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Pipo Work W4 – Another low cost slate for Chinese market

Of late, we’ve been seeing cheaper and cheaper Windows 8 slates, and well, Chinese manufacturers like Pipo have really been pushing the envelope lower and lower. That of course, has been the plan all along for Microsoft and its partners, lower prices and more devices mean more exposure after all. This time, we’re taking a closer look at the Pipo Work W4 which will cost US $81 once it hits the shelves.

Pipo Work W4 Windows 8 tablet PC
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Pipo Work W4 – Affordable productivity tablet PC

As its name suggests, this baby will be geared toward productivity. Like most uber affordable Windows slates, the Work W4 features an 8-inch display. In this case it’s an IPS panel that can produce a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core (Bay Trail) processor, coupled with 1 GB of RAM. You may need some extra storage especially if you’re a file packrat or apps crazy, since this slate only sports 16 GB of internal storage. It likely will have a microSD card slot, however. Other features include a 0.3 MP webcam, a 2 MP rear shooter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery.

 

By this time, you may have found yourself wondering about the mini Windows 8 tablet deluge, the reason is simple enough. Microsoft has been giving away its operating system for free to manufacturers – that is, it’s free if they put it in a tablet with a small display (9 inches and below). It seems like that incentive is paying off, don’t you think?

 

Admittedly, affordable Windows 8 slates like the Pipo Work W4 don’t offer much in the specs department, but then again, if you just need something to check spreadsheets or edit work documents while on the commute, a sub-100 dollar price tag seems very tempting.

So where do I sign up?

Well, if you’re in China, then you’re in luck. The Pipo Work W4 will hit the shelves there soon enough, we don’t know when exactly though. If you’re outside of China, worry not. We’re pretty sure that this Windows slate, like other Chinese-made tablet PCs, will be available from online retailers and such.

via [Liliputing]

source [MikeCaneX]

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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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PiPo tablet line with Rockchip RK3288 CPUs coming up

Chinese tablet maker PiPo is reportedly cooking up a new tablet PC line armed with Rockchip’s newest CPU, the RK3288. The new line is slated to be introduced at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair in April, and though the rest of the details are still a little vague, let’s check out what we can expect, shall we?

PiPo tablet PC with Rockchip RK3288

Rockchip’s RK3288 CPU

So what do we know about Rockchip’s brand spanking new chip? Well, it is a quad-core processor based on the ARM Cortex-A17 architecture. It clocks in at 1.8 GHz, and packs a Mali T-764 graphics processing unit that can reportedly support OpenGL ES3.0, OpenCL1.1 and DirectX11. It has H.265 hardware decoding with a 4K x 2K video decoder.

Impressive, is it not? We have to admit, it is not quite as impressive as higher end CPUs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon, Intel Bay Trail-T, and Nvidia Tegra 4, but this wasn’t exactly designed to go up against those heavyweights. Instead, it’s made to feature in mid-range devices like PiPo’s new slates. Also, the RK3288 is quite an improvement from Rockchip’s last gen RK3188, as it reportedly is 50% zippier than the latter.

PiPo’s new line of tablet PCs

According to gadget site Liliputing, PiPo is planning three tablet PCs with the new chip. The new line will feature 8.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.1-inch slates. The 8.9-inch and 9.7-inch tablet PCs are expected to have 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution displays, while the 10.1-inch slate will have a higher 2560 x 1600 with support for 4K video playback. As mentioned above, details about the new line are still quite vague. The rest of the technical specifications and features are expected to be made official in April.

Additional notes

So what else can we expect? Considering Rockchip’s popularity with Chinese manufacturers, the Rockchip RK3288 is expected to feature in more tablet PCs in the future and we may see them in the HK Electronics Fair too. What do you think? It certainly looks promising, at least on paper. We will have to see the RK3288 in the flesh to judge how it performs in real life conditions. But judging from the promised specs on these, we have to say, the future looks bright for low cost tablet PCs.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled on PiPo’s new line and other tablets that may feature Rockchip’s CPU so stay tuned.

via [ Tablet-News ]

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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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