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Cube launches Talk 8H 3G tablet in China

Are you in China and would you happen to be in the market for an inexpensive (read: really inexpensive) new tablet? If so, and if Android is your thing, you might just want to consider this new device from the Chinese firm Cube. Read on to find out more about the Talk 8H “voice tablet”!

Cube Talk 8H 3G Android tablet PC
image via pbhz.com

Race to the bottom

The race to push out ever less expensive tablets is accelerating – brought on, perhaps, by the fact that Microsoft and its hardware partners have joined the fray and Google and its own partners may be beginning to feel threatened as a result –and so we have products such as this one. While spec-wise it’s no great shakes, for the segment in which it competes, it’s far from chopped liver.

The Cube Talk 8H has, as its name suggests, an 8 inch IPS display that boasts 1280 x 800 resolution. Said display stands out, at least on paper, despite its run of the mill stats – it’s enhanced by this technology called PLS, which, according to Cube, boosts image clarity even at extreme angles.

Processing power is provided by the familiar quad core MediaTek MT8382 processor – in this instance, clocked at 1.3 GHz –and it’s also got 3G connectivity, making it possible for users to make phone calls using it. (Consumers in Asia really make a beeline for phablets or big-screen devices that incorporate voice-calling functions, so it’s no surprise that the Talk 8H has this feature.) We also suspect this device may have FM radio compatibility.

Storage space is at a minimum, being all of 8 GB; we’re unsure as to whether a memory card slot is provided to allow users to bolster it. If you’re a photo or video buff, you’ll be happy to hear that you also get two photo cameras, although our source wasn’t able to provide any specifications. Neither is the strength of the battery discussed.

Lastly, while we’re unsure as to what colors are available, we know of at least two: yellow and white.

Well, how much?

If you’re in China and in the market for an inexpensive, multifeatured Android slate, you might as well check the Cube Talk 8H out. Brand spanking new, it costs just the equivalent of $65 – a bargain if there ever was one!

source [PBHZ]

via [Tablet News]

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Archos readying another slew of slates: 70 Copper and 101 Copper

Of late, Archos has been notoriously bringing low cost – and sometimes woefully underwhelming – tablet PCs. They’ve brought us the likes of the Neon, Platinum, and Titanium lines, along with niche slates like the ChefPad and the GamePad. This time, the French consumer electronics company is reportedly getting ready to release another metal themed line of slates, the Archos 70 Copper and 101 Copper.

Let’s start with the smaller brother. Archos 70 Copper Android Tablet PC Archos 70 Copper

According to tech site ArcTablet, this baby is actually a rebranded slate from a Chinese white box tablet maker. Archos has been doing that for some time and some tablet makers, like HP, has started doing the same.

Anyway, as the name suggests, the 70 Copper sports a 7-inch TN display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The rest of the specs aren’t breathtaking either – 1.3 GHz MediaTek MTK8312 dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM (!!!), and 4 GB of internal storage. Thankfully, you can add to that using the unit’s microSD card slot.

Other features include dual-sim card support (which we’re sure at least some people would want on a tablet), a 2800 mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 2 MP main camera and a VGA front facing shooter, and a micro USB 2.0 port. It also packs GPS and 3G connectivity.

Archos 101 Copper

We’re sorry to report that while the bigger model is better, it’s only slightly so. The 101 Copper features a 10.1-inch TN screen with the same screen res as its smaller brother. The processor is different – a dual-core MediaTek MTK6572 – but clocks in at the same speed, 1.3 GHz. The rest of the specs are pretty identical to the 70 Copper, except for the 101’s bigger 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Both will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, so at least, yay for that.

Pricing and availability

And another yay for pricing, too. According to our source, the Archos 70 Copper will retail for €89.99, while the 101 may set you back €149.99. Not too bad, though you won’t have trouble finding a better deal elsewhere if you know where to look.

Anyway, if you’re interested in picking up one of these babies, they should arrive in stores soon. We’ll keep an eye out for a definite release date so be sure to stay tuned.

via [ArcTablet]

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New Ramos K100 features octa-core and 3G voice capabilities

The last time we heard from Chinese tablet manufacturer Ramos, we talked about their then newly released dual boot tablet. Well, this time around we’ll be taking a closer look at their 10.1-inch Ramos K100 tablet that is reportedly armed with an octa-core processor and 3G data and voice capabilities. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Ramos K100 Android Tablet PC

Ramos K100 – Octa-core, Android, and more

Let’s talk about that octa-core goodness first. This tablet PC features a zippy 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 ARM Cortex-A7 8-core processor coupled with a Mali-450 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Connectivity-wise, the Ramos K100 has you covered for pretty much everything (except LTE) – WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G. It features support for China’s Unicorn HSPA+ too, though note that that probably won’t work very well with other networks in other countries.

The rest of the details haven’t been released, so we’ll have to wait for a more detailed spec sheet to know more. According to reports though, other features include a microUSB port, a 7,500 mAh battery, and a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display. At the moment, we only know that this will run with an Android operating system, only we don’t know specifically which version as of yet.

When? And how much?

Another thing we don’t have official word about is pricing and availability. Knowing Ramos though, this will probably be quite affordable. Some sources indicate that the Ramos K100 may debut for less than US $250. We’re not sure if this tablet PC will ever officially land on this side of the pond, but we’re confident that you’ll be able to get one from e-commerce sites like AliExpress if you ever find yourself wanting one that badly.

At any rate, the Ramos K100 looks like a decent choice. Video junkies will be able to appreciate its full HD screen, while mobile warriors (who don’t mind being seen using a giant phone for calls) would like the added connectivity that it offers. We’re not sure how this will perform in the real world – unless of course we get to paw one for ourselves – but eight Cortex-A7 cores each pumping out 1.7 GHz doesn’t sound at all like a bad deal.

via [Liliputing and TheGadgetsFreak]

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Pipo T9 hits the shelves

A couple of months back, we told you about the Pipo T9, the “true octa-core” powered 8.9-inch slate. We discussed the MediaTek chip behind it, but not the stuff under the hood and its features. Good thing that it has hit the shelves and thus its complete spec sheet has also become available. Read on to know more about this Android tablet PC.

Pipo T9 Android Tablet PC

Pipo T9 – Specs and Features

As previously reported, the T9 does indeed feature an 8.9-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution at 254 pixels per inch. It packs a 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6592 ARM Cortex-A7 octa-core processor, a Mali-450 graphics processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of onboard storage space. The rest of the specs are pretty standard – WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and WCDMA/GSM capabilities, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 13 MP main camera with LED flash and auto-focus. It also features a mini HDMI output port, a micro USB port, a microSD card slot, and a 7300 mAh battery. According to the spec sheet, this baby can go for up to 8 hours on a single charge.

We had hoped that it would come with Google’s latest KitKat OS, but reports indicat that the Pipo T9 comes out of the box with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Pricing and Availability

You can get a Pipo T9 from AliExpress and other online stores for around US $250. Overall, it’s a pretty decent tablet PC for its price and performance.

Acer’s recently leaked Iconia A1-840 FHD is comparable to the Pipo in terms of screen resolution and memory size. No octa-core there, but you’ll be getting a fairly new Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, albeit with no hyper-threading. You will also be getting Android 4.4 KitKat from the get go. Other slates in the budget bin fall behind the Pipo T9’s specs, but are much cheaper. There’s the Hisense Sero 8, which was made available for pre-order for £90, that’s around US $150. There’s also the Lenovo A8, which will reportedly retail for £139.99, around US $336.

If you want something with more power though, then be prepared to shell out more money — Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 costs US $400.

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MediaTek is top chip supplier to obscure Chinese tablet firms

Taiwanese chip producer MediaTek, based in Hsinchu, is now the biggest supplier of chips to “white-box” or little-known Chinese tablet firms.

This was one of the revelations derived from data from the Topology Research Institute, as relayed to us and other media outlets by Focus Taiwan.

Mediatek

Numbers don’t lie

Focus Taiwan says that MediaTek’s share of the Chinese market is growing at an extremely rapid clip, thanks to the low cost and high performance of its chips. From holding just 1.8 percent of the market in 2012, last year MediaTek accounted for a whopping 29.5 percent of the Chinese white-box market for tablet chips.

By comparison, two other top Chinese chip developers, Rockchip Electronics Co. and Allwinner Technology Co., are now the second- and third-largest chip designers respectively. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Rockchip Electronics accounted for 22.1 percent of the market, while Allwinner Technology’s share amounted to 20.6 percent. (American chipmakers Nvidia and Qualcomm are very far behind, amounting only to 3.2 percent and 2.1 percent respectively.)

What’s at the root of MediaTek’s success? According to Topology researcher Michael Zuo, who was quoted by Focus Taiwan in its article, one cornerstone of its success is its utilization of integrated solutions that can help shrink the time needed to develop white-box tablets to just three months – a very far cry from the industry average of more than six months.

Another factor is the almost eye-wideningly low price of most of these nearly anonymous products. Many of these tablets sell for just 200-400 Chinese yuan or about $35-$70 – only about a fifth of the big brands’ tablets, which can go for as much as $32-$64

No scoffing, please

It must be added that despite their lack of brand recognition, said white-box manufacturers still manage to account for a sizable chunk of one of the most vibrant markets in the world for tech products. Topology determined that 100 million of these tablets were shipped to retailers in China this year, up from 80 million in 2013 and 60 million in 2012.

With MediaTek firmly ensconced atop that particular heap – at least for now – the future looks bright for the Taiwanese firm.

[Source: Focus Taiwan]

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Lenovo Tab A-Series – New budget-friendly tablet line-up

So Samsung’s not the only one with a new line of budget slates. The new Lenovo Tab A-Series is the Chinese tablet maker’s update to their entry level line-up. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Lenovo Tab A8 Android Tablet PC

Lenovo Tab A-Series – 4 new tablet PCs

This may cause a little déjà vu, but Lenovo’s budget line also features slates in the 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch size divisions. All models in the Lenovo Tab A-Series have unapologetically low end specs, but we have to admit that each one is geared toward certain niches.

A7-30. This little baby features a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and packs a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8382 quad-core CPU. Other features include 2 cameras (a front facing VGA one, and a 2 MP rear shooter, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3,500 mAh battery. It will come in variants with SIM card support.

A7-50. This is pretty much like the A7-30, except it has a “wide-view HD display”.

A8. This is the 8-inch model in the bunch. It features slightly better specs with an IPS display with a higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, a 2 MP front facing camera, a 5 MP rear facing camera, and a bigger 4,200 mAh battery.

A10. The biggest slate in the bunch, the Tab A10 has the same 1280 x 800 pixel resolution as the A8. It has the same 2 MP front facing camera and 5 MP rear facing camera, but it has a bigger 6,340 mAh battery. It has the standard WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, plus optional 3G.

According to the press release, the Tab A7-30 is made for music lovers, while the Tab A7-50 is made for those who like to read on their slates. The A8 is marketed toward “home entertainment on the move” – you know, all those tablet-y stuff: playing games, surfing the net, watching videos, and listening to music. Lastly, the A10 is made for movie lovers. Software-wise, we’re not sure what version of Android will feature in these slates.

Pricing and Availability

According to reports, the Lenovo Tab A-Series will hit the stores in the second quarter of this year. Like Samsung’s new line up, these babies are geared toward the budget-conscious and are thus priced accordingly. The A7-50, A8, and A10 will start at £99.99, £139.99, and £169.99, respectively. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement regarding the US pricing, so stay tuned for that.

via [ Liliputing and Android Central ]

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3 Awesome Tablet Developments You May Have Missed

Technology has always moved at such a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ pace that sometimes we feel that something had been sprung upon us while we were napping under rocks. Since the tablet space, or better yet the mobile space, had been enjoying something of a golden age these past couple of years, this tends to happen a lot. Here’s a round-up of tablet developments you may have missed in the recent months.

Windows Embedded 8 Handheld

About a dozen posts back, we talked about Panasonic’s phone-sized ToughPad, the FZ-E1. Apart from being made to withstand higher than normal abuse – drops from a height, dives into 1.5 meter deep water – this baby packs a Windows Embedded 8 Handheld operating system.

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1

What is this sorcery?

Gone are the days when devices for enterprise use just allow for sending emails or reading documents – and gone are the days too when enterprise equates to Blackberry, but that’s another story all together. These days, businesses need a platform that offers Point-of-Sale (POS), and inventory management, among other things. Devices with this OS are equipped to handle such things and therefore pack features like barcode and magnetic stripe readers.

Okay, so this doesn’t really affect you too much as say, Windows Phone 8.1, but it does look promising. Can you imagine a future-world where you don’t have to queue at the cashier to pay for your purchase? All you’d need to do is locate a store employee, pay, and be on your merry way.

source [ PocketNow ]

Everything-in-One and Dual-Boot

The only real way we can explain the rise of do-it-all devices, convertibles, and dual-boot slates is that manufacturers are trying to cure option paralysis. That or they take into account all of those comments. You know, the ones that go, “I would totally buy this if it came with an active digitizer/a keyboard accessory/a cup holder” or “This would be better if it had Windows 8.1/Android 4.4 KitKat/some other Linux distro.”

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 Windows and Android hybrid Tablet PC

A lot of these are already on the market, including the Asus Transformer Book Trio, while others are still on the drawing board like the Toshiba 5-in-1 concept PC.

The Asus Transformer Book Duet, slated for release in May, mixes up Windows and Android operating systems with convertible capabilities. The question on our mind is, ‘Will these jack-of-all-trades devices prove to be masters of none?’

True Octa-Core

So MediaTek has finally released their new chip, the MT6592, and they’re calling it the “true octa-core”. It has actually made its way to a few tablets and phones. How is this different from other octa-cores like the Samsung Exynos Octa? Well, instead of having four main cores and four auxiliary cores, the MT6592 has 8 main cores.

What is this sorcery?

The MT6592 crams 8 low-power ARM Cortex-A7 cores into a neat package that allows all eight cores to work at the same time. We’ll allow the graphic to explain the rest:

MediaTek Octa-Core Processor

Of course, whether or not MediaTek’s chip works better than say Qualcomm’s or Samsung’s chips is arguable – since you know, the latter options have the luxury of being associated with higher end devices. If anything, this development can prove awesome for the low and mid-range devices. Can you imagine a US $200 tablet with octa-core? That would probably fly off the shelves, but since we don’t know how much this will potentially cost manufacturers, we’ll file it under “Wishful Thinking”, at least for now.

Read more: [ Engadget ]

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Pipo T9 – Octa-Core Android tablet PC

Yes, you read that right. The Pipo T9 is packing a true octa-core processor. Of course, you have probably heard of Exynos octa-core processors in Samsung’s phones and tablets PCs, so how is that different from a ‘true’ octa-core? Read on to know more.

Pipo T9 Tablet PC packs MediaTek octa-core

Pipo T9 packs a ‘true’ octa-core chip

First, the explanation. The Samsung Exynos Octa, even the latest 5422 chip, packs 2 quad-core processors. It has a 2.1 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor that does the heavy lifting and a 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor that does the lighter, background stuff. The Pipo T9, on the other hand, packs a MediaTek MT6592 CPU, which has 8 ARM Cortex-A7 cores that work at the same time. It clocks in at a zippy 2.0 GHz and it features a quad-core Mali-450 MP4 graphics processor.

According to reports, the Pipo T9 will have a full HD 8.9-inch IPS display that maxes out at a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. If you’re counting pixels, that sums up to 254 pixels per inch. The rest of the specs are still quite vague, though some reports suggest that the T9 may have a 5 MP front facing camera and a 13 MP rear shooter with LED flash. It’s expected to come with an Android operating system – hopefully with the latest version 4.4 KitKat.

In the aesthetics department, the Pipo T9 looks quite like a phablet, though we have to admit that the brushed aluminum looks quite sexy.

Pricing and Availability

The Chinese manufacturer has yet to announce a definite launch date and a price tag, so we will have to wait for further news regarding that. What’s interesting is that the Pipo T9 is far from being your typical white box tablet – at least on paper. It’s also important to point out that this baby looks better than anything we’ve seen from other manufacturers in a long time (Yes, I’m looking at you, Archos). We will leave the question of how the chip performs on benchmarkers, but we’re interested to know how it does in real world conditions.

Hopefully, we see more devices armed with MediaTek’s new true octa-core in the next few months. Anyway, what would Samsung do next? Or better yet, what would Qualcomm do?

via [ 1Pad.cn ]

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Iconia B1-720 – Acer’s $130 Android tablet

Acer’s filling up the gaps with the Iconia B1-720, at least in terms of the under US $150 price range. This new baby’s set to go at some fierce competition in the budget tablet PC division. Let’s see how Acer’s new entry level slate compares, shall we?

Acer Iconia B1-720 Android Tablet PC

Iconia B1-720 – Acer’s new budget tablet

Considering its $130 price tag, we’re really not expecting much from the 7-inch B1-720. It’s the successor to the Iconia B1-A71 and features upgrades (albeit minor) from last year’s model. The B1-720 has a 1.3 GHz dual-core (MediaTek MT8111) CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of built-in storage space. Other features include a single front-facing camera, front-facing speakers, and a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of extra storage. According to reports, the tablet can go up to 5 hours on a charge. The 7-inch screen has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, which is a little disappointing. Out of the box, the Iconia B1-720 comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean – the operating system of choice, it seems, for budget tablets.

For the sake of comparison, last year’s B1-A71 only had a 1.2 GHz MediaTek dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and the same 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.

Pricing and Availability

Acer showed off the Iconia B1-720 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, announcing the aforementioned US $130 price tag. They have also made it known that we’ll be seeing the new B1 on shelves as soon as mid-January.

We can’t help but wonder though, how does this fare against other budget tablets out there? Comparable ‘under $150’ tablets include the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ($130), the Nook HD ($130), and the Hisense Sero 7 Pro ($149). The Memo Pad HD 7 has comparable specs, though it has 2 cameras, a higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and a better 10-hour battery life. The Nook HD, on the other hand, has a better 1440 x 900 display and a dual-core 1.3 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. The Hisense Sero 7 Pro offers quite a bang for $20 extra – a quad-core 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor, a better 1280 x 800 display, 2 cameras, and other additional features.

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JXD S5800, the Android game phone

Okay, we have covered a few Android gaming devices from this Chinese manufacturer before (here and here), but this is the first I’ve seen the words “game phone” since the bitter disappointment that was the Nokia N-Gage. But let’s not get into that. The JXD S5800 is a 5-inch Android device that looks a lot like the Sony PlayStation Portable, except it can make calls. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

JXD S5800 Android Game Phone
Image via Liliputing.com

JXD S5800 = Android + Gaming Device + Phone

This Android gaming device sports an IPS display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, which isn’t that bad considering the 5-inch screen real estate. Under the hood, it has a MediaTek MTK6582 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor which, according to some tech sites, clocks in at 1.3 GHz. The slate also has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of extra space. It features 2G and 3G GSM and WCDMA, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and 2 cameras (0.3 MP front and 5 MP rear). A 3000 mAh battery provides the juice for everything.

Software-wise, the JXD S5800 will come out of the box with an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. If you’re a retro gamer, you will appreciate that the device supports emulators of 16 game systems. This means that you can play games made for the original PlayStation, the PSP, Nintendo 64, and GameBoy Advance, among other retro game handhelds and consoles.

Like the other gaming devices on JXD’s product list, the S5800 sports a D-pad, control buttons, analog sticks and shoulder buttons.

Additional Notes

We aren’t sure when we’ll see the JXD S5800 in action, but a lot of people are hoping that the button mapping system has been improved. General build quality and battery life are two of the most common complaints about JXD devices and so we’re hoping that those two have been improved as well. We will have to wait for further announcements to know when this will become available and for how much.

In the meantime, you may want to check other Android gaming tablets like the Wikipad and the Archos Gamepad 2.

via [ Liliputing ]

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