The Ampe A10 10.1" HD-IPS Tablet is the very first QuadCore China MID Tablet in the town. Built with a 1.2GHz QuadCore ARM Cortex A9 processor called Freescale i.MX6 which is suppose to outperform any DualCore Cortex A9 processor out-there, and a QuadCore Vivante GC2000 graphics which is also comparable to a QuadCore Mali400 graphics (maybe a little-bit less) performance that some Cortex A9 chipsets also offers like Rockchip RK3066 or Samsung Exynos 4412 processors. However, I am not quite sure about Heavy 3D Games compatibility on this graphics processor. It might support less games than the popular Mali400, PowerVR, QualComm, and Tegra graphics. A good build.prop fingerprints might fix some compatibility but I'll take that with a grain of salt.
Aside on having QuadCore CPU/GPU, Ampe A10 does also give users a peace of mind for resource hog applications by putting a 1GB RAM and 16GB of Storage with a chance to expand to max. 32GB or even 64GB of microSD card using microSD slot. A built-in Bluetooth is also included together with 802.11 B/G/N Wi-Fi. A huge 8000mAh battery which is estimated to power the Tablet upto 8-hours of usage (That's perfect, we just hope this Freescale i.MX6 QuadCore processor is a power efficient). It runs on Android OS 4.0.4 IceCreamSandwich which is common to mostly offered Tablets as of now but I do really hope it could have a stable JellyBean 4.1 OS too.
The Ampe A10 QuadCore 10.1" HD-IPS Tablet is already available at an Online Store based in Shenzhen China
for such cheap US$219.99 including a world-wide free shipping.
The screen uses a beautiful IPS panel and an astonishing 1280x800px HD resolution which gives this Tablet not just an amazing 180º view capability in all angles without loosing any image quality but also a vivid, rich-colors experience of HD Pictures and Movies. It is also perfect for e-Books, Magazine readers as it has very good "Pixel Per Inch" which will makes text clear and very readable. The screen is then protected by a scratch resist Glass screen.
We can also notice the small black dot on the top-middle of the screen bezel which is the 0.3MP front facing Camera. Meh! Let's just hope its clear and usable on Video Calling like Skype and Gtalk.
The whole back-side of the Tablet is covered with an Aluminum-Shell material. It doesn't comes with a unique design, just plain and simple. The middle-top portion is where the 2.0MP rear facing camera and the Stereo loudspeaker are located. The Camera doesn't have any LED flash and don't expect perfect quality pictures/videos here. Itcan be useful capturing a not so important event.
We do not know yet how good or bad the quality of sound the Stereo loudspeaker will produce but the position of the speaker is already telling us that we cannot lay-down this Tablet on the top of desk or table while watching videos or listening musics.
We have at-least a complete availability of Tablet Interface ports which are located on the right-side of the Tablet. It has the following: 1x micro-USB with OTG function so you can connect and use your USB drives or a supported external USB-3G dongles, 1x mini-HDMI port which is very useful to extend your display into a larger screen or TV while watching your favorite HD movies at home, 1x micro-SD slot which could support upto 32GB or even 64GB of micro-SDCard, 1x 3.5mm Audio port for Earpohnes or Headphones, 1x 2.5mm Wall-Charger port, and a two tiny hole which would probably for microphone and reset switch.
On the top-corner side of the Tablets we have a main Power Button and Volume Rockers (or maybe a Home and Menu Buttons). If its Home/Menu buttons, then expect soft-touch Volume buttons on the ICS Status Bar. We can also notice the thickness of this Tablet which is approximately 11mm thick, 0.5mm to 1mm thicker than other brands with same size. Anyway, it still does look like sleek Tablet because of the smooth rounded-edge sides and corners. Hopefully, build quality is also as good like these pictures are.
The Tablet weighs 657grams, much lighter than Cube U20GT's 680grams. But heavier than PiPO M2's 608grams.
We still don't have actual data yet on how Ampe A10 QuadCore 10.1" HD-IPS Tablet will perform, but base on some early benchmarks of the Freescale i.MX6 processor with Vivante GC2000 graphics, I am expecting this Tablet to outperform all cheap DualCore Cortex A9 chipsets like RockChip RK3066, AMLogic-8726 M6 that most of cheap China brands are using as of now. Though it may not be as powerful as Nvidia Tegra 3 or Samsung Exynos 4412 QuadCore but this thing will surely gain some respect and good position on Tablet market.
I will update this blog whenever I found a performance comparison of this Tablet against other DualCore/QuadCore 9.7" or 10.1" cheap China MID Tablets or expensive known brands like Samsung and Apple.