Hisense Vidaa Pad (Sero 8 Pro): User Report

This is very odd. The Vidaa Pad was announced waaay back in October and only now is it being handled by anyone in China. Hisense did a “reintroduction” at a China trade show recently so maybe it wasn’t released until now?

Anyway, there’s a user report at IMP3Net [Google Translate].

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The box design is very similar to the one outside of China for the Hisense Sero 8 Pro.

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Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: A Time Magazine 100 Influencer

Weibo:

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(Interesting that Jun is posting with a Mi 4 and not the new Note Pro …)

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Chuwi’s “Dreamchaser” Dual-OS Tablet

This will probably be the last of these non-4:3 tablets I post about. They don’t interest me and if I was going to get something like this, I’d stick with a global brand — maybe even the new x7-based Surface 3. Yeah, I know, less powerful than Core-M, more expensive than Chinese x7, but I wouldn’t have to yell all the way to China if something went bad with the hardware.

Weibo:

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WTF: CUBE Crowdfunds Game Tablet

CUBEGameTabFundraisingWho knew Jingdong had a Kickstarter-like site too?

Google Translate: CUBE game consoles tablet suit

The only thing I can think is that CUBE is gauging interest in this.

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Onda V919 4G Air Gets A Review

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Over at IMP3Net [Google Translate].

A 9.7-inch Retina-class screen, 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT8752 CPU at 1.7GHz, 2GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, GPS, and China-compatible 4G. Android 4.4.4 underneath the OndaROM skin.

This scores near 40,000 with AnTuTu 5.6.1. It’s disconcerting that there are now smartphones with more power!

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First Video: Hisense Sero 8 Pro Unboxed

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It’s still not anywhere in the U.S.. But it was just released today in Italy.

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Farewell For Now, ZTE Zmax

T-Mobile suspends sales of ZTE ZMAX, just 7 months after launch

The Comments there indicate it was a very hot seller for both T-Mobile and Metro PCS stores. People believed it was pulled due to a lawsuit against ZTE by Vringo.

Well, if ZTE is to believed, the reason was this:

T-Mobile Suspends ZTE Zmax Sales Because People Are Idiots

Which I find difficult to believe. In all my reading about the phone, I’ve never read of someone trying to remove the damn battery.

There’s still the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and, the latest lust object — with an octa-core CPU and a full HD screen — the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3.

Previously here:

ZTE Zmax To Get Android 5.x
ZTE Zmax Update 2
ZTE Zmax Gets A Review
ZTE Zmax Now US$199.99
Google Books PDF Test: ZTE Zmax
ZTE Zmax: AnTuTu 5.1 Test
ZTE Zmax: Size Comparison
ZTE Announces US$250 5.7-Inch Phone

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R.I.P Artist Herb Trimpe

“Incredible Hulk,” “G.I. Joe” Artist Herb Trimpe Passes Away at Age 75

With a career that spanned more than 45 years, Trimpe worked on a wide variety of the comic industry’s most recognizable characters, notably an era-defining seven-year run on “The Incredible Hulk” in the 1970s. That run included “The Incredible Hulk” #181, which marked the debut of Wolverine; plus the first appearances of Hulk supporting characters including Jim Wilson and Doc Samson, both of whom Trimpe co-created with writer Roy Thomas. In 2014, a page of original art from “The Incredible Hulk” #180, depicting the first cameo appearance of Wolverine, sold for a record-tying $657,250 at auction.

Back in my day, Herb Trimpe = Hulk.

Rest in peace.

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The End Of 4:3 Chinese Tablets Is Coming

Via PadNews are four reports from the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (HKEF) [Google Translate, Google Translate, Google Translate, Google Translate].

And there’s not a single tablet shown that interests me.

99.9% of them are widescreen and the typical seven, eight, and ten inches that have dominated Android tablets.

The Intel/Rockchip SOFIA stuff puts me to sleep. That’s more about Intel trying to save itself than creating something I’d want. Besides, they’ve brought a 3G knife to a 4G gunfight. Here in America, 4G is now available even via pre-pay services such as Metro PCS. So who’d want to get 3G?

With China seemingly ending production of iPad-like tablets, my interest in what goes on over there will quickly diminish.

As it is, I’ve already made a tentative decision about what tablet I want to buy: One of the new high-end 4:3 tablets Samsung is rumored to be releasing soon. I can’t resist their gorgeous Super-AMOLED screen.

iPad? I don’t like what iOS 8 looks like and the more I read of Android — and the more I fondle it in stores — the more I like the flexibility it offers over iOS. Apple’s tablet thinking is becoming fossilized.

Anyway, those of you who bought a 4:3 tablet from China — you’d better enjoy it because there likely won’t be any replacement by the end of this year if the HKEF trend holds.

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CUBE i7: Three OSes?

Weibo:

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I think what it means is that the new CUBE i7 tablet can be ordered with Ubuntu or dual-OS Windows/Android.

And CUBE is doing Windows/Android in a vastly different way than Onda and Teclast.

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