Whimsically monikered Chinese chip-maker Allwinner has added a pair of ARM Cortex-A7 processors to its lineup supporting Android 4.2 or higher systems.
The A20 is a dual-core design with 512KB L2 cache, dual-core Mali 400 graphics and 2160p HD video playback support, while the quad-core A31 packs a 1MB cache, PowerVR SGX 544 graphics and UHDTV (4k) video decoding talents.
The A20 is pin compatible with its Linux-hobbyist favorite sibling, the A10 -- meaning devices such as the MK802 mini-PC using that chip could likely be upgraded by manufacturers on the cheap. However, the more powerful A31 seems destined for higher-end Android or Windows RT devices only, considering its beefier PowerVR graphics. On top of the extra zip, licensor Imagination Technologies keeps its source code cards close to the chest -- likely ruling out Linux for that chip.
The first tablet to use this little beast was developed by "Onda" in their V972 model, that includes a Retina Screen, USB 3.0 support, Dual Camera and 2GB of RAM. Its price is around $260.
These are Onda V972's specs:
SoC – AllWinner A31 Quad Core A7 + 8 Core Power VR SGX544MP2 GPU
System Memory – 2GB DDR3
Storage – 16GB Flash + microSD socket
Display – 9.7″ capacitive touchscreen IPS display (Resolution: 2048*1536)
Camera – 5.0MP rear camera with Auto Focus and 2.0MP front camera
Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Display and Direct support
USB – USB 3.0 port. 3G support via external dongle.
Video Playback – 4K HD Video Playback supporting MP4/3GP/3G2/RM/RMVB/ASF/FLAC/APE/MOV etc…
Audio Codecs – MP3/WMA/FLAC/APE/WAV/RA/Ogg/MIDI/3GP etc.
Audio Out- 3.5mm headphone jack
Sensor – Gravity
Battery – 8000mAh Li-Poly lasting 8 to 10 hours on a single charge.
Dimensions - 242*187.5*9.8mm
Weight – 649 grams
Some other Chinese brands like Ployer and ICOO are also developing new tablets that will use this processor.
Whoever says all Chinese tablets are cheap knockoffs should read this