In an advertorial post at IMP3Net, Tomato pimps the video playback capabilities of its T2 tablet [Google English].
The Tomato T2 is a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5410-based tablet with 2GBs of RAM and a 1024 x 768 screen. It’s an iPad Mini clone in a body styled after the latest-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab.
If the above photo didn’t puzzle you, you haven’t been paying attention.
Previously we’ve seen it in all white, like a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Tomato has surprised us by adding a black & blue model:
The render lacks the blue Home button of the photo. I hope the finished version has that blue Home button. It’s a nice touch.
The second surprise from Tomato is that there will be two versions: one with 16GBs of storage and one with 32GBs. This is the first iPad Mini clone to offer that.
There are two Youku videos at the post demonstrating video playback, which I’m not going to embed here, so pop over there to see them.
The bit of information that popped out at me was this claim:
64bit dual channel LPDDR3-800MHz RAM, bandwidth of up to 12.8GB / s
If that’s true, it’s really stunning.
To put that in perspective, see this post [Google English] that dissects the failure of Chinese Retina-class tablets against the Retina iPad.
To summarize, the RAM on the best of the Chinese Retina-class tablets is just 600MHz with a bandwidth of almost 5GBs/second. A Retina iPad has a “crazy” bandwidth of about 17GBs/second. So 12GBs/second for the Tomato T2 is a huge improvement. And since its screen is only 1024 x 768, it should scream like no other iPad Mini clone. It might even outclass the HP Slate 8 Pro with its Tegra 4 CPU, which has to drive a 1600 x 1200 screen.
Should LG screw up the price of the G Pad 8.3 and HP somehow screw up the Slate 8 Pro, I’d be very, very tempted to go with the Tomato T2 based on its specs. So this is why I’m keeping coverage of it alive, to see if the upcoming reviews and user experiences live up to its specs.
Over in China, Tomato is soliciting people who have used Tegra 4-, Snapdragon 600/800-, and Exynos-based devices to test the T2. That’s not the kind of test that would prove anything. Doing the massive Google Books PDFs I test would tell the whole story. They tax hardware and software like no game or video can.
One more thing: Will this has a true 24/32-bit color screen? It’s already been revealed in China that several vendors are cutting corners by including 16-bit color screens. This is why I wait for reviews — but especially for user reviews. The 16-bit color screen scandal has never been reported by any tech site. It was revealed by users.