Monday, December 24, 2012

ONDA V972 QuadCore 9.7" Retina Display IPS Tablet


ONDA joined the QuadCore Tablets race by releasing their very first attempt of QuadCore Tablet using the newest chipset manufactured by Allwinner Tech. The ONDA V972 9.7" IPS Tablet with Allwinner A31 QuadCore Cortex A7 which is said to defeat any DualCore Cortex A9 processor in efficiency. It carries a powerful PowerVR SGX544 OctaCore graphics which can be found  also on Apple's iPad 3. This would definitely turn the China MID Tablets competition at its finest.

To make sure that the Allwinner A31 QuadCore Cortex A7 processor with OctaCore PowerVR SGX544 graphics will perform at its best, ONDA decided to install a 2GB of DDR3 RAM on this Tablet to provide more room for running your Heavy Intensive Apps and 3D Games.

The ONDA V972 with 16GB of NAND Storage is available for pre-order at for very affordable price of US$269.99 including a world-wide free shipping. It comes with color White and Black and is supposed to be available on 1st or 2nd week of January 2013.

This is the very interesting part of ONDA V972, we all know that there are several China MID brands offering each a Retina Display Tablet. However, most of them is using a less powerful DualCore or QuadCore graphics processors like RK3066 with a half-speed Mali400 MP4. Although the Mali400 MP4 may seems strong enough to handle every Heavy 3D Games, it has limitation specifically on Display Resolution. It can only handle and process image smoothly with a Full-HD resolution, anything above that will give the half-speed Mali400 MP4 a hard time and users will soon experience occasional lags and delay on graphics transitions.
ONDA knows and understand everything about it so they've been patient to have a Chipset like Allwinner A31 Cortex A7 that won't suffer in this consequences. PowerVR SGX544 with OctaCore graphics processor like an Apple iPad 3 has will surely handle the Retina Display with ease so users can enjoy the awesomeness of having the said feature. IPS Screen Technology is added to provide vivid and bright images with wide viewing angles without losing every bit of quality.
A 2.0MP Front Facing Camera is placed identical to Apple iPad 3 Camera, just don't expect FaceTime quality in here. 2.0MP is decent enough with good background light indoor or outdoor. This should be more than enough for Video Calling purposes.
ONDA is very clever copying the Apple iPad 3 looks. Its very clear on how the V972 was designed, 5.0MP Rear Facing Camera on the corner just like where Apple put their Rear Camera and an Aluminium shell case to protect the back. Little ONDA brand markings can be covered with an Apple logo sticker that can be bought at several stalls at mall if you want to. LoL.
What makes me worry to these full Aluminium Shell case is how the WiFi will perform, some Tablets like PiPO with full Aluminium Shell suffers a slight decrease on WiFi performance, leaving the users a limited WiFi coverage. Although ONDA doesn't seems to share the same history with regards to WiFi performance.
Complete availability of Interface port and function is also seen here. From left to right; Stereo Speakers, microUSB with Host function, microSDCard slot upto 32GB of External Storage, miniHDMI-out, and a standard Wall Charger port.
Having a Stereo Speakers are great. But having them both on one side isn't. It just defeat the purpose of having them. Let's just hope it provide decent sound quality. The Tablet thickness measures around 9.8mm which is fine.

Almost everything on this Tablet seems to be fine. Battery Capacity was 8000mAh 3.7V which is rated to last 8hrs of usage. But, having a Retina Display has been notorious to Battery Life. This is one of the consequences the users will have to bear or maybe I'm wrong this time. It is said that this new QuadCore Cortex A7 performs about 3.5x better than DualCore Cortex A9 while consuming 0.9x energy compared to latter. If these data are true, there should be no worries at all.

Model ONDA V972 Quad Core Tablet PC
CPU Allwinner A31, Cortex A7 quad core; GPU: PowerVR SGX544 MP2
Operation System Android 4.1.1
ROM(Memory) 16GB Nand Flash
Shell Material Plastic
Screen Size 9.7 Inch
Type Retina Screen, IPS
Display LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536px
Visible Angle 180°

Extend Card Support TF card up to 32GB extended
Camera Dual camera, front is 2.0 megapixels, back is 5.0 mega AF
Gravity Sensor Yes
Multi-Touch Yes, 5 points touch

Play Store Yes, built in
Bluetooth Yes, bluetooth V2.0

Video 4K(4096 x 2160 px), support BlueRay 3D video, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
Skype Yes

Email and Browser Yes, built in
WIFI Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
3G Not built in, support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W
Earphone Interface 3.5mm
Work Time Up to 8 hours
Battery 8000 MAh, 3.7V

Language Czech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Other Applications File Manager, OfficeSuite, Google Search, Task Manager, Browser, Gallery, Android Webkit, Clock, Calculator, Calendar, iReader, Gmail…
Product Size 242.6 x 187.5 x 9.8mm
Product Weight 649g
Extend Port 1 x TF card slot
1 x Micro USB port; 1 x MINI HDMI port
1 x 3.5mm Earphone port

Package including 1 x Charger
1 x USB cable
1 x User Manual(English, Russian, German, Spanish)

Package Weight 1300g


Patty J. Amas said... at January 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

No built-in bluetooth, must use a dongle.

ivanz said... at January 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Yes... Confirmed NO Bluetooth Connectivity...

Looks like every Allwinner A31 Tablets will lack built-in BT support...

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