Hanging out at ShowStoppers CES 2012 we didn't see a whole lot of tablet specific booths while roaming the isles but in the convention center it was another story. Rockchip was out and around sporting a few new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets so we gave them a quick look.
Ramos is teasing a new tablet range for CES 2011, and while fresh slates won't be in short supply at the show next week, the Ramos W15 does have something to help differentiate it. Fronted by an 8-inch, 16:9-aspect touchscreen, the W15 uses Rockchip's new RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 SoC which, benchmarking earlier this week showed, promises to deliver both high performance and bargain pricing.
Rockchip's Android-based desk phone was one of the sleeper surprises at IFA 2010, and having seen Engadget Chinese's video demo we're finding we'd quite like on of our own. The unnamed phone places VoIP calls over WiFi or your mobile network, but also allows for video calls, web browsing and multimedia playback.
Android-based landline phonerenders are one thing, but Rockchip has been quietly beavering away at the real thing. Tucked away at IFA 2010 last week was the Rockchip Android phone, a desk-bound device which apparently supports both landline and 3G connections, can be used for video calls and browsing the web.
The approaching onslaught of Android tablets continues apace, with the RAmos W9 tipping its hand in the shape of some engineering prototypes. PC Online grabbed some playtime with the 7-inch Android 2.x slate - which will take on not only the iPad but Samsung's Galaxy Tab - and confirm that it will run one of Rockchip's newer, faster processors (tipped to be the 1GHz RK2818).
ezGear may be better known for their range of console, smartphone and PMP accessories, but the tablet gravy-train has obviously been too much for the company to resist. They've just outed the ezGear SurfBoard 700, a 7-inch WVGA Android MID based on RockChip's RK2818 chipset and offering WiFi b/g, a 2-megapixel camera and HDMI output.
Android tablets are gradually separating into two distinct lines: those from well-known manufacturers, who see the Google platform as a strong contender against Apple's newly-christened iOS, and low-cost OEMs and ODMs who choose it for its free distribution. We're hoping the latter group will tip into a heap of super-cheap MIDs and slates on the market, and a reasonable example is the Acorp EM501R. A 4.8-inch MID based on a 600MHz Rockchip ARM9 CPU, Acorp told ARMDevices they'll sell it at just $88 to distributors.
Having taunted us with one of the most alluring Android MIDs we've seen to date, only to reveal it was a mere husk intended to show off their 720p-capable HD chipset, Rockchip may slowly be working their way back into our good books. RAmos Digital are teasing an upcoming Android device for an event to be held on September 25th, and from the promo shot it looks to be exactly the same as the Rockchip concept.
Full specifications of the RAmos Android MID are unknown, though it's unsurprisingly expected to be ARM based rather than using x86 architecture. It's also tipped to support 1080p MKV (H.264/VC-1), AVI (Xvid/DivX) and various other formats, with bitrates ranging from 30 to 40Mbps.
Now that Archos' Android Internet Tablet has been exposed, it only seems right that the identity of the mysterious slimline Android MID we've been puzzling over these past few weeks should also be confirmed. The touchscreen device is actually a Rockchip concept intended to demonstrate the Chinese chip makers new RK2808 720p-decoding chipset.