Allwinner is a chip maker not a tablet maker, but right now, the Chinese company’s products are a very popular choice for ~$100 Android devices, whether we’re talking about cheap Android tablets or those sub-$100 pocket PCs based on ARM chips.
Allwinner chips usually have a 1-1.5 Ghz Cortex A8 CPU, coupled with a powerful Mali400 GPU (same as the one in the Galaxy S2), which enables even low-end tablets to smoothly run ICS and to play any type of HD content flawlessly.
Analysts expect that 40 million tablets will be shipped in China alone this year, and it seems Allwinner’s chips will be in 60% of those tablets (or roughly 24 million). [...]
When buying smartphones and tablets, we often talk about their processing power, and make a big fuss of their speed, and whether they can offer single-, dual-, or multiple-core capabilities. And while we do focus on the processor most of the time, you’ll have to know that things aren’t as simple as that. Instead of just simple processors, we have Systems on a Chip (SoC) inside these devices that offer more complex functionality.What is a System on a Chip?
Since smartphones and tablets are basically smaller computers, they require pretty much the same components we see in desktops and laptops in order to offer us all the amazing things they can do (apps, music and [...]