VIA launches 8850, 8950 chips for Android tablets

A few years ago Chinese tablets with low power VIA 8650 ARM9 processors were all the rage… in China at least. But Rockchip, Telechips, and Allwinner have largely dominated the market lately thanks to faster Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processors.

Now VIA subsidiary WonderMedia has two new A9 chips to offer: The 800 MHz WM8950 and the faster WM8850 processor with speeds up to 1.2 GHz.

Haipad tablet with VIA 8850

Both chips feature ARM Mali-400 graphics, support for 1080p HD video decoding and H.264 video encoding as well as HDMI output. Both chips are aimed at devices running Android 4.0 or Windows CE 7.0.

Chinese tablet maker Haipad is starting to show off one of the first tablets with an 8850 chip. It’s a pretty basic 7 inch Android tablet with a few dedicated buttons for home, menu, and back features — suggesting it was originally designed for Android 2.3 or earlier.

But the demo video shows that the tablet handles Android 4.0 pretty well, complete with animated transition effects, live wallpapers, and even videos that can be resized while playing with a pinch-to-zoom gesture.

We don’t tend to see a lot of tablets with VIA WonderMedia chips in the US… but it looks like it may be a fairly capable processor for low-cost devices.

via MIC Digi

  • Marius Cirsta

     You kinda missed it here with the ARM core version , VIA 8650 is actually VM8650 and is an ARM9 core clocked at 800 MHz max I think. Also Allwinner did very well but it’s only an A8 and not A9. 

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      Thanks for catching that. The WM8650 is an ARM9 chip… according to the official product listing it actually has a clock speed of 600 MHz, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen devices with 800 MHz versions too.

      And you’re right about the A10 chip too. I’ve updated the post.