Oct 12 2014

Hardware inside the Hudl 2

Category: chipsets,standalone chipwpgeorge @ 10:01 am

I am starting to gather some information related to hardware inside Tesco’s flagship Hudl 2 tablet recently out.

First, it has a 1.83GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735D CPU.

This CPU model was launched in Quarter 1, 2014

http://ark.intel.com/products/80272/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3735D-2M-Cache-up-to-1_83-GHz

Based on the definition from Notebookcheck.net, the chip is already used in Netbooks and based on Intel’s Silvermont architecture

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Atom-Z3735D-Tablet-SoC.116932.0.html

Here’s an example of one such Netbook, the Voyo WinPad (running on a Windows platform)

Here’s the output of the lsmod command so that we can see some of the drivers that are loaded:

 

atomisp_css2400b0_v21 662245 0 - Live 0x00000000
mt9m114_raw 18568 1 - Live 0x00000000
ar0543 23234 1 - Live 0x00000000
libmsrlisthelper 12806 0 - Live 0x00000000
vxd392 87745 0 - Live 0x00000000
videobuf_vmalloc 13188 1 atomisp_css2400b0_v21, Live 0x00000000
videobuf_core 24013 2 atomisp_css2400b0_v21,videobuf_vmalloc, Live 0x00000000
bcm_bt_lpm 13877 0 - Live 0x00000000
hdmi_audio 39013 0 - Live 0x00000000
bcm4334x 484613 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)

 The BCM4434 – WiFi

This is the WiFi Card.  The BCM4434 is described on Broadcomm’s web page.

AR0543- the Aptina Camera sensor driver

This is hardware by Aptina (Micron) and its technical data is available from the manufacturer’s website

Additional Information

Tesco goes for the jugular with the hudl 2, and serves up an attractive, 8.3in Full-HD Android device for only £129

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Dec 06 2013

Vodafone Smart Mini -Alcatel 975 Powerful and affordable

Category: Device descriptionwpgeorge @ 9:46 pm

The Vodafone Smart Mini continues to amaze on a niche that Vodafone has taken by storm.

This is an Alcatel 975 phone and it is one of the lowest cost phones I have reviewed while at the same time keeping up with a later version of Android (4.1.1).

This is the first time I will be able to work with a version of Android with such features as disabling applications and increased availability of applications.

Some of the its heavier applications can be removed in full such as Facebook.

As a developer, I will be documenting very closely my progress with making this phone have the most performance without rooting.

The processor speed of 1 Mhz makes it very responsive.  The 512 built-in RAM is quite appropriate and although it sounds like a lot already for the default application set, I will be trying to get it to use less like Rosie does.

 

62x115x12mm, 118g, 3.5″ 320×480 display, MediaTek MT6575, 1000MHz CPU, 512MiB RAM, 3815MiB ROM, Google Android 4.1.1, WLAN, GPS, 1.9MP cam, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA,

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Sep 01 2013

Scroll Essential II Tablet – Upgradeable and low cost

Category: Device descriptionwpgeorge @ 11:35 am

I have started noticing the Scroll Essential II, a low-cost tablet whose website offers lots of support and technical information.

The lack of GPS is a deal-breaker for me but this is already the right mix of features for the best price.

One of the advantages of this tablet is that if you have the 4.0 version of the tablet, there is a very well documented firmware upgrade available to Android 4.1.

upgrade.pdf.manual.android.tablet.essential.ii

 

We would like to encourage Storage Options, makers of the device, to keep the upgrades flowing now that Android 4.2 has arrived.  Keeping existing tablets up to date will help create a strong user base as even people who buy devices with 4.0 can have the latest software at all times.

 

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