Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zenithink C94 QuadCore 10.1" Tablet

This is probably the Cheapest QuadCore 10.1" Tablet that China MID market has offered. Although being the cheapest sometimes doesn't help a Tablet to create an appealing taste to some enthusiasts. Zenithink knew all of that so I believe they've tried to produce a QuadCore Tablet that will surely have its place in the growing China MID market.

The new Zenithink C94 QuadCore 10.1" Tablet offers a QuadCore Freescale i.MX6Q 1.2GHz Cortex A9  processor with QuadCore Vivante GC2000 graphics which we've also found on Ampe A10 QuadCore 10.1" HD-IPS Tablet. But unlike Ampe A10 QuadCore which cost US$219.99, Zenithink C94 QuadCore doesn't have an HD-IPS display and a lower Battery Capacity of 5600mAh which is expected to serve 6hrs of continuous use. It also have a 1GB of DDR3 RAM and an 8GB of Flash Storage which are fine, one can always expand its storage using microSDCard on the Tablet's expansion slot. It also includes Wi-Fi B/G/N connectivity. The ads says it has latest JellyBean 4.1 Android OS installed but only IceCreamSandwich 4.0.4 is stated on the specs. We still have to confirm this later.

Zenithink C94 QuadCore 10.1" Tablet is available at Pandawill.com for cheap price of US$179.99 including a world-wide free shipping.




Like we've said above, Zenithink didn't put an HD-IPS screen on this QuadCore device. Instead, they choose to use 1024x600px resolution with LED-TN panel which has lower viewing angles if compared to IPS screen or MVA screen but slightly better than ordinary TN Panels. We can also see the 0.3MP Front Facing Camera placed in the middle-top of the screen bezel, it should be fine for Video Calls.

On the bottom of the Tablet we barely notice the two LoudSpeakers located on each corner. We just hope it provides good quality of sounds so sharing musics and movies to our friends,relatives, and or love-ones during outdoor camping is possible. We still don't have any idea if Zenithink C94 uses a glass screen or a hardened plastic screen, but we hope it is Glass screen because it has high tolerance of scratch resist. Both should be good protecting the screen from unwanted scratches from everyday use.

The Back uses plain Plastic Shell material painted with matte white, it doesn't comes with any designs or anything to make the tablet more amusing. Just plain white with 2.0MP Rear Facing Camera placed in the middle-top which hopefully have a good quality of photos and videos. The Power Button and Volume rockers are placed in an uncommon location in the top-left corner (if we are looking at the back-shell). Near the interface buttons are the 3.5mm Audio port and the microSD expansion slot which supports max.32GB of microSDCard.

Just above the Power Button and Volume Rockers, you'll find the rest of Interface ports including (from left to right) 5V 2A Wall Charger port, tiny Reset hole, 2x microUSB which supposed to support OTG function for connecting any USB devices on the Tablet like external 3G-USB dongle or USB Flash drive, Zenithink also didn't remove the mini-HDMI port and should support Full-HD TV Panels for sharing your movies to a larger screen, and the tiny Microphone hole.







The Cons:
  • No IPS Screen - as we all know, IPS Screen gives such beautiful and vivid rich-color images for this cheap Tablets. If Zenithink is causing problems to keep the price lower, they could always use MVA screen like Ainol Novo7 Crystal DualCore 7" Tablet uses.
  • Low Battery Capacity - another negative effect of being the cheapest is the constraint on Battery Capacity. 5600mAh with expectation of 6-hours continuous usage might be good enough but having 7000~8000mAh of Battery Capacity is way much better and could add eye-candy for enthusiasts.
Anyway, I still beleive that the Zenithink C94 QuadCore 10.1" Tablet will surely have its place in the current market. And as for the performance, we don't have much any idea on how the QuadCore will performs but it should be better than RK3066 Tablets except on gaming compatibility.


ModelZenithink C94 Quad Core Tablet PC
CPUFreescale I.MX6Q, quad core, 1.2GHz, Cortex A9; GPU: Vivante GC2000
Operation SystemAndroid 4.0.4
RAM1GB (DDR 3)
ROM(Memory)8GB Nand Flash
Shell MaterialPlastic
ScreenSize10.1 Inch
TypeCapacitive Screen
DisplayLED
Resolution1024 x 600px
Visible Angle150°

Extend CardSupport TF card up to 32GB extended
CameraDual camera, front and back both are 2.0 megapixels
Gravity SensorYes
Multi-TouchYes, 5 points touch


Play StoreYes
BluetoothNo

Video2160P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
MusicMP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
EbookUMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
SkypeYes


Email and BrowserYes, built in
WIFIYes, 802.11 b/g/n
3GNot built in, support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W
Earphone Interface3.5mm
Work TimeUp to 6 hours
Battery5600 MAh, 3.7V

LanguageCzech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Other ApplicationsFile Manager, OfficeSuite, Google Search, Task Manager, Browser, Gallery, Android Webkit, Clock, Calculator, Calendar, iReader, Gmail…
Product Size252 x 165 x 11.9mm
Product Weight585g
Extend Port1 x TF card slot; 1 x MINI HDMI port
2 x Micro USB port 
1 x 3.5mm Earphone port

Package including1 x Charger (2.5mm, 5V, 3A)
1 x USB cable
1 x RJ45 adapter

Package Weight/Size1310g
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Glimpse of Upcoming PiPO Products

A bunch of new PiPO product are marching on its way to China MID market. This time, most were well equipped with an Internet 3G Modem with Phone function on some. An amazing, stunning, glorious offerings from PiPO. Prices are still nowhere to found but I bet, these soldiers will be available for as low as US$100.00 ~ US$250.00 (US$300.00 for Retina Display). Kudos PiPO Tech...

*Note: 5000mAh 7.4V is equivalent to 10000mAh 3.7V... =D

● Display: 7",1024*600 IPS (16:9)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: No
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3000mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: metal back
● Display: 7", 800*480 (16:9)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M(optional)
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: No
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3200 mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: plastic back
● Display: 7",1024*600 IPS (16:9)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: No
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3000mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: metal back
● Display: 7",1024*600 IPS(16:9)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in:  Optional (data & phone call)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3000 mAh by 3.7V 
● housing material: metal back
● Display: 7",1024*600 IPS or 800*480 (16:9)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: No
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3000 mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: plastic back
● Display: 7", 1280*800 IPS (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3200 mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: plastic back
● Display: 7", 1280*800 IPS (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data & phone call)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, GPS, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3200 mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: metel back
● Display: 7",1280*800 IPS (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M 
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data & phone call)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, GPS, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3200 mAh by 3.7V
● housing material: plastic
● Display: 8", 1024x768(4:3)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M,back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 5000mAh by 3.7V
● Housing material: plasitc back
● Display: 8" , 1024x768 (4:3)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch+ Electromagnetic
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 2500mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: plastic back
● Display: 8",1024x768 IPS or non-IPS (4:3)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 5-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 5000mAh by 3.7V
● Housing material: metal back
● Display: 8.9", 1280*800 IPS(16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive  10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 2M, back 5M auto zoom
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 2700mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: metal +plastic back
● Display: 9", 1280*800 (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive  10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 2700mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: metal back
● Display: 9.7", 2048*1536 IPS (4:3)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive  10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 2M,back 5M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 5000mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: metal + plastic back
● Display: 10.1", 1280x800 IPS (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive  10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 2M, back 2M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 4000mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: metal +plastic back
● Display: 10.1", 1280x800 IPS (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive  10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 2M, back 5M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 4000mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: metal back
● Display: 10.1", 1024*600 (16:9)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive  10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 0.3M, back 2M 
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G  built-in: Optional (data only)
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR: Optional
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3500mAh by 7.4V
● Housing material: metal back
Sunday, October 14, 2012

SmartQ U7H DualCore 7" IPS Projector Tablet

Here comes the Tablet that most Business Person or even a regular Tablet Enthusiast are been waiting for (or probably has been looking for). The SmartQ U7H DualCore 7" IPS Tablet with built-in DLP Projector will probably the most unique Tablet introduced by SmartQ and become readily available this year. SmartQ for me is not just a Chinese Company that manufactures cheap Tablets, they seem to not like the "You Get What You Pay For" motto. They manufacture Tablets with excellence and world-class quality that is almost comparable to world-class expensive brands known to most of us.

Unlike any other cheap Tablets being offered from China, SmartQ choose to use a well established ARM Chipset manufacturer like Texas Instrument for their Tablets. The SmartQ U7H is built with TI-OMAP 4460, a 1.5GHz DualCore Cortex A9 processor paired with Imagination Tech PowerVR SGX540 graphics. A well optimize and power efficient chipset that most branded smartphones are also using. It also comes with a built-in Wi-Fi B/G/N and built-in Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. A 1GB Low Power DDR2 RAM and 16GB of NAND Flash storage which should be enough handling the latest Android OS JellyBean 4.1 and every tasks are going to process.

The new SmartQ U7H DualCore 7" IPS Projector Tablet is already available at Pandawill.com for US$365.99. A cheaper version SmartQ U7 with TI-OMAP 4430 and 8GB of Flash Storage can also be bought for US$328.99 both includes a world-wide free shipping. Not as cheap that some of us expect but maybe we should also consider that this is like a Tablet that Corporate Business or a regular Businessman could have for more than US$500.00.


SmartQ being smart and chose a 7" screen with 1024x600 resolution together with the popular IPS Technology that gives not just extra wide viewing angles but a color-rich images quality as-well. Portable enough to carry it anywhere else and do your presentations. It uses a scratch resistant glass screen and just on the top-right corner is the 2.0MP Front Facing Camera which is great enough  for Video Calls or capturing self-photos for social media.

What we are seeing on this picture is actually the DLP LED Projector lens with 40 Lumen of brightness and can project good quality of images with 854x480 resolution within 5~50 inches of distance. It is expected to provide 20,000 hours of working time or 2-years of life span. The slider switch located near to the DLP lens is probably the switch to turn-ON the Projector. The DLP lens is also partially embossed above the Tablet's back shell surface to provide such angle for best Projection.

The SmartQ U7H DualCore 7" IPS Projector Tablet's thickness measures around 11mm to 14.4mm, it doesn't have flat back shell surface so it has two thickness measurements. The edge and corners are curve and rounded except on the DLP lens area. SmartQ made such great effort to create a unique Tablet without ruining the design, kudos to their engineers. It weighs 360grams (common weight of an 8" Tablet) which is still pretty convenient to carry the device with one hand.

The back shell material uses a Plastic with matte finish. although Plastic, it does look like sturdy and rigid and. it also shows here the 2.0MP Rear Facing Camera right at the back of the embossed DLP lens area. It doesn't have LED Flash so this Camera is definitely not going to be good at dark. And the Stereo Loudspeaker which we hope to produce good quality of sounds to the point we and our friends/relatives/love-ones can enjoy watching Projected movies all-together during camping or at remote location.

SmartQ also generous to include huge 4800mAh Battery, 200mAh less than Ainol Novo7 Flame but is surely much efficient because of the TI-OMAP 4460 chipset. The expected Battery Life is 6-hours which is probably calculated with DLP Projector turned-ON.
The picture on the top is the Power Button and Volume Rockers are located, while on the picture on the bottom is the complete Tablet Interface Port area which luckily is complete. From Left to Right, we have the tiny Microphone hole, the 5V 2A Wall Charger port, 3.5mm Audio Port, microSDCard Slot which usually supports 32GB of microSDCard, a microUSB port which also usually provide OTG function and the miniHDMI port which makes this thing complete unlike the reigning champ Google Nexus 7.

If you need to do a presentation at work and there's an available Projector, you can save lots of Battery juice if you just connect the Tablet to Projector using miniHDMI to HDMI cable instead of using the built-in Projector. Or you can do the same on your large HDTV panel to watch Full-HD movies. Great options that SmartQ didn't forbid to include.

There are still no Performance Benchmarks available for this Tablet but we should definitely expect awesome results. TI-OMAP 4460 is a superior chipset, handling any intensive tasks an everyday users do should be a piece of cake on this device. Plus, SmartQ is also known for their incredible software support, they just recently unrolled latest JellyBean 4.1 OS for all of their recent products (faster than Samsung and any other Chinese Tablet manufacturer did). And based from users feedback, its pretty stable and flawless. Good job for SmartQ for taking Software Support seriously.

ModelSmartQ U7H Projection Tablet PC
CPUTI OMAP 4460, ARM Cortex-A9 dual core, 1.5GHz; GPU: PowerVR SGX 540
Operation SystemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
RAM1GB LPDDR2
ROM(Memory)16GB Nand Flash
Shell MaterialPlastic
ScreenSize7 Inch
TypeCapacitive Screen, IPS
DisplayLED
Resolution1024 x 600px
Visible Angle180°

Extend CardSupport TF card up to 32GB extended
CameraDual camera, front and back are both 2.0 megapixel
Gravity SensorYes
Multi-TouchYes, 5 points touch
FlashSupport Flash 11.1
Android MarketYes
BluetoothYes, bluetooth V2.0

Video1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
MusicMP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
EbookUMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…




Email and BrowserYes, built in
WIFIYes, 802.11 b/g/n
3GNot built in, support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W
Earphone Interface3.5mm
Work TimeUp to 5 hours
Battery4800MAh, 3.7V

LanguageCzech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Pico ProjectionDisplay Technique: DLP
Resolution WVGA (854x480) 
Illuminant LED, more than 20,000hours lifespan 
Luminance: Bigger than 40 Lumen
The best projection size: 5~50 inch
Projection ratio: 1.5
Product Size200 x 116 x 11.1-14.4(Thickest)mm
Product Weight360g
Extend Port1 x TF card slot
1 x Micro USB port 
1 x 3.5mm Earphone port

Package including1 x Charger
1 x USB cable


Package Weight
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Upcoming Ainol Novo7 QuadCore Tablets










Thursday, October 11, 2012

PiPO Smart-S2 DualCore 8" Tablet

PiPO is really full of surprises. This thing just pops-out in the middle of nowhere bring vast hardware and software improvements on the rest of 7" and 8" China MID Tablets in the market. Honestly, what I've felt is like; "$h!+, I should have wait for this instead of buying that". I've always been a fan of 7" Tablets because of their portability and lightness unlike those 9.7" and 10.1" which I understand serves different purpose. Anyway, I'm still in-love with my PiPO U1 with JellyBean 4.1.1 OS installed because of its stability (hardware and software). However, If given chance to get another tablet, I'll definitely buy PiPO Smart-S2 because of several new improvements which we will discuss later on.

You can order PiPO Smart-S2 DualCore 8" IPS Tablet at Pandawill.com for amazingly low price of US$135.99 which includes a world-wide free shipping.


This tablet offers almost exactly the same specification the PiPO Max-M1 has like 1.6GHz DualCore RK3066 processor paired with 250MHz QuadCore Mali400 graphics, a built-in Bluetooth 2.0, a 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of Storage which is pretty common to PiPO Tablets and most other Tablet brands except it is an 8" Screen instead of 9.7 and has 5000mAh Battery which suppose to last 7 hours of continuous use and is a really-really great unlike what we've seen on PiPO UP-U1's 3250mAh Battery. So now, smaller Tablet enthusiast like me can now enjoy having good time playing intensive 3D games and or doing everyday stuff without worrying too much about the battery life and of-course  about stability of the tablet in both hardware and JellyBean 4.1.1 OS (thanks to PiPO's awesome Firmware Support). 

PiPO chose the regular screen resolution that other 8" China MID Tablet offers, an 8" 4:3 resolution which makes me a little-bit sad as I really do not understand why 4:3 ratio is still essential when most of things now are in 16:9 or 16:10 wide. Fortunately it isn't just a plain LED-LCD, PiPO also lets their users enjoy the rich-colorful images produced by the IPS screen as-well. A feature that some 8" China MID Tablet brands failed to offer. Just behind the Scratch Resist glass screen, located on the top-left-corner of the Tablet's bezel is the 0.3MP Front Facing Camera. Not as good as others but this is pretty standard to most. Meh, good-enough for Video Calls. 
On the right-side we can notice the tablet edge design that PiPO introduced also on their recent tablets like PiPO M2 and M3. I really do not like this kind of design, for me it loses some kind of elegant appearance factor when is compared to smooth-round edges of other tablets. Well, at-least it has all the necessary Interface Ports that a users would need. From the bottom to top; we have the Power Button, mini-HDMI port, Wall Charger port, 3.5mm Audio port, mini-USB port, micro-SDCard slot (32GB microSDCard support), and a standard USB-OTG port. there are two small holes as-well which will probably one for Reset hole and one for Mic hole.

On the right-top-side corner, there is nothing really except again on the design where the Volume Rockers and Menu/Back Buttons are placed. And this is kinda sad, it doesn't just make the tablet to look thicker. The PiPO Smart-S2 thickness measures 13mm, a 1.5mm ~ 2mm thicker than its brothers PiPO Max-M2 and Max-M3. We don't know if this is correct but if it is, its really really sad.  This is probably due to quite large RK3066 PCB (Printed Circuit Board) or the huge 5000mAh Battery. At-least it weighs less than half kilogram, 486grams to be exact. Something that won't really make you hurt in long/frequent use.

The back shell uses a Plastic material which is I'd rather choose instead of scratch magnet coated aluminum. There is some kind of amusing simple design made by PiPO here, I don't know how to explain but it made me; "well, that's kinda new" (the white dot in the center I believe is just an photo defect, hopefully. lol). Placed on the middle-top a 2.0MP Rear Facing Camera. Yes, you are right. No LED Flash in there. It'll be useful capturing events in your day-light life but don't expect picture perfect photos. On the right-corner of the back is the Mono-firing Loudspeaker which we hope loud enough and not shy at all in producing good quality sounds, and the PiPO markings.

The Performance of this Tablet would be or should be comparable to PiPO U1's performance or maybe a little bit higher because PiPO Smart-S2 actually uses lower resolution than PiPO UP-U1. If you visit some Android Tablet forums like Slatedroid.com and AndroidTablets.com, most of PiPO devices users are happy to their Tablets because of fewer bugs and a stable JellyBean 4.1.1 OS. Wi-Fi connections are doing good, there are some some reports of dead pixels on screen and washed screen on early batches of PiPO U1 and maybe on PiPO M1 but on recent batches produced they just disappear (kudos to PiPO).

The Cons:
  • Tablet Thickness and Edge Design - this is almost out of specs if we talk about latest Tablet thickness and Smooth round-edge design. PiPO should be able to find ways on how to prevent making Tablets with such build designs. Almost everyone on the market is racing on thinnest Tablets, PiPO should participate to that race as-well.
  • 4:3 ratio Screen Resolution - Some users might not consider this as a CONS, but probably most of us will do. On everyday we do like watching HD Movies, 16:9 or 16:10 widescreen resolution is a must. I really hope PiPO Smart-S2 had 1280x800px or even 1024x600px wide resolution instead of 1024x768.
Overall, PiPO Smart-S2 DualCore 8" IPS Tablet is still a good buy and absolutely worth to buy. It'll definitely fix the hole that PiPO U1 made on Smaller Screen Size segment (7"/8") because of its Small Battery Capacity. With PiPO Smart-S2's 5000mAh, it'll definitely create a new challenge to other competitor.

ModelPIPO S2 Dual Core Tablet PC
CPURockchip RK3066, 1.6GHz, Cortex A9 dual core; GPU: Mali 400 MP4
Operation SystemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
RAM1GB (DDR 3)
ROM(Memory)16GB Nand Flash
Shell MaterialPlastic
ScreenSize8 Inch
TypeCapacitive Screen, IPS
DisplayLED
Resolution1024 x 768px
Visible Angle180°

Extend CardSupport TF card up to 32GB extended
CameraDual camera, front is 0.3 and back is 2.0 megapixel
Gravity SensorYes
Multi-TouchYes, 5 points touch
FlashSupport Flash 11.1
Android MarketYes
BluetoothYes, bluetooth V2.0

Video1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
MusicMP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
EbookUMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…




Email and BrowserYes, built in
WIFIYes, 802.11 b/g/n
3GNot built in, support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W
Earphone Interface3.5mm
Work TimeUp to 7 hours
Battery5000MAh, 3.7V

LanguageCzech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Other ApplicationsFile Manager, OfficeSuite, Google Search, Task Manager, Browser, Gallery, Android Webkit, Clock, Calculator, Calendar, iReader, Gmail…
Product Size263.5 x 160 x 13mm
Product Weight486g
Extend Port1 x TF card slot
1 x Micro USB port; 1 x USB port 
1 x 3.5mm Earphone port

Package including1 x Charger
1 x USB cable
1 x Earphone

Package Weight952g