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?
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.
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 ]