I'm big fan of Ainol and now eaven more to me all these look awesome devices. Cant wait for them to come out, i really hope they get something done by christmas. My personal favorite is ofc the Captain.
I like Ainol's devices, but I'm not a fan yet. And I might never become one, depending on how things develop with these new tablets.
The Captain seems to be great, of course. Let's hope the high density display won't make it too expensive and that "8GB" was just a typo (seriously, if Ainol did this to save a few dollars to compensate for the more expensive screen, then they are stupid). Let's also hope that the GC1000 GPU is up to the task and that the Fire/Flame disaster won't be repeated.
Maybe the Hero is already in production with the current AML dual-core stock but for now Ainol has decided to stop with Amlogic and go with Actions ATM7029 quad-core. All "new" products will be with ATM7029.
As I said, it makes sense to have a "budget" 10.1 inch model with lower specs.
What doesn't make sense to me is this:
- Dragon & Legend: It's okay to have one low-res, low-end model with an inferior TN display, but why two of them? And why give the one with the bigger screen a smaller battery? I'd never buy a 7" tablet with anything below 1024x600, especially not if it's TN. But that's just me, maybe these low-res TN models sell like hotcakes?
- Flame II & Venus: The Venus looks like a cheaper Flame II (smaller battery, less flash memory, worse cameras, no flashlight). But why give it GPS? I'd scrap the Venus and add GPS to the Flame II.
- Dream: An 8" model with 4:3 screen. Meh. I prefer 16:10 screens, but for people who don't, why not. However, a resolution of 1280x960 would have been better than 1024x768, but I guess it's a question of price and availability of those screens.
GC1000 is pretty weak. I dont see why they wouldnt' go with the 2000.
I've never heard of the GC1000 before, nor of Vivante
. It seems weak on paper indeed.
A single core Mali-400
(keep in mind that current Ainol tablets have a dual core):
30M tri/s and 1.1G pix/s at 275MHz
44M tri/s and 1.6G pix/s at 400MHz
Compared to a GC1000
48M tri/s and 0.63G pix/s at 630MHz
85M tri/s and 1.1G pix/s at 1100MHz
The triangle rate is ok, but the pixel rate seems low, especially considering the higher frequency. But I'm not a GPU expert.
If the Flame II has the hardware (pop/mosquito) issues sorted and is around £120 then count me in...anyone know about release dates?
There's a trade fair in Hong Kong starting tomorrow, where these new models should be presented, so we'll probably get more info during the next few days.
Edited by Tzul, 12 October 2012 - 03:44 PM.