Ubuntu operation system is one OS special for mobile phone and tablets. It has made some interaction design for tablet or smart phone operation system. But it is not widely adopted by manufacturers. Till now, Ubuntu only released the ROM for Nexus smart phone and tablets. In China, there is only one supplier adopting Ubuntu OS. But the situation may be changed soon. A company named Nikki Wertish is connecting money online and wants to develop UbuTab based on Ubuntu operation system.
This UbuTab owns one 10.1 inch IPS screen. Screen resolution is 1920*1200 pixels. CPU is one quad core Cortex A9 processor. Frequency is 1.6GHz. RAM is 2GB. It can support HDMI video out, and TF card slot. Regarding flash memory, it has two editions, one is 1TB and another is 2TB. Battery capacity is 11000Mah. Battery life is over 6 hours. Unit can run Ubuntu and Android OS.
This unit is only 7mm thickness. Ubuntu said if they can succeed collecting money over 40 thousand US dollars, then they can add the Qi wireless recharge function for this tablet.
In middle of this month, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have already received the OTA package to upgrade to Android 5.0. And several days before, following Google, Nvidia has upgraded its Shield tablet wifi edition to Android 5.0 OS. And today, its LTE edition already received the upgrade package. Till today, all the Shield Tablets have already been upgraded to Android 5.0.
This upgrade includes, Support Micro USB Host OTG Y, unit can be recharged when connected with ADSL, support 4K video output. improve the performance and compatibility of charger, and refine the GPS function.
If you have owned the 32GB LTE edition Shield Tablet, then you will have Half Live 2 and Portal for free.
As we know, Nvidia Shield Tablet adopts the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Another tablet which is also adopting K1 processor, MIUI tablet, has not received the upgrade pack till now.
Jolla is established by some staff working in Nokia before. Now, it has already launched a smart phone and tablet. The smart phone is already sold out. The tablet is also collecting money successfully. And it will be available for sale in US, China, and other countries.
As news from Jolla, this tablet has already collected over 1.25 million US dollars, its target is only 380 thousand US dollars. Jolla said this tablet will be only for sale in US, Europe, China, Russia, India and HK. But as the demand from people, now, it will be also available for sale in Canada and Australia.
If you want to buy this Jolla tablet, you can go to ontablets.es to reserve one. You only need to pay for 209 US dollars. This Jolla tablet will be available for next May. That means you have to wait half year.
This Jolla tablet adopts the 64 bit Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB flash memory. Screen size is 7.85 inch, and resolution is 2048*1536 pixels. The front camera is 2M pixels, and rear camera is 5M pixels. Battery capacity is 4300Mah. It runs Sailfish 2.0 operation system.
In 2014, the Intel Mobile dept has burnt a lot of money, and has a big loss in past months. But Intel is still very confident of the future. As Intel said, in 2015, the SoFIA chipset will be launched in 2015, and it will help increase the sales of Intel mobile phones. This morning, ontablets.es showed us one latest Intel Roadmap for 2015.
SoFIA will be the key for Intel to enter low end market of smart phones. It is firstly integrated with baseband. And there will be four different editions available, 3G dual core, 4G quad core, and LTE quad core, 14nm LTE quad core. This processor can be adopted in smart phones, tablets and phablets.
In meanwhile, Intel has cooperated with Rockchip, and Spreadtrum to enter low end market.
Regarding the baseband, Intel has already owned the XMM7260 which can support Cat.6. It is already adopted in Samsung Alpha smart phones. Next year, the new generation, XMM7360 will be available, supporting Cat.10. It is similar as Qualcomm Gobi 9X45.
At the beginning of next year, Intel tablets and smart phones will still reply on 22nm Bay Trail, and Moorefiled, then the 14nm processor will be available. The processor for tablets is named Cherry Trail, CPU framework is Airmont, it is a quad core processor. For smart phones, it is Broxton, CPU framework is Goldmont, it is also one quad core processor.
In the 4th quarter of this year, we will see the Intel SoFIA 3G dual core processor, it is based on the Intel X86 framework, and integrates 3G baseband. In the first half of 2015, it will be upgraded to quad core. In the middle of 2015, Intel will launch SoFIA LTE processor. All of these are based on 22nm process.
Subor has already disappeared for quite a log time. About 10 or 15 years ago, Subor is a well known brand name from China. In last month, Subor has launched its first smart phone, Dream X. Following that, today, Ontablets disclosed a 7 inch tablet from Subor. But from our information, this new tablet is just one entry level unit.
This new tablet is Subor S1. It adopts one 7 inch IPS screen. Resolution is 1280*800 pixels. The frequency of CPU is 1.3GHz. But Subor did not tell which CPU is adopted, a dual core or a quad core. RAM is 1GB, flash memory is 8GB. The front camera is 5M pixels, and rear camera is 8M pixels. Users can extend memory by a TF card, and the unit can support 3G network. Unit runs Android 4.2.2 OS. Its price is less than 100 US dollars.
Till now, we can not make sure when this new tablet will be available for sale. But from the above information, the performance of this Subor S1 is not so good. If just used to watch videos or surf internet, it is OK.
Recently, Ontablets released a report about the tablet sales in China for 3rd quarter of 2014. In 3rd quarter, the total sales in China is about 5.45 million pieces. Compared with last year, it is increased by 25%. But compared with 1st and 2nd quarter, increase is already reduced.
The top three tablets brands are iPad, Samsung, and Lenovo. iPad has about 56.3% market share, Samsung is 11.6%, Lenovo is 9.4%. And MIUI ranked 4th, its first tablet was launched in July.
The sales of tablets in 1st and 2nd quarter is increased by 48% and 53.8% compared with last year. But in 3rd quarter, it is reduced to 25%. The main reason is iPad sales is reduced. But the sales of Android tablets is increased a bit.
Now, the market demand is reduced. It is faced the competition from laptop, and big screen smart phones, and can not find the right position in market. That is why the sales is reduced in 3rd quarter. And the situation may keep on in following months or years.
Yesterday, Action announced that its ATM7059 processor is upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop operation system.
ATM7059 is a new quad core processor launched in 23th, Sept. This processor is based on ARM Cortex A9 R4, and adopting 28nm process technology. Frequency is 1.6GHz. GPU is Imagination PowerVR SGX544. By the low power consumption processing technology, and LPDDR3 etc parts, its power consumption is quite low. This processor can support 2K resolution display, and 1080P HDMI output.
So why Action chose this processor for Android 5.0 Lollipop OS? That is because, this processor has very high performance and low power consumption, when working under Android 5.0 OS, it can provide users a very high experience. More important, it is also quite cost effective. Action was also considering one dual core upgraded to Android 5.0 OS, but the performance is not good enough.
In 4th, Nov, Google has already launched the code of Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, but about one or two month before that, Action has already got the partial code already. That is why Action can upgrade its processor to the latest OS so quickly.
After refined under Android 5.0 OS, this Action ATM7059's performance is enhanced by about 33%, video playback performance is enhanced about 20%.
Today, Qualcomm, which is the biggest smart phone processor supplier, announced that it will enter the host market. As what Qualcomm said, as the demand from client, they will start to provide processor for host. Though, it may take a long time, but Qualcomm is quite interested in it.
Qualcomm did not tell its product information. But it will adopt the ARM framework which is also adopted by some other companies who want to enter this market. Now, in the market, Intel is still the leader, and it adopts the X86 framework. Even AMD who adopts the same framework only takes 3% market. But many clients expect new products to replace Intel, especially ARM framework.
Most companies which are interested in Qualcomm's new product are some big website owners, like Facebook. Facebook is quite excited when Qualcomm announced the news.
But compared with Intel, Qualcomm still has some shortcomings, like the high speed network technology which is necessary for host processor. But till now, Qualcomm is the biggest company for ARM framework, so they have much advantage than others.
As the report from Ontablets, in 2014, the demand of smart wearing device is increasing quickly. In 3rd quarter of 2014, the total sales volume of smart wearing device is over 12.7 million pieces. In 2013, it is only 9 million pieces. It is increased by 40%.
As estimation, the total sales volume of smart wearing device will be 52 million pieces. Compared with 2013, it is increased by 32%. And in 2015, it will be increased further to 74 million pieces, and increased by 44%.
Now, in smart wearing device market, Fitbit is still the leader though its competitor, CE is also moving to this business. And Samsung, LG, Motorola have launched their smart watches.
As Lucas from Ontablets said, the smart wearing device with network connection will be increased greatly in following years. And in 2016, its sales volume will be about 83 million pieces.
As Apple launched its smart watch, and it will be available for sale in 2015, the smart watch with network connection will be becoming popular in following years.
Recently, Chuwi launched a new 8 inch tablet pc with Windows OS. Model number is Vi8. Price is only 65 euros. Now, it is launched, and will be available for sale in early of Dec.
This Chuwi Vi8 owns one 8 inch IPS screen. Screen resolution is 1280*800 pixels. As the design is very compact, so, even the screen size is 8 inch, it looks quite small, and you can take it with you easily. Its CPU is the Intel 64 bits Z3735F quad core processor. RAM is 2GB, and flash memory is 32GB. Operation system is Windows 8.1 OS.
The frequency of its CPU is 1.83GHz. This processor is based on the new 22nm process technology. It has a good performance and low power consumption.
This Chuxi Vi8 can support Android OS. But now, Chuwi Vi8 is still working on the firmware for Android OS. When it is ready, users can choose Windows OS and Android OS.