Onkyo has demonstrated a prototype of a tablet featuring a 4K display as well as a premium audio sub-system at MWC. The Granbeat Hi-Res Tablet tablet is aimed primarily at multimedia enthusiasts who would like to have UHD resolution as well as advanced audio with them when traveling and do not care much about portability.

The Onkyo Granbeat DP-CTX1 resembles a miniature television with stereo speakers and if it was not for official positioning, I would have thought that Onkyo was demonstrating a small TV. Nonetheless, this is a tablet based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC (there is a report about usage of the SD835, but it could not be confirmed), featuring a 12.5-inch 4K UHD display and is running Android Oreo. The Granbeat DP-CTX1 will be equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (expandable using microSD cards) when it becomes available later this year, but the prototype showcased at MWC only featured 16 GB of NAND flash.

In addition to the premium display, the Onkyo Granbeat DP-CTX1 features a first-class DTX: X Premium-badged audio sub-system comprised of four independent ODND (Onkyo Double-Molding Diaphragm) speakers with two ESS Sabre ES9018KDM DACs and two ESS Sabre 9601K amplifiers (the same DACs and amplifiers are used inside the Onkyo Granbeat DP-CMX1 smartphone). Finally, the Granbeat Hi-Res Tablet will support DTS Play-Fi technology to connect to appropriate audio equipment wirelessly.

Speaking of connectivity and audio/video equipment. Because of its positioning primarily as a multimedia solution for A/V enthusiasts, the Onkyo Granbeat DP-CTX1 will ship with a docking station that can be attached to other A/V equipment via an HDMI interface. The tablet also has a 3.5-mm and a 2.5-mm audio connector for headphones and other audio devices, as well as a USB Type-C header to connect to regular PCs and various peripherals.

It is noteworthy that the Onkyo Granbeat tablet is still a regular tablet with all functions that one comes to expect from this kind of devices. The tablet has imaging capabilities, so it can be used to capture photos or make video calls. Like other advanced tablets, the Granbeat DP-CTX1 features 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as an integrated 4G/LTE modem (at least, on the prototype demonstrated at MWC).

Onkyo is not yet disclosing when it plans to release the Granbeat DP-CTX1 commercially and what price tag will it carry. Since the company is demonstrating the tablet as early as MWC, it is safe to assume that it will be launched this year. As for MSRP, the DP-CTX1 is an ultra-premium product with a unique display and an advanced audio sub-system, so do not expect it to be cheap.

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Sources: Onkyo, PC Watch, PhileWeb

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  • HStewart - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - link

    At $1500 they can have it, especially as Android / ARM cpu. Put a i7-8909g in this thing, and it maybe worth $1500. I would say anything above $800 is too much for it.

    Just for comparison, I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 that cost me around $470 at BestBuy on sale, there is rumors next one (S4) could be 4K screen - they start about $600. So for a larger screen - I would say another $200.
  • Sttm - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    I could see myself buying a 4k HDR AMOLED tablet from Samsung for $500. Something with screen quality as good as their flagship phones, but 10 inches. A perfect device for magazines, comics, watching stuff away from a TV.

    IP68 water proof it too, so I can shower with it. :)
  • duploxxx - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    adding a stupid intel in that box? no way.

    its btw high def audio where you pay the premium if you understand audio requirements from onkyo...
  • HStewart - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    No way I am going to purchase a 12 in screen with ARM processor - I can understand having ARM in $1500 TV screen for apps on the TV but not as a primary processor.
  • BurntMyBacon - Friday, March 9, 2018 - link

    A high end ARM processor would be fine, as long as the price reflected it. A price of $1500 is 3X too high for an android device in my opinion. With the same processor (assuming 835) and an ARM version of Windows 10 and (limited) x86 emulation, it becomes a bit more appealing, so I might say it's 2X too high (give or take). Give me a low power x86 processor along with a full version of Windows 10 and it might justify a $1xxx price tag.

    While the audio equipment certainly adds to the bill of materials and goes a long way towards creating a high dollar premium device, the android operating system does not match well with such a premium device. Android has largely been relegated to the low cost budget area of the tablet market. Sure, there are a few outliers playing at being a premium device, but lack of sales as well as lack of decent mid range options suggests that there isn't much of a market left. Perhaps people have decided that devices that expensive need to do more than just consume media. Sure Android does games, but many don't translate well to larger screens. Consequently, most people I've seen play on their phones, their consoles, or their PCs. Productivity ...
  • gigantor21 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    I have an S3 tablet as well, and the $500 I paid is the absolute limit I will spend on an Android tablet, 4K or otherwise.
  • Samus - Friday, March 9, 2018 - link

    That's what I'm sayin'

    Core CPU or bust, especially if its going to cost over a grand. Who cares about the $300 screen when it's running an SoC that will struggle to drive that resolution.
  • BurntMyBacon - Friday, March 9, 2018 - link

    To be fair, I don't think an 835 is going to struggle with media playback on a 4K screen. Of course, I would still hesitate to spend the kind of money people are speculating this will cost on an Android tablet. A core CPU (and perhaps Windows OS) would go a long way to justifying the likely price tag.
  • smartthanyou - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - link

    That seems like a lot of expensive speaker hardware for something that would most likely be used with a good set of headphones. Doesn't make a lot of sense IMHO.
  • Diji1 - Friday, March 9, 2018 - link

    You don't stay in hotels much then.

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