Chip maker Rockchip claims worlds first Android 4.0 ICS Tablet

November 25, 2011
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We've already seen tons of ROM's and ports slowly making their way to Android phones and tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now that the source code is available. Today Chinese processor and tablet maker Rockchip claim to have the worlds first Android 4.0 ICS tablet and it will be ready to ship in the first weeks of December.

Rockchip may or may not sound familiar. They are in-part to blame for the masses of cheap Android tablets that hit Ebay with Android 2.2 and 2.3 back when Android tablets were just starting to hit the market, and many were branded as Rockchip tablets themselves or with 3rd party names. However, none of them had that great of performance sadly. The new RK2918 is a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex chip that should play a bit nicer and improve performance, not to mention we'll have the butter smooth Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for our OS. Here is a video demonstration with the new Rockchip tablet below:

Chinese-made tablets powered by the Rockchip processor will most likely be among the cheapest tablets available. And if they do start shipping in December I'll bet you money Ebay will be flooded with cheaply made and chunky clunky tablets with lucrative pricing very soon. Don't get me wrong though, we could see a few nicely designed, sized, and priced tablets from these same chips that would make excellent presents or stocking stuffers. I'll be letting the first few waves pass and most likely just snag the ASUS Transformer Prime instead.

[via PR Newswire]


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  • timbox100

    Can any one play that video? Or have a link that works, if you can see it upload it to youtube please

    Ok prediction time
    If ICS plays nice on the new tablets and is smooth using the rockchip then I see Android tablets going big time. You will soon when the CPU speed bets the lag issues a shed load of great cheap tablets hitting the market. 

    I would love a Asus Transformer Prime but I will have to wait :(

    Rant why the hell in the stores do the Android tablets have no decent demo software?

  • Anthony

    Android doesn’t lag because of the hardware it lags because of there being no hardware acceleration till Honeycomb which is still poor because its a messed and was only to serve one purpose which has been done and with ICS there will be a performance boost and all the problems with honeycomb are pretty much dead. ICS for tablets are in demo stage its still a work in progress and this is the worst I’ve seen performance wise just look at it running on the Asus Transformer prime its so much quicker so that tells me someone’s team sucks at software or this is extremely early

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