The march of the tablets with Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processors continues. The latest entry is one of the first 8 inch models to feature this chip. It’s called the Yuandao N80, or Video N80 (depending on where you buy it).

Geekbuying sells the tablet for $179.

yuandao n80

Like the larger Cube U30GT2, this tablet features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. But while the Cube tablet has a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, the Yuandao N80 has a smaller 8 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel screen.

That probably helps explain why it’s more than $80 cheaper.

The N80 is also smaller and lighter than the Cube tablet, measuring 7.8″ x 5.9″ x 0.4″ and weighing 15 ounces.

While I haven’t had a chance to test the Yuandao N80 tablet, benchmarks I ran recently on the Cube U30GT2 suggest that the Rockchip RK3188 processor which powers both tablets is one of the fastest ARM Cortex-A9 chips on the market at the moment.

That could make this $179 8 inch quad-core tablet an attractive option for some… although technical support and quality assurance for Chinese tablets like this aren’t always as good as for devices from companies that are more established in the West.



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7 replies on “Yuandao N80 is an 8 inch tablet with an RK3188 quad-core CPU”

  1. Hmph. Still no damn Bluetooth. Don’t they realize people — at least here in the West — *want* and *need* it? Keyboards, speakers, file transfers, etc. Within two months they have a model that looks just like the iPad Mini too — just like everyone else is doing.

    1. Makes one wonder what challenges and cost is involved exactly in getting bluetooth to work on tablets.

    1. Nope, just WiFi and USB 3G dongle… Doesn’t actually state Ethernet, just networking protocol…

  2. I griped for years about the narrow aspect ratio of netbooks, about having to scroll up and down all the time with the 1024×600 resolution. Then my nook/CM7 tablet sold me on 1024×600 because touch screens are so easy to scroll and the 9:16 aspect ratio fits better in cargo and jacket pockets… so now they’re bringing the less pocketable 3:4 ratio to small tablets. This makes it about 0.9 inches wider than the nook… still marginally pocketable.

    1. The selling point for 4:3 is that they are much more practical for portrait orientation eReading, Web browsing, etc. because you aren’t forced to deal with teeny print. You have a point about pockets but I’m not sure I want to buy clothes just to fit a 7″ or 8″ tablet into them.

      1. It’s true that even 7-inchers are not too practical to carry even in large cargo pockets, and I was exaggerating earlier when I said I bought only cargo pants, but it’s nice to have the 7-inch option available for people who need it. Some doctors, researchers, technicians etc, carry tablets in the pockets of their labcoats or coveralls. It’s very quick and easy to enlarge the print by just rotating the tablet to horizontal. I think there’s a need for 6 or 6.5″ tablets 🙂

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