It’s been a while between these Notes posts because there hasn’t been anything worthy of creating a new post. Even now. I’m not keen on what will be in here but do it so people will know.
For all those looking for an eight-inch tablet that isn’t necessarily an iPad Mini clone, Alcatel — which threatened to release an eight-inch tablet at the last CES but never did — has a new one called the Evo8 [Google English and Google English].
It’s not exactly pretty but it has a true Smart Cover, with an LED built-in that displays an icon for incoming Notifications via 3G. Unfortunately, this has an unknown dual-core CPU, running at 1.6GHz, and a miserly 4GBs of storage. We have to wait for AnTuTu scores and full specs to see if this is worth any money at all. See the posts for embedded videos which I’m not including here.
3G tablets are the New Thing in China and Vido has jumped in the race with the Mini 3G, in an advertorial post [Google English].
It has a standard-sized SIM card slot and does GSM and WCDMA (I write that as if I understand it; I don’t — cellphone frequencies are not my thing). Aside from the standard 1024 x 768 screen, nothing else is known about this tablet. I suspect it has a MediaTek CPU, but RAM and storage are unknown. It’s so new it’s not even on Vido’s website. I wish manufacturers would sync their third-party pimping with their company websites.
The CUBE Talk 79 gets a thorough astroturf post in English: A 7.9-inch Phone — the CUBE Talk 79 Hands-on Review. (Note to newcomers: It’s the artsy photos that reveal it to be astroturf.)
The CUBE Talk 79 is the first 3G-enabled iPad Mini clone. It uses a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek 8389 CPU, has just 1GB of RAM, and 16GBs of storage. It does the usual WCDMA and GSM. What it does not do is external storage — there’s no microSD card slot!
I don’t know about everyone else, but having a microSD card slot is a key feature Android has over iOS and why I even bother to look at Android devices.
Those who think we’ll just keep downloading (and re-downloading) stuff from “The Cloud” are, to be charitable, mistaken.
Just yesterday best-selling writer Susan Orlean was waiting for a plane and tried to download a movie to watch beforehand:
No, let me be blunt: Those who think “The Cloud” is the answer have their heads up their asses. I have hundreds of GBs of stuff on a hard drive, much of which cannot be downloaded from “The Cloud” and that’s why microSD cards were invented, dammit. Take your spy-infested and hacker-vulnerable “Cloud” and shove it. Card storage forever!
The mysterious ONN tablet from several months ago has finally appeared — and it has 3G [Google English].
The ONN M7 has a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek 8389 CPU, has 1GB of RAM, a stingy 8GBs of storage, 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, and a 4,000mAh battery. It does the usual WCDMA and GSM. Notably, it does not ship with a charger. Instead, it expects users to charge via USB, one of the few tablets to offer that.
And it has a microSD card slot, unlike the CUBE Talk 79.
It also has built-in fraud:
The back has twin speakers grilles but there’s actually only one speaker.
This is a tablet with more than just speaker fraud as its problem. Read the full review. They say this is more targeted for overseas sales. My advice is to avoid it.
The Tomato T1 tablet gets some advertorial hype [Google English].
This was covered in detail earlier here: Two Tomato Tablets. I mention this tablet again because I really like the look of their pimping slides (sample above). This company has taste. I also like the silly name, Tomato. It has an Apple-like appeal. Their Tomato logo is also striking. Photos demonstrating its phone working are available in a different advertorial post [Google English].
In an advertorial post [Google English], Teclast pimps the WiDi ability of its powerful Atom-based P89 Mini tablet.
I think that’s the true future of TV: It’s just a large screen with wireless connectivity. TV makers have other ideas — they want a “Smart TV” that will spy on us. No.
Finally, Colorfly seems to be introducing an eight-inch tablet with the Rockchip 3188, leaked via an astroturf forum post [Google English]:
I know the renders make it look widescreen but the rumored spec for the screen is 1024 x 768. So this might be an iPad Mini clone, like the U781 Q1. Or not. Colorfly’s 781 is one of the better-built clones with the best camera of the bunch [Google English], hampered by an A31s CPU. If they can do a 781 with a Rockchip 3188, it’d be formidable. But if they’re aiming for a price of 529, don’t expect anything you’d want to buy. It’ll likely be a cheap plastic slab. And if the rumored 1GB of RAM stands, it won’t do MultiWindow Android, which would be a real lost opportunity. Their build quality would make people flock to them if they offered a 781 with a Rockchip 3188 and 2GBs of RAM. They’d dethrone Chuwi — which is popular only because it was first offering 2GBs of RAM — easily.
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