Charbax of ARM Devices.net gets the goods again.
Screensnaps and the video after the break.
iambillbil is well-known in Chinese tablet circles, especially at the IMP3Net forum where he tends to post very long, multi-part/thread evaluations of tablets. These posts are very detailed and are, for the most part, comprehensive.
He’s recently done a series on the Onda V989 but I’ve held off mentioning them here because things were changing quickly with that tablet — two firmware updates in a short period of time — and his benchmarks were quickly becoming obsolete. Since this is a tablet still categorized as being “beta,” this is to be expected.
Well now he’s done a post with tests based on the version 1.0.2 firmware (the latest, at post time) and this is worth reading because I think we finally get a real sense of what this tablet using the octa-core Allwinner A80 CPU is like [Google Translate].
And this time PadNews is caught laundering press material from Onda about the V989 tablet.
IMP3Net lead image:
PadNews lead image:
In two Weibo communiques today, Onda and Onda Service announced the availability of firmware update 1.0.2 for the Onda V989.
# Onda eight-core tablet #  # Onda V989 firmware upgrade eight-core # V1.0.2 firmware released new firmware fully optimized GPU performance; simultaneously enhance the overall performance; amended the part of the user to use the camera function! A netizen 3DMark after brushing firmware firmware download → http://t.cn/RPUDS7c Pictured run sub-paced map, performance burst table!
Announced via a Weibo communique that reiterates the hardware can do Windows (so, like the X89HD, there will be a Windows 8.1 version announced in a week or so):
The Tmall listing [Google Translate]. The price, at post time here, is 1,299 yuan — but scrolling down shows Teclast says it should be 1,099 (as does today’s Weibo). A 99 yuan deposit will be taken, with the payment balance due on July 31st (that’s likely the shipping date).
After going through an upgrade that seemed to keep it offline for a week, the OndaBBS — the official Onda forum — is now back online. All of the posts dealing with the new Onda V989 are here [Google Translate].
Note that I will not be reading these. Anyone interested in the tablet has to do that work for themselves.
Onda V989 Firmware 1.0.1 AnTuTu
Onda V989: Release Of Firmware 1.0.1
Onda V989 Updated User Report, Benchmarks And Videos
Video: Onda V989 Vs. Xiaomi MiPad With PDFs
Onda V989 Gets First Review
Demo Video Of Onda V989
Behind The Scenes Peek At Onda V989 Packing
Onda Acknowledges Two Iterations Of V989
First User Reports: Onda V989
Onda “Sells Out” Second Tiny V989 Beta Test Supply
Onda Makes Battery Life Claim For V989
Onda Ships Beta Test V989 Tablets
Onda “Sells Out” Tiny V989 Beta Test Supply
Onda Adds V989 To Their Site
Onda V989 Goes On Beta Test Sale July 14th
Onda’s Benchmark Claims For V989 A80-Based Tablet
Onda Leaks Allwinner A80-Based V989
Onda’s New A80, Windows, And 4G Tablets
Xiaomi introduces new products at 2AM EDST (2PM local China time). The official Countdown Clock (which might also be a live video feed).
Same-day update: Or it could be 10PM EDST. Other reports in China said 14:00 hours (2PM locally), but the Xiaomi clock goes to zero hour at 10AM local China time.
To review: The CUBE Talk9X has a Retina-class 9.7 inch IGZO screen, an octa-core MediaTek 8392 CPU with peak frequency of 2GHz (allegedly), 2GBs of RAM, 16GBs of internal storage, a 2MP front and 8MP back camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, a 10,000mAh battery, and 3G (WCDMA + TD-SCDMA dual 3G, compatible with GSM — at least in China and probably Europe too). It runs Android 4.4 — without any modifications, from the looks of it.