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Element Five ifive X2 8.9: Quad-core RK3188 & 1920×1200 IPS display

Bargain hunters looking for a tablet that sports a respectable processor and display resolution can’t possibly look away from the ifive X2 8.9.

The tablet was recently shown off at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and although it doesn’t boast the marketing power of a Samsung tablet, the Five Elements ifive X2 will be an attractive choice for eBay surfers.

General specs of the ifive X2 8.9 includes a 8.9-inch 1920×1200 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, microSD slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 5MP rear shooter (2MP front), and a 7200mAh battery.

When we say respectable, we really mean it.  The ifive X2 sports Rockchip’s RK3188 Cortex A9 quad-core, which is in the same league as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 and Samsung’s Exynos 4412.  The benefit of the RK3188 is that it’s manufactured on a 28nm process as compared to 32nm for the Exynos 4412 and Tegra 3’s 40nm.  Furthermore, the RK3188 also has a higher base clock—at 1.6GHz, respectively.

The Tegra 3 and Exynos 4412 are relatively dated in tech-speak, but in terms of their popularity and hype amongst consumers, the respective chips still play a large role in powering many of the smartphones and tablets still on the market today.  That said, the RK3188 isn’t “next-gen” like A15-based chips, but it’s still a huge improvement over previous-gen products.  Which then leads us to “bang for your bucks”, and tablets featuring the RK3188 are definitely good choices for power users on a tight budget.

There are a few more off-brand tablets which feature the RK3188, but if you happen to see the ifive X2 on eBay, just keep in mind that it’s a worthy device.

Pricing and availability have not been announced, and the Android OS version OTB is also currently unknown.

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