Most devices with Rockchip processors are tablets and TV boxes that run Google Android software. But this year we saw the launch of the first Chromebooks with Rockchip RK3288 processors.
So what’s next?
Windows 10. Maybe.
PadNews has posted photos of a tablet with a Rockchip RK3288 processor and a 1024 x 768 pixel display. It appears to be running Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview software.
That’s a pre-release version of Microsoft’s upcoming software for phones and tablets which will be available this fall (a few months after Windows 10 for desktops, notebooks, and large tablets launches).
Windows 10 Mobile is built on the same core as the desktop version of Windows 10. But it’s optimized for devices with 7 inch and smaller screens and for devices with ARM or x86 processors.
While you won’t be able to run older Windows apps on Windows Mobile unless developers convert them to Universal Windows Apps, you will be able to download and install many Windows Store apps… and the new Continuum for phones feature will let you treat a phone or small tablet like a desktop computer. Just connect a display, keyboard, and mouse and you can run apps like Microsoft Office in desktop mode.
Up until now most Windows Phone devices have featured Qualcomm chips, but I can’t think of any reason it couldn’t be tweaked to support processors from Rockchip, Allwinner, MediaTek, Samsung, and other companies.
The Rockchip RK3288 is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 processor with Mali-T764 graphics. It’s a pretty speedy processor, although it’s certainly not the most powerful ARM-based chip available in mid-2015.
It’s not yet clear if the photos show a real product that’s in development, or if they’re just a demonstration that someone is working to bring Windows 10 Mobile to hardware with RK3288 chips. But it certainly seems plausible that we could see low-cost Windows tablets with Rockchip processors later this year.