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  • shomizu9 - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    When comparing budget tablets, I've found the Allwinner based tablets perform poorly vs similarly priced Rockchip and Via chip based tablets.

    It seems like you see too many A10-based and A13-based tablets in the same price ranges as tablets based on the Via WM8850 and Rockchip's RK3066, both of which blow the A13 and A10 tablets away (in my hands).
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  • Roland00Address - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Allwinner a10 is nowhere near as fast as Rockchip RK3066 but look at what is up against

    Allwinner a10 is a single core cortex A8 with about 1.2 ghz.
    Rockchip RK3066 is a dual core cortex A9 with about 1.6 ghz.

    Double the cores, 33% more frequency, and finally A9s have about 25% more IPC than A8s. Of course the Rockchip is much faster then the allwinner.

    To put it another way (ironically the ratios are perfect for this comparison.). The Iphone 3GS has a single core cortex A8, Iphone 4S has a dual core cortex A9. The Iphone 4S mhz is also 33% higher than the 3GS. Does anyone who has had both phones think the Iphone 4S is similar in speed to the 3GS?
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  • pugster - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    The rk3066 cost about $15 and the a10 cost less than $7. These low end allwinner tablets are being sold for about $41 wholesale, so the bump up in cpu does change the cost significantly. Reply
  • amdwilliam1985 - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    @$20/piece, I'm looking forward to see these SoC flood the cheaper made phones/tablets.
    This will definitely raise the bottom performance line denominator for Android devices.

    Why get a cheap[er] iphone especially in places like China when you can get these power beasts alternatives at lower/better pricing.
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  • pugster - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Actually $20/piece is relatively costly. The Allwinner a10 was estimated to cost around $7 a few months back and the a13 cost around $5. Reply
  • twotwotwo - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    As pugster said, Allwinner chips are apparently $7 in quantity. The super-cheap 7" $40 Aakash 2 tablets for Indian students have (so far) been Chinese Allwinner A13-based gadgets--though they want to shift to actually building those tablets in India, so that may change the part sourcing/design as well.

    Yeah, I can imagine these getting attention in the US. They'll never have the marketing of a Kindle Fire or Nexus 7, but you do wonder if insanely low prices plus a standout feature or two (like using Apple's display part) will get some love. Or if they'll get attention from Apple's lawyers at least. :)
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  • Activate: AMD - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    This V972 seems like a great opportunity to do some kind of round-up review of "knock-off" tablets. I'm very tempted by the $240 price tag, but its a bit too much for me to simply impulse buy. The korean 1440P monitor experience has warmed me up to compromising on certain secondary aspects of a product in order to get some otherwise very expensive tech ( the high res screen), but I'd like a bit of background first Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    I agree. Maybe Anandtech could purchase a few of these lesser known tablets and do a full review on them? I would find it deeply interesting, and I'm sure many others would too. Come to think of it, Onda would probably be happy to give you a few tablets in exchange for the amount of publicity they would get. Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    This is extremely interesting. I would love to have some hands on time with these tablets.. Reply
  • GNUminex - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    I'm just curious, how does $20 compare to the current costs of older high end smart phone chips like omap 4430 and MSM8960? Because, based on the Sunspider scores, the A31 falls kind of in between those two chips; that brings up a lot of questions about cost value for new cortex A7 only chips versus older cortex A9 chips particularly when you are spending die space on a bunch of extra cores and money to design the chip. Reply
  • doggod - Saturday, January 12, 2013 - link

    I'm very happy with the 2 Aniol Flame 7" tablets we picked up for xmas. For 140 euro each including shipping , also came with an otg usb cable, a mini HDMI cable, power adapter.

    There is nothing on the market at retail in Ireland that can compare to the value of these and currently 2 different devs have ported 4..2.1 onto the tablet.
    There can and will be bugs so you just have to research what you are buying and who you are buying from.
    And they can run XBMC Frodo” Release Candidate 3.

    Maybe Anandtech would think about reviewing some to these tablet in the future, the latest and greatest is always cool to read about but the cost can be prohibitive. I wonder how many smart phones would be in peoples pockets now if everyone had to buy them at full price up front ?.

    Specs of the Flame
    CPU: Dual Core AMLogic AML8726-MX 1.5GHz
    GPU: Dual Core Mali400
    RAM: 1GB DDR3
    Storage: 16GB
    Bluetooth: Built-in! v2.1
    Screen: 7 inch IPS screen, 1024*800 pixel
    Screen Type: Capacitive Screen
    Visible: Angle 180°
    Extend Card: Support TF card up to 32GB
    Gravity Sensor: Yes
    Multi-Touch: Yes, 5-points touch
    Video: 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV support HDMI 1.4
    Music: MP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
    Ebook: TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2
    Dual Cameras: 5 mega pixel rear camera and 2.0MP front camera!
    WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
    Earphone Interface: 3.5mm
    mini USB out
    mini HDMI out
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  • TrackSmart - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - link

    These tablets seem pretty tempting, but then I think about the Nexus 7 which is a nice device with a real warranty that sells for $199. For $20 more than the ipad mini knockoff, I'd personally get the Nexus. Same for the 9.7" version. I would buy an Asus TF300T for $300 before spending $240 on the knock-off ipad. $60 is not a gigantic price jump for a product that has warranty support in the United States. That's my take, but I'd still be curious to see a comparison. Reply
  • rupaniii - Saturday, March 02, 2013 - link

    The new Archos tablets seem to be using the Allwinner cpus. I'm not fond of china sourced designs, but, I may have to for the 11.6 platinum in screen. I plan on reading some 1080p at just the right dpi. That's going to be my e reader. Reply
  • topgear31 - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - link

    Found some interesting videos that test end products using A31:

    Epic Citadel, 2048x1526 res
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TOUdeBZqRg

    "Optimized" Antutu
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_uyvL1XCpc
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  • Georgephx - Friday, January 31, 2014 - link

    No Bluetooth-whatz up with that? Reply

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