Hey AC Slater,
Thanks for all the updates on the RK3188. I cannot wait to see the first tablets based on this SoC.
Well now, the first A31 tablets are now in users hands and to be honest I am completely underwhelmed.
The GPU seems impressive especially for the clock speed but the CPU is quite poor and they seem to be hampered by a low 1Ghz clock speed and poor battery life.
I have a Ramos W30HD on loan and it is a very nice tablet but it seems that the Exynos 4412 is the opposite of the A31 i.e. very strong CPU performance with OK GPU. It is better balanced than the A31 but still not perfect. I guess I should also consider the Retina screen factor. The Onda V972 screen is 2048 x 1536 so is pushing ~ 3.1 million pixels while the Ramos W30HD is 1920 x 1200 so is pushing ~ 2.3 million. Compare this to a normal 1024 x 768 screen (~ 780,000 pixels) or 1280 x 800 screen (~ 1 million pixels) and you can see that the Retina screen models have to work much harder. Although I really like the screen on the Ramos I would be happier with 1280 x 800 and a longer battery life. Of course both SoCs would also perform better at this resolution.
What we need is more of a balanced performance, ideally strong in both aspects especially on Retina screens. If the RK3188 can pull this off then this will definitely be the one to watch. In fact it goes to show what a great job Rockchip did with the "old" RK3066 which can still give some of these tablets a run for their money. Also manufacturers need to put in bigger batteries for Retina screens or else I cannot see the point.
I agree about the retina screens. I don't want to give up battery and performance to have a retina screen. being a tablet, battery is hugely important and the main reason I haven't jumped on any of the china pads yet. I'm really hoping someone does it right with the 3188 tablets.