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Firstview S1162 – Android convertible notebook

Tech site ARMDevices.net visited the offices of Shenzhen-based consumer electronics company, Firstview who showed off one of their newest products, a tablet called Firstview S1162. What’s so interesting about it? The S1162 is an 11.6-inch convertible notebook that looks, as Liliputing pointed out, suspiciously like Lenovo’s Yoga 2. Check it out.

Firstview S1162 Android notebook convertible

Firstview S1162 – Rockchip-powered convertible Android notebook

We’ve seen a whole lot of lookalikes – and fine, straight up rip-offs – in the past couple of years covering the tablet PC space and though some are outright knockoffs, others are simply twins aesthetics-wise. In the case of the latter, don’t they say that imitation is the best form of flattery? It looks like this may be the case with the S1162, as its similarities with the Yoga seem to be only skin deep (or in this case, plastic panel deep). Interestingly though, if you take a closer look at it, the slate has a Windows logo just under the screen – despite being an Android device. That curious bit makes it all the more similar to the Yoga 2, which actually runs a Windows 8.1 operating system.

Lenovo Yoga 2 13 - Windows Tablet Convertible
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Moving on, the Firstview S1162 sports an 11.6-inch display which maxes out at a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it features a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage space. The other features are pretty standard: WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, an SD card slot, 3 USB ports, a mini HDMI port, and a 2 MP webcam. According to ARMDevices.net, the slate’s 7000 mAh battery can provide up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.

Like the Lenovo Yoga tablet PCs, the Firstview S1162 features a notebook mode, a stand mode (where the display is folded halfway), and a tablet mode (where the screen is folded into the keyboard).

Software-wise, it will reportedly ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and will come with some productivity apps preinstalled.

If you want to check it out further, then we suggest you watch the video below.

Pricing and availability

According to Firstview, the unit will be available soon – actually, the company is currently on the lookout for interested distributors. The Firstview S1162 will retail for around $199, which is quite competitive especially compared with the Lenovo’s Yoga line.

via [Liliputing]

source [ARMDevices.net]

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Hisense Sero 8 budget Android tablet – now available in the USA

Ever heard of Hisense – the Qingdao-based electronics manufacturer? Well, if you haven’t yet, then maybe you will soon enough. This Chinese firm’s introduced its second inexpensive Android tablet in the USA, the Sero 8, and we hear units can be had already – albeit in rather limited quantities and not everywhere just yet.

Hold on just one second, though. Hisense isn’t a household name in tablets in the vein of Apple or even Samsung (it’s massive in TVs though – it was just named the 4th largest TV brand worldwide a couple days ago, but small fry in tablets). That said, previous efforts have made something of a splash: the Sero 7 Pro, a 7-inch budget tablet, has been on sale for about a year or so now at Walmart for just US $129 MSRP, and has been praised for its “unbeatable price and solid feature set” by the likes of PCMag’s Eugene Kim. So, no, the Sero 8 might not be just another El Cheapo tablet, but might actually represent solid value for money if it’s anything like the Sero 7 Pro.

Now that we’ve gotten that off our chest, it’s time for a closer look at this baby.

Hisense Sero 8 Android Tablet PC

Specs-wise: no stunner, but serviceable

The Hisense Sero 8 doesn’t feature awesome specs, but what it’s got is more than good enough to go by, especially at this price range.

Its 8-inch IPS display boasts 1280×800 resolution and 5-point multitouch – similar to the first-gen Nexus 7. It’s a bit far off from the likes of the current Nexus 7, which now boasts a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. But that said the original Nexus was hardly something to sneeze at screen-wise, so at least in terms of resolution the Sero 8 isn’t chopped liver.

The Sero 8 boasts a quad-core processor – a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188T quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor to be exact. Again nothing that in and of itself would get one to sit up and take notice, but certainly not at all unwelcome given the other units it competes against. In terms of storage it only has 16GB, but prospective owners will be pleased to know that this is expandable via a microSD card slot.

How big and heavy? The exact dimensions are 8.2” x 7.6” x 0.4”, and the unit weighs only a bit less than a pound. Does it have cameras? Yes, but they’re none too powerful – a 2MP rear unit and a 0.3MP front-facing snapper. The battery’s a 4000mAh affair, by the way.

Pricing and availability

There doesn’t seem to be an official announcement out from Hisense regarding the Hisense Sero 8’s price. It ranges from US $120-$140 as of the moment (based on posts on Craigslist and Ebay). In the UK, the official price is £90, which means that it may be sold for about $150 in the States when it does become available . As to where… An unconfirmed report says that it’s available in at least one Walmart branch. But stay stuck, we’ll get you those details as soon as we can.

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Hisense Sero 8 – Android on a budget

Remember the Sero 7 tablets that were released last year? Well, Hisense is adding another tablet to the line, the Hisense Sero 8. As the name suggests, it will be sporting an 8-inch display, and like the previous slates in the line, will come with an affordable price tag. Check it out!

Hisense Sero 8 Android Tablet PC

Hisense Sero 8 – Slightly bigger, budget slate

So what does this slightly bigger slate have to offer? Well, its 8-inch IPS display maxes out at 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and supports 5-point multi-touch. The rest of the specs are modest compared to other 8-inchers out there, but are pretty decent for a budget offering. The Hisense Sero 8 features a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188T quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Other features include 2 cameras (a VGA front camera and a 2 MP rear shooter), WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD card slot, and a 4000 mAh battery.

Though the hardware is a little mediocre, software-wise, this tablet PC will reportedly ship with Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat.

Pricing and Availability

The Hisense Sero 8 is now available for pre-order in the UK for £90 – which is around US $150. We’re not sure when this will land on US shores, but it should be pretty soon.

So. What do you think? The specs and features are pretty sparse. Considering the price point though, we’re not really that surprised. We do hope Hisense releases a Pro version of this though, like last year’s Sero 7 Pro. That is a real winner, isn’t it? Or at least it was when it first hit the shelves last year. It packed an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and better cameras compared to the Sero 8, a 2 MP front-facing camera and a 5 MP rear camera. It debuted with a US $150 price tag, which was a real dealmaker considering the little powerhouse had Nexus 7 (2013)-ish tech specs.

At any rate, the Sero 8 seems like a good tablet for penny-pinchers out there. It won’t cost an arm and a leg, but you won’t be able to expect any heavy lifting out of this tablet PC.

via [ The Digital Reader ]

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Snakebyte Vyper gaming device-slash-media center

We’ve seen Android-driven gaming devices before (read: Wikipad, GamePad, various JXD devices), though there’s one that aims to do it all: the Snakebyte Vyper. It’s a three-in-one device. How so? Read on to know more about it below.

Snakebyte Vyper: The 3-in-one device

This baby is from Sunflex, and on paper, it’s pretty impressive. It has a 7-inch display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it packs a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor coupled with a Mali-400 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It has a microSD card slot that supports up to 64 GB, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 5 MP rear shooter. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

What really makes this slate stand out is its accessories.

TV dock. As the name suggests, this allows you to hook up the slate to your TV for a bigger screen gaming experience. If you pop the tablet into the dock, you can choose to view your games on the big screen and your tablet, or just on the TV screen. Of course, you can also take advantage of the bigger screen real estate when you watch videos, play music, and browse the net.

AirMouse. This device looks more like a remote control than anything else, though it does have a keyboard too. The AirMouse works just like the Wiimote, meaning you can use it to control a cursor on the screen. It lets you control content playback – like a regular remote – as well as input text on the screen.

Bluetooth controller. Like any game controller, this accessory packs the necessary buttons, analog sticks, and D-pad. According to reports, the Snakebyte Vyper will let you connect up to 8 controllers to one tablet for multiplayer goodness.

Pricing and Availability

The Snakebyte Vyper is already available in stores. The Media bundle includes slate together with the TV dock and the AirMouse and costs US $200. The Gaming bundle includes all three plus a Bluetooth controller and costs US $250.

So what do you think? You can get an Nvidia Shield for roughly the same price as the Vyper, and in a straight out comparison though, the Shield wins since that packs a powerhouse Nvidia Tegra 4 and a 72-core GeForce GPU.

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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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Toshiba Excite 7: Budget Android Tablet PC

Known in Japan as the Regza, the Toshiba Excite 7 is your typical entry-level Android tablet PC – humble specs coupled with competitive pricing. The slate features a 7-inch display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a US $170 price tag.

Toshiba Excite 7 Android tablet PC

Toshiba Excite 7: $170 Android Slate

It has to be said: This tablet’s specs are pretty unexciting. The Excite 7’s display can push out a meager 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and it packs a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage space. Other features include the usual Wi-Fi connectivity (just 802.11n though), a microSD card slot, a 0.3 MP camera up front, and a 3 MP camera at the back.

According to Toshiba, the unit can stay up for 12.5 hours of general use, but some tech sites have tested the Excite 7 and have debunked the said claim. Reportedly, you can only get around 6 hours of use.

Additional Notes

Well, the Excite 7 may not offer much in the tech specs department, but if you are on a budget, you will appreciate the relatively low price point. There are, however, better and cheaper alternatives to this.

Let’s start with the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. It features a last generation 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, and runs on Android 4.2. It is available for US $149. There’s also the Dell Venue 7, which has a last generation 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Clover Trail+ dual core processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, and 2 GB of RAM. You can get one for US $150 as well. The 8 GB version of the Asus Memo Pad HD 7, on the other hand, comes with a 1.2 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor and a bargain basement US $129 price tag.

There are many other tablet PC models in the entry-level price point and many of them do have pretty decent specs and therefore offer great value for your money. Does the Toshiba Excite 7 stand a chance? We’ll see, but from where we’re standing, it does seem a bit overpriced compared to other entry-level tablets out there.

If in case you want better specs, then you may want to look into the next tier of tablet PC models. You can probably save up a little more for a Google Nexus 7.

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Archos GamePad 2 coming this month

Like most tablet PC manufacturers, Archos is refreshing its slate lines, announcing the GamePad 2 a few days back. It’s pretty much like its predecessor in looks, but of course changes were made to improve it.

 Archos GamePad 2 Android gaming device

GamePad 2: Archos upgrades Android gaming tablet

The first Archos gaming tablet was released earlier this year. It was a low cost Android device with the control buttons and analog sticks built onto either side of its 7-inch screen. It was not without flaws, as users complained about issues like the short battery life and other design and software problems. Well, in the second generation slate, the tablet maker did some adjustments to the GamePad 2. It has a faster processor, a better display, and a bigger battery.

It packs a quad-core 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188 processor with a quad-core Mali 400 MP4 graphics unit, 2 GB of RAM, and two storage options, 8 GB or 16 GB. The 7 inch IPS display can output a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The rest of it is pretty standard: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, microSD card slot (for additional storage), front-facing camera, microUSB and miniHDMI ports, G-sensor, and stereo speakers, among other things. It will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with some games like Modern Combat 4 and Asphalt 8 already pre-loaded into the gaming tablet.

Like we mentioned earlier, this Archos gaming tablet is still the same aesthetics-wise to the first GamePad. The D-pad, analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and control buttons (X, Y, A, and B) are still located on either side of the screen. It still has the button mapping system that will let you set physical controls for any game. You can check out the Archos Game Zone to download games that are already compatible with the system.

Additional Notes

We’re not sure just how big the Archos GamePad 2’s new battery will be, but the tablet’s weight and dimensions suggest a heavier tablet, so to speak, measuring at 200.5 mm x 154 mm x 9.9 mm (7.9 x 6.0 x 0.39 inch) and weighing in at 400g or (0.88 pounds).

According to reports, our friends in Europe can expect the GamePad to hit the shelves by the end of this month and it will retail for 180 euros (around US $244, more or less).

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