Chinese chip maker Allwinner announced plans in January to build a 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor that would sell for just $5.
Now the company says mass production of the Allwinner A64 chip is set to begin in June which means we could see low-cost devices powered by this processor in the second half of 2015.
The chip may be cheap, but it’s a reasonably powerful quad-core processor with ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics, support for H.265 video playback and eMMC 5.0 storage. Allwinner says the processor supports Android 5.1.
Allwinner processors are already in some pretty low-cost tablets, TV boxes, and other devices. But some of the company’s higher-performance chips like the Allwinner A80 Octa are actually pretty decent performers. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of performance we can expect from that chip’s low-cost cousin.
It’ll also be interesting to see just how inexpensive tablets and TV boxes with the chip will be. You can already find plenty of Allwinner-powered devices for under $50.