- Nov 25, 2012
Global & sourcing - Mobile & Wireless China Sourcing Fair
Location: Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong, China
Time: April, 12 -15
Mobile & Wireless China Sourcing Fair is Asias biggest Mobile & Wireless show which is held twice a year in Hong Kong. Today is the first day of the show, and I am here sharing with you what I have seen.
Topic 1: Windows Tablet
There are really a huge number of windows tablets being shown this year, all using identical hardware Intel Atom Bay-Trail Quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, so there is no wonderful surprise here, but I did find some standouts.
RAMOS i10pro is among the first Bay-trail tablets to be able to house both Windows 8 and Android. The only tricky thing is that whenever you want to switch to the other OS, a reboot is needed.
The 10.1-inch IPS display (1920*1200) looks amazing, but I am concerned about whether the Bay-trail Z3740D processor is able to power that many pixels without recurrent hiccups and delays. I would say it performed well during the 2 -3 minutes on my hand.
The colorful back shell really gave the tablet and younger and more premium feel.
The RAMOS i10 can also be connected to 3G network by using a HUAWEI 3G dongle, but there only a dongle slot on board, the users need to purchase the dongle themselves.
Most of the tablet maker only installed an unlicensed version of Windows 8.1 on their tablets, but there are a few manufacturers which manage to keep their tablets still affordable after including authentic Windows 8.1 and Office.
And some manufacturer hope to woo the buyers by some more attractive design.
There are also many more portable 8-inch Windows tablets, but few of them are as good looking as the Acer Iconia W4 or the Lenovo MiiX 8.
Topic 2: 3G Calling Tablets
Almost all the tablet makers are now incorporating phone functionalities into some of their tablet products, and MediaTek solutions are always their No.1 choice. A lot of the booths are showing Octa-core tablets with full phone functionalities, but the real standouts are from Acube.
1) Acube Talk 69
The Acube Talk 69 is arguably the best-looking Chinese 3G tablet, with clean design, solid build, and an astonishing 6.9-inch Full HD IPS display, it is really one of the most attractive machines at the show.
The Acube Talk 69 is running stock Android 4.3, but will be updated to Android 4.4 Kitkat before its mass production. The MediaTek MT8392 Octa-core processor has no trouble handling the tasks smoothly on the Talk 69.
The tablet is very slim, and the metal rim gives it a cool and premium feel.
The back of the tablet is almost identical to that of the SONY Xperia Ultra, I am personally a huge fan of that design.The 2MP Front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing camera should do very well with capturing decent photos.
2) Acube Talk 98
The Acube Talk 98 is probably the most ambitious product Acube has ever released, some of the features are just seemingly too aggressive to put into a 3G calling tablet. 5MP front-facing camera/13mp rear-facing camera, 9.7-inch retina display, Octa-core processor and 2GB RAM.
Fortunately, the tablet is not as heavy as it seems, as the chassis is partially plastic.
The rear-facing camera feels good on the 2048*1536 display, and the tablet is as fast as the Talk 69 in terms of overall speed.
Ainol is also showing their Octa-core 3G tablets, but I didnt have time to take a closer look at their offerings, the only thing I know is that their products range from 6 inches to 10 inches.
Most of the other manufactures only showed replicas of their Octa-core 3G tablets as the real ones are not made yet.