The Chinese smartphone market is quite different to that elsewhere in the world with generally a much wider selection of companies and products on offer. Another example of the different between the Chinese and in particular the US market is the difference in quality. While the US market is preoccupied greatly with specs a lot of time the Chinese market looks to offer a wider selection of budget devices. A good example of this is with the use of processors. The majority of smartphones being released in the US at the moment will almost certainly claim to use Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon range of processors. This in itself is a selling point for the device and why you will see it listed on any device that contains one…even if the processor is a low budget Qualcomm. However in China the processor market is not so dominated with Qualcomm and instead MediaTek seems to do rather well. Although recently MediaTek processors are becoming better known in the US they are still more commonly seen in lower-end or budget devices compared to the flagship devices.
The tablet market is a little different to the smartphone market as it seems the highest spec processors seem to take longer to hit devices than they do in the smartphone world. It is not sure if this is due to the manufacturers placing greater emphasis on smartphones or if consumers simply are more forgiven in this respect. Either way PIPO seem interested in changing the status quo. Reports are coming in that PIPO are hoping to increase their presence in the Chinese tablet market by launching the H3 tablet. The big selling point for the H3 is that it will be the first tablet to offer 4G LTE support with a MediaTek processor. The H3 will come equipped with a MediatTek MT6592 which was one of the first ‘true’ Octa-core processors. In contrast to ‘fake’ Octa-core processors, the true ones allow all eight cores to work simultaneously instead of the fake Octa-core processors which rely on four cores working at a time, switching between high and low power modes.
Other details of the H3 tablet are extremely sketchy at the moment although it does seem the tablet will be 10.1″ sized with a screen resolution of 1900 x 1200. In addition, the device will come with a 13 MP camera which is pretty good for a tablet. An early image (shown above) of the H3 does shows its design is rather similar to the PIPO T9 (previous PIPO 8.9″ tablet) except the corners on the H3 are less round and sharper. There are reports that the H3 will also offer dual-SIM capability and additional memory card slots. Although at the moment very little has been confirmed.