Allwinner is a chipset maker you’ve perhaps ran into when looking for Android-powered media players or affordable tablets (even HP has one). While its chipsets were never associated with performance, the new Allwinner UltraOcta A80 is poised to change that.
The A80 uses ARM’s big.LITTLE setup with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores.
The previous generation Allwinner chipsets, the A31, was based on a quad-core A7 processor and PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, so this is already a big jump in performance.
Speaking of the GPU, the UltraOcta A80 moves to PowerVR 6-series. The G6230 GPU will offer double the graphics power compared to what A31 had. The GPU supports OpenGL 3.0 and ES Next, plus DirectX 10.
This means the Allwinner chipset could be used for Windows RT tablets, as well as Android ones. It will also provide a huge boost to Android boxes/sticks that are gaining popularity.
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