Before you read this article below, please name some of the cores or processors that the tablets PC are based on. Your answers maybe like VIA, AMLogic, Samsung S5PV210 and so on. Let’s put this aside for a little while. Have you ever noticed this phenomenon: in the old times, 2 or 3 months before the Christmas, the trade volume always reach its peak, and it’s also the boom season for the companies that deal with the export. But what’s weird is that even now, the sale is nothing but ordinary. What’s worse, for some companies, their sale is descended compared to Aug. and Sep.
I guess what will happen in the next several months of the tablet market is the spot that people focus on. But that’s hard to predict perfectly. So I will try my best and maybe there’s something you need to know about this.
Firstly, the VIA8650 will face a big challenge. Among all the trade volume, this type of tablet plays a very important role, but there are so many people want a share, that makes the more volume but less money. Also, the low price advantage of the VIA 8650 is fading away due to the mark down of the other Cortex A8 and A9. let’ s take TCC8902 and Infotmic IX210 for example, the price of the 7- inch tablets that are based on these two cores is at the same level as the ones that are based on VIA8650. About the larger inchers, prices of AMLogic and Vimicro are just a little higher than VIA 8650, not mention the brand new ARM A10, which has a rumour that the price will be lower than VIA8650 next month. So, this “not so bad” trade volume of VIA8650 will be over next year.
Come up next is the war between Rockchip RK2918, Quanzhi A10 (ALLWINNER A10), Vimicro VC882 and AMLogic8726, which are all at similar prices at present.
Although the price of Rockchip is the highest, with the strong support from some domestic brand such as Koobee, WINDOW, Ramos and teclast, it can still survive from this war.
Quanzhi A10 (ALLWINNER A10):
This is a incredible surprise. In shortest time, but with a good stability, the trade volume has exceeded 100,000. And it will be better.
7-inch tablets PC market is not the only battlefield which Vimicro has got involved; Vimicro will pay their attention to the 10-inch tablet PCs market on the next step. Compared to the 7-inch tablets PC market, the later is much better.
This core went to the public for a very long time, with the support of Ramos and AINOT at the early stage, this A9 core has a good foundation. But it’s hard to tell whether the trade volume will make a breakthrough in the future. Besides, after 8726, comes the M3, the cost maybe will lower.
After the domestic cores, let’s have a look at the abroad A8/A9 cores such as Samsung PV210, Freescale iMX515, Renesas A9, and the so called best dual core-Tegra 2.
Samsung core is a mature one. Just like Saayi 7-inch Samsung PV210 series and Aishuo 8-inch Samsung PV210 series, while the trade volume is not that much like VIA 8650, but earning money is the most important thing, isn’t? In the next few months, the trade volume will still increase, and will keep on until the T2 come to the public.
There are no famous products that are based on Freescale core and equipped with 7/8 inch screen. But the 9.7-inch with style design of iPad is worth mentioning. But with the high price, the trade volume is not that expected.
Several months ago, EsPad released a 7-inch capacitive screen tablet based on this core, but the price is still seems much higher than the domestic tablets that are at the same level. So the price is the spot if they want a good trade volume.
Dual core A9, pretty amazing, right? But the truth is that at the present stage, the trade volume is small and the stability is not that good. Maybe one or two months later, it will be much better. Still, the price is everything.
Compared to the cores above, there are some other excellent ones will come to the stage. Rumour has that a single core A9 will come to the public, it maybe the VIA8850, whatever it is, we will know in this month. But the first season next year will be the earliest time if the tablet that is based on this core comes to the stage. Besides, MTK and Huawei that deal with mobile phone core will launch a dual core A9 for the tablet PC in the first season next year. But that would be the latter half of the next year when the price of these cores becomes to an average level. After the join of these producers of the mobile phone cores, there are surely more and more producers of the mobile phones will share a piece of the MID market. Until then, the real war will begin.