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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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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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