied is waterproof with an IP67 rating.

Huawei Honor WaterPlay “HDN-W09 (WiFi)”  & “HDN-L09 (LTE)” tablets specifications:

  • SoC – Hisilicon/Huawei Kirin 659 octa-core  processor with 4x ARM Cortex A53 @ up to 2.36 GHz, 4x Cortex A53 @ up to 1.7 GHz, ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU @ 900 MHz
  • System Memory + Storage
    • HDN-W09 – 3 to 4GB LPDDR3 + 32 to 64 GB eMMC 5.1 flash, micro SD slot up to 256GB
    • HDN-L09 – 4GB LPDDR3 + 64 GB eMMC 5.1 flash, micro SD slot up to 256GB
  • Display – 10.1″ touch screen IPS display with 1920×1200 resolution
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, speaker, microphone
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, GPS
  • Cellular Connectivity (HDN-L09 only)
    • 3G(TD-SCDMA)/3G(WCDMA)/ 3G(CDMA)
    • 2G(CDMA)
    • Nano SIM card slot
  • Camera – 8MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera with auto focus
  • USB – 1x USB type C port
  • Sensors – Gyro, compass, gravity sensor
  • Battery – 6,660 mAh (typ.)
  • Power Supply – 9V/2A
  • Dimensions – 248 x 173 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight – 465 grams
  • IP Rating – IP67

The tablet runs Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 user interface.

Huawei Honor Waterplay has WiFi and LTE models. but there are three variants available with the phone being launched in China:

  • 3GB RAM, 32GB flash, WiFi for CNY 1,999 (~$303)
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, WiFi for CNY 2,399 (~$363)
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, LTE for CNY 2,699 (~$409).

Pre-orders started on Vmall, with the official launch slated for October 24. I’m pretty sure it will soon show up on Aliexpress, GearBest, and other Chinese online store for gloval availability.

Via Liliputing and Myfixguide