VIA introduces WM8880 dual-core CPU for entry level phones and tablets
VIA Technologies has added a new product to its ARM based portfolio – the low power WM8880 dual core chipset tailored for low-end smartphones and tablets.
A new tablet based on an unannounced VIA processor popped up in a Chinese 7 inch tablet. The Chinese website 1pad did some investigation of their own, and found it to be the VIA WM8880 dual core SoC. A few benchmarks were conducted that ended with the conclusion that this new SoC is aimed at low-end phones and tablets only.
The benchmarks show that this dual core ARM Cortex A9 based SoC comes close to yesteryear's flagships in Vellamo (HTML5) while it trails behind budget quad core SOCs such as the Mediatek MT6589 in AnTuTu. Nenamark benchmark is dependent on GPU and screen resolution. The tablet has a native screen resolution of 1024 x 600 (it shows 552 since a some of the pixels are occupied by the on-screen buttons) and is powered by a dual core ARM Mali400 MP2 GPU (compared to the single core Mali400 in last years WM8850 chipset).
Another exciting thing to note is that devices running on this chipset will come with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean as the OS of choice, as can be seen in this GFXBench. Expect this SoC to be popular in China and other markets where low-cost tablets thrive, it doesn't really pose a threat to major players like nVidia or Qualcomm, perhaps MediaTek. As of now, VIA hasn't updated their website with the new chipset yet.