Just ordered what I consider one of the most interesting pieces of hardware out right now, so will be doing a review soon after it gets here in like a week:Onda v919 Core M
It's the same screen as an Ipad except with Intel Core M internals. There's been many tablets in China released like this before, but they all used Bay Trail and Cherry Trail SoC, which is 1/2 as powerful as the Core M.
The first reason this tablet is interesting is because most tablet and laptop screens look terrible. They either have terrible contrast and colors, or a huge gap between the touch surface and screen which gives it a bad white haze that also makes you go crosseyed looking at it. The third problem most have is pulse width modulation, a strobing 200hz that usually gives you a huge headache after 5 minutes.
Out of all tablet screens, only the Surface 3 pro, Ipad screen, and Samsung AMOLED screens actually look good. The Surface 3 pro has PWM under 55% brightness, meaning you're forced to use it at 200cdm2, and the Samsung has PWM at all levels, leaving the Ipad screen as the only known good one.
For the older Bay Trail and Cherry Trail tablets, the most demanding thing they can run really is just the PSP emulator. The Core M can run most PS2 and Wii emulator games, while also playing games like Resident Evil 5, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, etc, at 45-60 FPS at 720p resolution, or games like League of Legends at 60 fps with 1080p on medium. So it has just enough power to do some interesting stuff.
Picture of some other guy benching it below. In comparison, the best Intel Atom gets 900-1000 single core score, an i3-4020Y Surface 3 Pro gets 1550, and a 15w TDP broadwell i3-5200u in newest laptops gets 2200.
All Chinese tablets are known to be a lottery where some have problems and some don't, but here's the pluses and minuses of this one.Plus
- About as good as you can get for screen
- If you have the balls to open it, it has a real m.2 SSD instead of emc, so you can upgrade it to one of the 256GB ones while also having an SSD card slot for a total of 384 gigs of storage (might be a 512g version too, but not sure at the smallest m.2 size).
- BIOS is supposedly fully unlocked even exposing things like overclocking settings
- Can dual boot Win 10 + Android 5
- Probably the most powerful x86 device you can get in the smallest form factor
- Best thing I've seen for creating an all in one console emulator boxMinuses
- The default BIOS has a setting where the CPU throttles to 800mhz if the tablet surface reaches 40c. You need to raise it higher to prevent throttling.
- Reports of both Wifi and Bluetooth dropping a lot in versions at release. People surmised that the manufacturer forgot to plug in the antennas or something. Not sure if this is still a problem.
- Some come with only Win 10 in Chinese, or Win 10 + Android 5 in Chinese. Some even send you a KMS Win 10. If you try to change language, it won't boot, so you need to install your own Win 8.1, Win 10, or Ubuntu with USB stick. If you install Windows 10 English within Chinese Windows via USB stick and don't touch partitions, supposedly the Android dual boot functionality will stay.
- The Android 5 it comes with is in Chinese (but can be changed to English), but supposedly doesn't come with Gapps installed, and is difficult but possible to get it installed. The device doesn't appear when connected to a host computer via USB so will be hard to root as well. It's possible a good Android ROM could be created for it by a 3rd party since it's been done for the Chinese Teclast Air II Bay Trail tablet.Edited by r0ach - 10/28/15 at 4:24am