A Budget Cortex A8 iPad Clone with Android 2.2 - Utopia Technology 'Apad IMX515'

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  1. xaueious

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    Yet another new Android tablet is about to be released in China - a Freescale iMX515 based iPad clone called the Apad IMX515, with Android 2.2 and full Adobe Flash support.

    I suppose this is the best iPad clone to come out on the market, if there's a category for such a device. While there is some rationale behind copying the iPad design, this is a bit of a wasted effort for an otherwise fully loaded yet (relatively) inexpensive device.

    Speaking of its 'inspired' hardware design, it has a 8" display with a 800x600 4:3 aspect ratio, it is slightly smaller than the real thing while matching its aspect ratio. A 30-pin connector is used for data transfer. It also shares the iconic circular button with the square in the middle, as well as rocker buttons along the edge.

    Despite being equipped with a single touch resistive touchscreen, the response seen from videos seems to be nimble enough for some gaming using finger input without the use of a stylus, reminiscent of the Apad iRobot with the Rockchip RK2808 chipset.

    Surely the price tag alone would attract some buyers, retailing at 1399RMB (~210USD). In terms of promised features, it runs Android 2.2 with a g-sensor, full Adobe Flash support, 720p video decoding, with a Freescale iMX515 Cortex A8 processor.

    This would be only the second or third Android 2.2 tablet released out of China besides the Witstech A81E and the Apad-shell Samsung S3C6410 based 7" tablets.

    We are waiting for an actual hands-on for the device. However, this is one of the more promising devices to come out of China, especially considering the price tag and the features. But before you hop onboard, competing devices from Archos and other major brands are poised to ship by the time you make the order for this device and have it shipped overseas. Tegra 2 devices are also set to launch within this month, such as the Malata Zpad. However, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything else matching the features and price for this tablet probably for months to come. Build quality will make or break this as a viable alternative.

    Specifications (from HiApad)
    CPU: Freescale iMX515 Cortex A8 CPU
    OS: Google Android 2.2 Froyo (Supports Adobe Flash 10.1)
    RAM: 512MB DDR2
    ROM: 4GB (integrated microSDHC card for ease of upgrades)
    Expansion: 32GB microSDHC
    Display: 800×600 8″ TFT-LCD
    Casing: Utopia Technology Designed Snap-fit Plsatic Assembly
    Buttons (3): On/off switch, front back key, side Home and Menu buttons
    Input Hardware: Single touch resisitve touch panel
    Audio in: Integrated microphone
    Audio out: 3.5mm standard headphone jack, integrated speakers
    Data port: 30pin
    Power adapter: 9V 1.5A
    Integrated battery: 3900mah (4 hours of continuous wifi surfing)
    Supported video formats: MKV (H.264 HP)/RMVB/MPEG-4/FLV 720p multi-format video decoding
    Supported picture formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
    Dimensions: 209×161.5×14mm
    Mass: 480g

    Sources
    UtopiaCN Official Webpage
    HiApad.com (Utopia Technology Unofficial Blog)
     
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    I just got my apad IMX515 at a price of 199 € to get the transit-only 5 days from apadshop.de
    Test the unit and will report later.
     
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    so Knolle -- is it Single or Multi-touch, can you FInger Pinch zoom ?
     
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    I am hoping to see more in person to compare with ipad.
     
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    Hows it looking? do you think you could also post a video review this way we can see the response time and what not??
     
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    There doesn't seem to be a camera
     
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    I just bought one today and hope it arrives next week...as they say. I have put together a few things to test on it. My seuggestion is that you send me your list of tests you wnat me to run on it. this way, we can be sure that we will get the best feedback and be able to help our community make the right decisions. So bring your questions on....
    cheers!
     
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    Yeah same here
     
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    Whay did you buy exactly?
     
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    Did someone received this tablet? If yes, could You give us some insightful review ;-) I would like to know (Your opinion): How long battery lasts (no video playback but surfing test)? How responsive is the screen? How good is the quality of build? Is something bugging You while using it? And anything interesting about this tablet...
     
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    Has anyone had hands on yet as mine is on its way
     

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