Archive for March, 2013

Ainol Spark A31 Allwinner

March 15, 2013

http://www.flsuperstore.com/tablets/ainol-novo-9-spark-16gb-android-4-1-jelly-bean-tablet-retina-quad-core-2gb-ram.html

Christian Troy is spending a few weeks at my house from Italy right now and we have been messing around with a Spark we got from a China distributor (The factory wouldn’t send me just 1).  So far so good on this thing, and I have to say I like it thus far.  I know that Apad.tv in their own quest for making stupid people think that they own the Flytouch brand clocked the Spark at around 9K Antutu.  Christian has this thing clocked more towards its advertised speed running 1.2Ghz and Antutu benchmarking at 11750.  This also running very stable in case you were wondering.

<Apad tv rant>

If you are considering buying a Flytouch 10, my advice to you is don’t.  Buy something that you know will have steady firmware updates and or the capacity for a custom ROM.  And since Apad.tv claims they are the manufacturer, they have zero access to their own source code.  Which right there tells you they are nothing but a bunch of scammers who have no clue about the product they are selling.

You are probably saying, well Apad.tv is just a forum.  You are dead wrong.  It’s a way to corral you into their site to buy from websites that they own.  I don’t want to give them any more SEO than I already have but lets just say that any ads off of their site are linked to their businesses.

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I want to try to sum it up quickly.  The PIPO M9 Rockchip RK3188 is coming in at 18K Antutu.  An A31 with the same resolution like a GT10V is coming in at 12K Antutu (A number we can probably make 14K with a simple mod).  But there is one difference I want to point out that might benefit the A31 for now (Until Amlogic comes out with their chip).  The Rockchip is still using a Mali-400 GPU.  Something that I thought was not going to be very advantageous of them in this ARMs race.  Pun intended.  I think at this point in the game you must have a Mali-450 or better or your chip is going to struggle with drawing retina displays.

The Spark A31, even though it doesn’t benchmark through the roof, draws its 2048X1536 IPS screen with ease.  Playing on the tablet for a few hours you wouldn’t even remember that the tablet benchmarks 2-3K points higher than the last generation Rockchip/Amlogic dual-cores and 4K points lower than the newest Rockchip powerhouse.

Only time will tell how the market treats A31 chips with Rockchip quad-core recently released and eventually Amlogic’s quad-core.  I’m just glad that the A31 got its optimizations, and my opinion is the Spark is a great tablet for the price.  The screen is just flat-out awesome to look at and well worth the extra $30 or so bucks upgrade from a 1024×768(Letterbox) or 1280×800(Widescreen) IPS screen.

Frank