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1Pad has the coverage of Allwinner’s upcoming CPUs, which includes an octa-core CPU as well as one specialized chip for wearable devices [Google English].
Due to the vagaries of Google Translate, I’m not even going to attempt making sense of the post. Keeping track of ARM designations drives me mad to begin with (I could not tell you the difference between A7 and A9 if you held a gun to my head), so I will leave it up to you readers who have expertise in that area to read the post without me mangling it.
What matters is that IMP3Net reminds us that Onda will be the first tablet maker to use the new Allwinner octa-core CPU in a tablet later this year [Google English]. Hardware specifics are still unavailable — and I repeat that I’d be surprised if Onda put it in an iPad Mini clone. It seems to me they’d want to try it in a higher-end tablet, perhaps even one with a Retina-class display.
The file we ended up with is called “DVFSHelper.java,” and it contains a hard-coded list of every package that is affected by the special CPU boosting mode. According to this file, the function is used exclusively for benchmarks, and it seems to cover all the popular ones. There’s Geekbench, Quadrant, Antutu, Linpack, GFXBench, and even some of Samsung’s own benchmarks. The two functions applied to this list seem to be “PACKAGES_FOR_BOOST_ALL_ADJUSTMENT,” which is no doubt the CPU booster, and “PACKAGES_FOR_LCD_FRAME_RATE_ADJUSTMENT,” which makes it sound like the phone is also altering the display frame rate.
Really, what the hell is the point of cheating?
If you’re so confident in the value of your product, let the damned benchmarks speak for themselves.
And people will always — always! — turn to benchmarks as a buying guide. If it wasn’t for benchmarks, I would have never discovered the lower boundary for my own hardware needs.
AnTuTu X Vs. Onda V812
AnTuTu X: Re-Score Everything!
Allwinner A31s AnTuTu Score Inflation
Chinese CPU Maker Actions Caught In AnTuTu Score Fraud
I’m Disgusted With China’s Cheating
Allwinner: Fraud Inside?
Latest A31s AnTuTu Scores Are Confounding
AnTuTu 3.4 Vs. 4.0
AnTuTu 4.0 Is Coming
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I rarely pimp Kickstarters. There are just too many and bringing up one after another creates fatigue and resentment in people.
So this is just the second Kickstarter I’ve ever mentioned. The first was for writer Eddie Wright — and that went through. I hope this one will too.
Because it’s very special.
More than any other person in my life, he shaped my idea of what the future could be like.
I stopped using Flickr when I hit the limit for free photos. I also transferred everything to a blog.
Things have changed since then. We have tablets with Retina-class screens. Smartphones with 13MP cameras.
I’ll have to think about using Flickr again. But first I’ll really need a pocketable device that’s suitable for such photos.
Anyway, here’s my old Flickr.
Now, when will WordPress up their free image storage to 1TB? I’m already past half of my free 3GBs of space just for this blog.