On Sept 1st, Ramos launched three new tablets pc with latest Intel Z3000 series processor. The three units are i10S, i9S and i7S. Among them, this i10S interests me a lot. As a flagship model from Ramos, it owns HD screen, and long battery life. Today, this i10S is finally available for sale on ontablets.es
Ramos i10S adopts one 10.1 inch IPS screen, screen resolution is 1920*1200 pixels. CPU is Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor. RAM is 2GB. Unit owns one Intel HD Graphic Gen 7 GPU which can handle PC games, or software easily. The front camera is 2M pixels, and rear camera is 5M pixels. Its battery capacity is 9500Mah, it can last unit working for over 10 hours, and the standby time is over 10 days.
Though, this unit is already available for sale in Ontablets, but there is no stock for now. You can reserve it online, and delivery will be made in Oct.
Nowadays, 4K resolution is quite popular. In shopping mall, we can see a lot of 4K resolution TV set. But till now, most tablets can not play 4K videos smoothly. So what is a 4K video. It means the video resolution is 3840*2160 pixels. When Yuandao W8C is available, it is regarded as one tablet which can play 4K videos. Today, let's see its performance.
We have downloaded one MP4 video, resolution is 3840*2160 pixels, and 21695kbps. Video size is 450M. Video length is only about 3 minutes. We use the Windows Media Player to play this video. The testing result is the unit can play the video smoothly. and there is no cutting out problem.
Then we used another 4K video with same resolution. Video size is 855M, and video length is about 4 minutes. It also can be played on Yuandao W8C well.
This W8C adopts one 8 inch IPS screen from Samsung, screen resolution is 1280*800 pixels. The viewing angle is nearly 180 degree.
Now, in market, most tablets adopting ARM framework can not support 4K videos except some adopt RK3288 quad core processor. And more important, ARM framework can not support Windows OS, and it can not play as many video formats as Windows OS.
Compared with ARM framework, this W8C adopts the Windows 8.1 OS. It can meet your demand on office work, and entertainment as well.
Maybe you don't know Hisi. But you should know the Kirin processors. They are made by Hisi. Recently, TSMC announced that it cooperated with Hisi, succeeded in developing one network processor based on FinFET technology and ARM framework. This processor adopts the latest 16nm process technology from TSMC.
This 16nm FinFET technology can enhanced the processing speed and reduce power consumption dramatically, and reduce the current drain. Compared with old 28HPM technology, this 16FinFET can increase the gate density by 200%. In the same power consumption, its processing speed is 40% faster. If in same processing speed, its power consumption is reduced by 60%.
CEO of Hisi said, this chipset adopts ARM V8 framework, and integrates 32 cores A57. The frequency can be 2.6GHz.
The performance of this new chipset is about 3 times of the old one, and support virtualization, SDN and NFV. It can be widely adopted in base station, router, core network in future.
Yesterday, ARM launched its latest MCU, Cortex M7. Compared with the Cortex A7, though the name is quite similar, but they are completely different.
Now, ARM Cortex A series is widely adopted in tablets and smart phones. As we know, they are app processor. Cortex M and Cortex R are the other two products from ARM. Different with Cortex A, they are for embed style. Cortex M is micro processor unit, and Cortex R is real time processor.
Cortex M and Cortex R don't have memory management unit. They are used to bridge between CPU and RAM. and switch between MAC address and VA. Most common OS like iOS, Android, Windows, etc need it to work.
In fact, Cortex M is already available in 2014. The first product is Cortex M3. Till now, total sales of Cortex M MCU is over 8 billion pieces. In last year, its total sales is 2.9 billion pieces, and the first half of this year, the sale is 1.7 billion pieces. In fact, its sales is much bigger than Cortex A series.
In fact, we known Cortex A processor a lot since it also appears in our eyes. In fact, Cortex M and Cortex A work together. Cortex M usually is regarded as coprocessor. In my idea, Cortex A is more likely to be coprocessor since Cortex M is always working, and Cortex A is only working when apps run.
I will not introduce too much about Cortex M7 since it is too professional. Cortex M7 has already leveled up the MCU performance a lot. In future, tablet or smart phone suppliers will rely on MCU more, and adopt CPU less than before. It will help to reduce the unit power consumption, and more powerful products.
As Intel has already started to develop its 64 bit chipset, ARM is also focusing on the 64 bits MCU. But even so, ARM still launched a new Cortex MCU. From 2005 till now, ARM has already sold over 8 billion pieces chips based on Cortex M. In the past 18 months, ARM has sold 460 million pieces chips. Today, ARM has launched its new Cortex M7.
Cortex M7 adopts the 32 bits ARMv7-M, and owns six-stage superscalar pipeline. It is compatible with the last generation, and running speed of the new MCU will be doubled than the old one.
ARM said, the single 400Mhz Cortex M7 which is based on 40nm process technology can reach 2000 Coremarks. The new Cortex M7 will adopt 28nm technology, so it will break the 2000 Coremarks.
Now, ARM has already authorized Ateml and other partners of this new MCU.
From last year, smart watches became more and more popular. As Apple launched the iWatch, the market reach the top.
Smart watches have some similar functions as smart phone, for example, text, calls etc. But as the technology innovation, smart watches becomes the trends in market.
From the following data, we can see the smart watch market in future.
1. As IDC tells, the smart wearing device will be increased to 113 million pieces from 19 million pieces this year.
2. As forecast of Gartner, in 2016, smart watch will take 40% sales of smart wearing device.
3. The smart watch sales this year is 15 million pieces, and in 2020, it will be 373 million pieces.
4. The sales of wearing device has increased by 684% during the first half of 2014.
The above information can tell us, smart watch is quite potential. That is why there are so many suppliers starting to move this business.
But as smart watch is still a new product. Now, it is not so powerful. As the technology improved, it will become much better.
As the demand of smart phone reduces a lot and profit is also very low. So for smart phone suppliers, smart watch is a new stuff. But since it is quite new, smart watch is not so powerful. Smart watch has two many similar features as smart phone. So suppliers started to promote by some other features, like health monitor, etc.
Smart watch becomes the focus of many smart phone suppliers in China. So in near future, we will see a lot of smart watches available in near future.
News from ontablets.es, Lenovo will launch a new tablet pc, named Yoga 3 Pro. That is one 2 in 1 tablet. This Yoga 3 Pro may be the first tablet adopting Intel Core M low power consumption processor. In meanwhile, Ontablets also disclosed more information about this Yoga 3 Pro.
First, this Yoga 3 Pro owns one 13.3 inch IPS screen, screen resolution is 3200*1800 pixels. CPU is the Intel Core M 5Y70 processor, and adopts Intel HD 5300 Graphics.
The battery capacity is 44.8Whr, and can last the tablet working for over 7 hours.
Just like other Lenovo Yoga tablets, this Yoga 3 Pro can be rotated at 360 degree as well. If connected with the keyboard, it can work as a laoptop PC as well.
Unit can support USB 3.0, HDMI and Bluetooth 4.0. It owns one 8GB RAM and 512GB flash memory space at max. The web camera is 720P resolution.
In fact, there are a lot of news about this Yoga 3 Pro before, but Lenovo did note confirm it. But we think it is available. Although, the detail information is unknown for now, but it should be available very soon for sale.
Now, the 3rd of 2014 is coming to end, and soon, the 4th quarter will come. From the past three quarters, the tablet sale is not good as expectation. Many tablet suppliers have already lower down their target in 2014. Even though, we still can not expect a good future in 2015. As estimation from Ontablets, in 2015, the situation will continue. Its increase will be less than 10% compared with 2014.
In 2014, some top tablet brands like Toshiba, Acer, ASUS has launched some good tablets in low price. It has limited the growth of some made in China units. More important, now, in Europe and US, the demand is reduced a lot. In 2014, tablet sales just increased 12.4%. We know, in 2013, it was increased by 69.6%.
Even in 2015, the situation will not turn better. It will only have less than 10% increase as our estimation.
So the situation is not good for tablet suppliers. They need to find other niche market to increase the sale.
Today, Amazon has launched several new products. There is one Kindle Fire HDX8.9 tablet pc, one new Kindle Voyage e-book reader, one Fire HD Kids edition, and two Kindle Fire HD tablets.
The two new Kindle Fire HD tablets is 6 inch and 7 inch. There are five different color for both units. New Fire HD 7 adopts one 7 inch IPS screen, resolution is 1280*800 pixels. Unit comes with one quad core CPU from Mediatek, frequency is 1.5GHz. The GPU performance is about 3 times of Samsung Tab 4. It has two different edition, one is 8GB flash memory, and one is 16GB. Battery can last working for over 8 hours.
The other one is Kindle Fire HD 6. It owns one 6 inch IPS screen, its configuration is very similar as Fire HD 7.
This Kindle Fire HD 6 is only 99 US dollars, and Kindle Fire HD 7 is 138 US dollars, both are quite cheap. As estimation, both units will be available for sale next month.
Kids edition Kindle Fire HD is based on the Fire HD 6 and HD 7. It has been pre installed a lot of apps suitable for kids. This kids edition also comes with one quad core CPU of 1.5GHz frequency. Flash memory is 8GB or 16GB. Screen resolution is 1280*800 pixels.
Compared with Kindle Fire HD 6 and HD 7, this kids edition is more expensive. The 6 inch will be 149 US dollars, and 7 inch is 189 US dollars. It comes with two years warranty.
In the past 8 months of 2014, we did not see any new Nexus device. But as our latest news from Ontablets, HTC will display the Nexus 9 in the presentation conference hold on 8th Oct. This morning, we have already seen the invitation letter. It is marked 'Double Exposure". That may mean in the conference, HTC will show two new products. It might be one smart phone and one tablet.
As the news from Ontablets, new Nexus 9 will be water proof, and come with one 16M pixels camera. Bluetooth and NFC will be built in as well.
Furthermore, HTC will develop one special app for Nexus 9. Users can control the unit through their iOS or Android smart phones. Nexus 9 will run the latest Android L operation system. It may be the first one with Android L OS for sale in market.
Unit will adopt the Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB flash memory.
Of course, till now, HTC did not confirm any news above. We need to wait till 8th Oct when the conference is opened.