Absolutely nothing new lately.

We have still been selling Ainol Hero & Crystal, Zenithink C93.  The C97 line was dropped by Zenithink.  I guess their margin wasn’t high enough on that product. Which is a shame because it really is a nice product.  Very solid tablet, great looking LCD, super low returns.  The C93 sells very well though so maybe that’s the real issue is the C97 just didn’t sell enough.  They told me they were going to put a quad-core chip in the C97.  If they put the freescale chip in it, I will take my palm and smack my face with it.  Freescale, your chip sucks.  I hope someone high up in your company is reading this.  I thought you guys were supposed to be one of the leaders in microchip technology. When I used to purchase electronics I couldn’t tell you how many freescale products I’ve had to buy over the years for my salespersons.  It just baffles me that this chip is just not right.  And your source codes are nowhere to be found so people can help you fix it.

We will more than likely be carrying the Ainol 9″ spark(Or whatever it is going to be called).  We will get a couple hundred pieces to do a test run.  Like I have said in other posts, the A31 chip is decent but it has some ways to go.  I did have to modify the software to make certain things works, and yes they still need a Kernel revision to fix some GPU crashes I was getting. But last year when Allwinner came out with their A10 chips, Ainol had the best stock firmware for them.  So let’s hope they repeat this year.  Or at least repeat for the small window between now and when Amlogic releases their quad-core chip.

That is all for now.

2 Responses to “Absolutely nothing new lately.”

  1. Jeff Kroll Says:

    Frank, looking at the Zenithink website, it looks like the C98 will replace the C97? I’m asking about it because you have seem to have a good opinion of Zenithink tabs, and their 4:3 machines cost quite a bit less than the Spark. My entry into the world of tablets came last Aug. with the Aurora II. I’ve been super-happy with it, with no problems. Got it from ainol-novo.com, thinking they were official (and before I knew of your site), but now that Ainol’s saying they’re not official (http://ainol.com/plugin.php?identifier=ainol&module=article&action=info&articleid=609), I won’t touch them with a 10 ft. pole. Anyhow, even before their announcement, since Dec. I’ve tried to point people your way. Having learned (mostly thru slatedroid) of CT’s and your commitment, I tell people that if they want a Chinese tablet that flsuperstore is the way to go. My wife has a Thrive, but I’ve thought that if I go bigger that the 4:3 ratio seems attractive. I’ll keep an eye on your site, whether for Zenithink, Ainol, or another 4:3 machine that you start to carry.
    Jeff Kroll, Maryland
    P.S. Today I sent a text to the guys at xtremeguard.com, to inquire if they’d make a protector for Ainol Novo 7 tabs, but also recommending that they work with you to carry their products. They seem like a high-quality, reasonably priced company, something I thought you and they have in common.

    • flsuperstore Says:

      Yes the C98 is the replacement for the C97. I guess that it has an A31 solution but for some reason my salesperson, who I’ve been working with for about 2 years and have met in person, tells me that they might not use the A31. So he’s not even sure that it will have that chip when it goes to mass production. Now we aren’t too keen on the A31. Even though we have the source code, supposedly they aren’t releasing some important framework source code that will allow us to get a good build of CT’s custom ROMs. That’s an abridged statement of what’s really going on because there are some things I don’t understand fully when it comes to this stuff at that level. I leave it up to CT and he does a tremendous job at figuring the stuff out.

      There are a lot of scam sites out there that make people think that they are affiliated with these manufacturers. The truth is they are not. I just hope that people always do their research before buying from a company they are unfamiliar with. Even those companies trying to make it seem as if they are affiliated with the manufacturer. The manufacturer does not retail tablets. Tablet retailers do.

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