Recently, Ainol is quite silent. But today, we received one new tablet pc from Ainol. It is Ainol AX10 4G. Generally speaking, its configuration is not high, but it can support 4G LTE network.
This Ainol AX10 4G owns one 10,1 inch IPS screen. Resolution is 1280*800 pixels. CPU is the MTK8732 quad core processor. It is based on ARM A53 framework, and GPU is Mali-T760 MP2. Except 4G LTE network, it also support Bluetooth, GPS, and TF card. The front camera is 0.3M pixels, and rear camera is 5M pixels. Battery capacity is 7000Mah. The USB host and HDMI port are available. Operation system is Android 4,4,4.
Now, this unit is already available for sale, the 8GB edition is only 125 euros.
Recently, people disclosed the new smart phone from Huawei, Mate 8. As the news, Huawei Mate 8 will adopt 6 inch or above IPS screen, resolution will be 2K. Regarding the CPU, Huawei may adopt the new Kirin 930 processor, its performance will be much better than last generation. Till now, there is now further news about it.
But as our estimation, the new Mate 8 will own 2GB RAM at least, maybe 3GB or 4GB. Regarding flash memory, it should be more than 32GB. This new Mate 8 will be displayed on the WMC trade show. Then we will let you know more information about it.
As news from Ontablets, Samsung has announced today, its 14nm FinFET process is already available for mass production, it is much earlier than TSMC. Compared with the 20nm processor in market, its power consumption is reduced by 35% and performance is enhanced by 20%. So Samsung has already received the order of Apple iPhone.
This Samsung Exynos 7 series will adopt this 14nm processor. As the new Samsung Galaxy S6 will be launched in 1st March, so it will be quite possible adopt this 14nm processor.
Recently, the sales of Samsung smart phone is reduced, but its semi conductor becomes its core business, Now, Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD are clients of Samsung.
Last week, Suverimax has disclosed the news that the battery life of Apple Watch is only 2.5 to 4 hours, and today, latest news said the Apple Watch is more powerful than the first generation iPad. The first generation iPad was available about 5 years ago.
The 1st generation iPad adopts the A4 processor which is a single core chipset and frequency is only 1GHz. RAM is 512MB. But even though, it was the most powerful tablet at that moment. Nowadays, there are a lot of octa core tablets, 3GB RAM tablets, and the 1st generation iPad is already not available. The Apple Watch adopts the S1 processor, The performance of S1 is quite similar as the A5 processor which is adopted by iPod Touch. A5 is also adopted by 2nd generation iPad, iPhone 4S, and iPad Mini.
But anyhow, it confirms that the performance of this Apple Watch will be quite satisfying.
As the latest financial report from Microsoft, in the 4th quarter of 2014, its Lumia is sold over 10 million pieces, it reach a new record, in meanwhile, the total sale of Surface is over 1 billion US dollars. That means, in the 4th quarter, the Surface tablet is sold over 2 million pieces.
If the news is true, that means the sales of Surface is nearly twice of HP tablets. But compared with Lenovo which is sold about 3.7 million pieces, and Amazon which is about 4 million pieces, it is still much less. In 2015, tablet suppliers start to launch high end tablet pc with over 8 inch screen size, many mini or medium suppliers will quit the market. In last quarter, the tablet with Windows OS took about 9% of total volume, totally, it is 6 million pieces. Surface has already taken 1/3 of them.
Last week, Microsoft has stopped supplying Surface 2 with Windows RT OS. As the success of Surface Pro, we believe, the sales of Surface will keep on increasing in new year.
Today, Mediatek released its financial report of the forth quarter and whole of 2014. Its total incoming of 2014 is about 7 billion US dollars, and increased by about 56.6% compared with 2013. Its net margin is about 1.5 billion US dollars and increased by 68.8% compared with last year.
In forth quarter, its incoming is reduced by 3.51% to 900 million US dollars. The gross margin is 47.9%, and net margin is 17.8%. It is lower than 3rd quarter which are 49.1% and 17.8%. The net margin is 150 million US dollars, and it is lower than 3rd quarter which is about 210 million US dollars.
Regarding 2015, the CEO of Mediatek said, the sales of smart phone chips will be about 80 to 85 million pieces, this is less than the 4th quarter of 2014 which is over 100 million pieces. The total incoming will be reduced by 10% to 18%. Gross margin will be about 47%.
As Ontablets estimation, the total sales of smart phone chips will be over 450 million pieces in 2015. And the 4G LTE chips will be about 150 million pieces. And tablets chips will be about 50 million pieces.