Excellent device, reliable Chinese mfg. / brand, not sure I'm in love with the price and that vendor is among the slowest shippers on planet earth. (see sig for rating)
I'm a fan of the 8" form factor for tablets, but at the moment tablets are not finding much of an advantage using the quad-core processors.
In some cases it causes more harm than good because of the numerous amount of software bugs at the moment.
Let the development for tablets featuring quad-core chips mature a bit and you'll see slightly better pricing and noticeably better performance from these little power-houses.
Imagine having a V12 700hp engine on a moped.
Yes, it's awesome to have that much power available, but - no, it's not easy to make use of it in a practical way.
No thumb either way on this one, I'm neutral.
But, as always, thanks for posting and contributing sjsfan!
Someone is giving out more false information. Development for name brand quad cores is excellent it's only the generic quads like rockchip that are having issues with quads, heck Samsung is coming out with a 8 core chip.
Depending how many apps you got open and what kind of apps, a quad core is a huge difference from a dual core. Then add in a second gig of ram and this will kill the recent 8" tablet that was posted from geekbuying.
IM not a fan of these Chinatabs but this is a decent price for what it is and of all the Chinese tech sites I have ordered from DX was one of the more reliable.
Personally I think the A31 quadcore is a bit of a gimmick. You'd get about the same performance with a dual core RK3066 for cheaper (as it has a higher clock speed and is much more mature in of firmware development/optimization). You might have four cores, but you have four A7 cores (large core size = 40nm so more battery needed and is a bottom of the line processor). Android and games aren't coded to use 4 cores so what's the point. The only upside to the A31 is that it has a real nice GPU associated with it.
If I were to go quad core I'd definitely invest a little more and go for the RK3188 which have 4x A9 (28nm). More powerful and better future proofing. The jump in expense between the A31 vs the RK3188 is small compared performance jump.
Below is a decent performance comparison between all the available ChinaPad CPUs:
ps - whatever you do, stay away from ChinaPads with "retina display." While the screens are pretty, ChinaPad processor power just isn't where it needs to be at the moment to support the huge CPU drain necessary to support this resolution.
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