The MD816 features ActionSemi’s ATM7029 quad-core SoC CPU, clocking along at 1.2GHz and accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash storage.
The 8-inch LCD panel features a 4:3 aspect ratio with 1024×768-pixel resolution and is driven by the Vivante GC1000 graphics processing unit (GPU) core inside the ATM7029 CPU.
It covers the Wi-Fi basics with 802.11b/g/n standard support but also includes HDMI output. The operating system is Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) but there are no details at this stage about a possible Android 4.2 update.
It’s reasonably compact, measuring 199 x 153 x 11mm and incorporates a reasonably-sized 4000mAh Lithium-ion battery.
At this stage, there are no release date details or pricing but we expect it to begin appearing in retail outlets shortly.
Action Semiconductor’s ATM7029 is a quad-core SoC CPU based on what it says is ARM’s Cortex A9 architecture with a clock speed of up to 1.3GHz (single-core only). However, there is considerable discussion on the web over just whether the chip is in fact a Cortex A9-based design or possibly, a modified Cortex A5. ActionSemi says the ATM7029 supports Vector Floating Point v4 (VFPv4), which some are saying isn’t possible with Cortex A9. Others think this might be an ‘improved’ Cortex A9 design, although ActionSemi hasn’t appeared to clarify the situation.
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