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Thanks to TimoBeil in Comments for pointing it out.
Waaaay back in March, a post on the 5Fans forum said Android 5.0.2 was in progress for the iFive Air [Google Translate]. Since then, nothing more has been posted about it either in the forum or on Weibo.
Today, TimoBeil posted a link to an OMA/CrewRKTablets build of AOSP 5.1.1 for the iFive Air and iFive Mini 4: RK3288: Lollipop has landed on rk32board
Thanks to Vladimir Burnin, who pointed this out in a Comment.
At the Teclast forum, there’s a locked-down post with this headline:
Teclast has not mentioned this on Weibo at all. The forum is usually where Teclast offers cutting-edge ROMs to their faithful customers to test before general release. Most of the posts are locked to the unregistered and access to some posts require a certain number of forum points.
After the break, some of the screensnaps that Vladimir provided, of Remix OS on the Teclast X98 Air 3G.
But this is the one that gets up my nose:
Android Headlines: Dual-OS Tablets May Come Soon From White-Box Vendors
Now, if a report coming from Taiwan is anything to go by, some white-box tablet manufacturers in China are planning to do what big mainstream vendors like Asus and Samsung could not achieve in face of stiff opposition from the giants based out of Mountain View and Redmond. A report claims that some white-box tablet manufacturers are looking to create a whole new sub-category of product – dual-boot devices featuring Android and Windows, a step which could indeed make tablets more attractive among mainstream consumers.
Where the hell has Android Headlines been all this time?
I’ve been writing about these tablets since the first one, back in September 2014!
This has an Intel Atom x5-Z8500. We’re expecting the new 4:3 aspect tablets next month to contain Exynos CPUs. So what strange beast is this that runs Android on Intel with 4GBs of RAM? The x5 seems too mid-range to me to be paired with a whopping 4GBs of RAM. So I’m stumped.
The Sharp AQUOS Xx features a 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080) Full HD S-CG LCD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor along with Adreno 430 GPU. It has 3 GB of RAM and comes with 32 GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box. Due to bezel-less design on the top, the front-facing cameras along with couple of sensors are placed below the display and the earpiece speaker has been replaced with bone conducting technology, much like its predecessor, AQUOS Crystal X. However, Sharp has decided to drop the Crystal branding on this flagship device.
It is equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and CMOS sensor. On the front, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. The bezel-less phablet is 8.7 mm thick.
On the connectivity front, the Sharp AQUOS Xx has 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC. It packs in a 3,000 mAh battery under the hood.
This is an unexpected device with appealing specs!