PadNews states that samples of the new Rockchip 3288 CPU should be making their way to tablet makers in March and we can expect manufacturing to begin in May [Google Translate].
Given the way things work in China, early hype for 3288-based tablets should begin in April. And nothing will ship to customers until June or even July.
The consensus is that the 3288 will be used first in higher-priced large-screen tablets, 9.7- and 10.1-inch. Supplies of Retina-class displays are readily available for those. It could be a while before we see a Retina-class iPad Mini clone with the 3288 — unless Five Technology does it.