Not strictly on topic, this, but as it fits the criteria of being both obscure and handheld and capable of playing games (if you can stand the lack of physical controls) then I’m going to crow bar it into this blog anyway. So there.
Chinese Android tablets are nothing new, but a Chinese Android ‘tablet’ that fits in your pocket with ease and is able to comfortably run the demands of Android 2.3 is thus far unheard of. Step in RockChip. Their RK2918 SoC is based on a Cortex A8 CPU running at 1.0 – 1.2 Ghz (This might be another marketing fib whereby the clock speed is added to the GPU clock speed, but who knows right?). It’s been implemented, coupled with up to 512MB of DDR3 RAM in a few 7″+ tablets in the past month or so and looks to be the first RockChip that can really run Android at an acceptable pace. RockChip have always had a decent implementation of Android available for their SoCs but lacklustre processors were always a bit of a hindrance. Until now…
Manufacturers Window and Cube have both released (or will do very shortly) highly pocketable 5 inch ‘Smart PMPs’ utilising this new SoC, and the offerings look good. “But I have a smart phone” I hear you cry. Well yeah, so do I. “Why would I need something like this?” You don’t. I don’t either, but since when was this about things that you need? 🙂
First up is the Window N50. This one is already available to order at JTShoponline and boasts the following spec:
Processor ARM Cortex A8 RK2918 @ 1.2 Ghz. GPU Vivante GC800. RAM 512MB DDR3. Memory 8GB, with Micro SD card expansion to 32GB . Screen 5 inch capacitive LCD @ 800x480. Supports 4 point multitouch. Camera 0.3MPx front cam. Wireless 802.11b/g/n module. Supports external 3G dongle. OS Android 2.3. Audio Speaker, Mic, 3.5mm (stereo) headset jack. Video 1080P, AVI / MOV / MP4 / RMVB / FLV / MKV. Battery 3200mah (4-6 hours) Size 90x137x13mm
Have some videos courtesy of JTShop. Levels of awesomeness increase tenfold thanks to the AC/DC soundtrack.
Modern Combat 2 Black Pegasus.
The second is the Cube U15GT, which as yet hasn’t made its way to any English language stores. There are plenty on Taobao, could be pre-orders though. From the limited spec available currently, it looks like it might just be identical to the Window N50 with a different shell.
Here’s the Quadrant benchmark for the N50, I’m assuming that’s Chinese for “Your Device” at the top. I wonder if the results are skewed somehow because it seems to leave everything else for dead.
I kind of want one quite a lot. Anyone want to tell me why I’d be an idiot to buy one?