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].
They made a drastic, dramatic, and absolutely brain-dead stupid change to the posting area in WordPressdotcom yesterday.
Another WordPress user illustrates it:
The graphics card of the Onda V975w — as well as Teclast X98 3G, Teclast X98 Air, and Windows tablets coming out of China from Ramos, Colorfly, Pipo, and others — shares a part of the internal memory. On tablets with 2GBs of RAM, 512MBs are allocated for graphics.
For those users who don’t plan to run large games, that allocation is a waste and could lead to situations where the tablet crashes due to insufficient RAM.
The following instructions to recover more RAM for programs was adapted from a post at ZOL [Google Translate].
Anyone in the market for a Windows tablet from China would do well to Bookmark this post for future reference.
I don’t know how well Onda moderates its BBS or if these reports are even true, but I pass them along as reference material until we have owner reports at other forums.
User xiangxb reports HDMI not working properly after a V975i is flashed to Windows 8.1 [Google Translate].
User litongbao [Google Translate]:
There are problems in order to stabilize the machine out first large sale Yeah, this old machine crashes, instability ah
And this time PadNews is caught laundering press material from Onda about the V989 tablet.
IMP3Net lead image:
PadNews lead image:
In a Weibo communique, the official Onda account announced the availability of the V975w, something Onda Service previously announced.
# # Onda V957w small quad flat system of genuine win8.1 tablet can now purchase the micro-channel Mall friends. Global paragraph 9.7 below 500 g air-inch screen tablet, Intel Baytrail-T Z3735 quad-core, built 599 genuine office software, work and play correct. Opening the big picture to see the details, attention to micro-channel public number “Onda Tablet PC” or poking Figure scan code into the “Products”, you can take a small up [lxhx meow]