Nothing good will ever come of Exophase.
- Sep 21, 2006
- Cleveland OH
The SoC chosen probably doesn't impact what eMMC you can use at all.I had serious problems with the quality of nand chips on my jxd handhelds running allwinner. It worked fine at first but died very abruptly after a couple months of use. If quality nand chips are used like something from Samsung for example it might be worth looking at. I would also look at the real world thermal output (not what's quoted) because my allwinner a9 devices seem to always ran quite hot. (Jxd s601, s7300) lots of people on my forum where I support those specific devices seem to report similar problems and have had to replace nand chips or bypass it completely minus the boot loader and load the OS from external storage.
Allwinner made some VERY cheap SoCs that were also very low end, companies like JXD chose Allwinner SoCs along with crappy NAND and poor thermal design. You mentioned JXD S7300, I have one and agree it runs hot, but it doesn't even use Allwinner (uses Rockchip). It's all about making a product as cheap as possible, which is also why it's good there are devices like Shield and Pandora/Pyra instead. A80 sounds more mid-range, you'll probably see them in less barrel scrapingly low end crap. The fact that Allwinner actually hired a competent native English speaker (probably American) to promote the device at CES shows this, to date I've only seen Chinese companies barely promote the devices in the west if at all; always with people who barely speak English. That might seem like something superficial to take notice of but English speakers automatically means a higher spending demographic.
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