Affordable Ice Cream Sandwich goodness coming to all?

Affordable Ice Cream Sandwich goodness coming to all?OK, so Android is open source (technically) and therefore free to use. And unlike with Windows Phone there isn't a tightly regulated minimum spec keeping hardware makers on the straight and narrow.

But despite that, we still tend to think of new releases of Android just like incremental increases in hardware spec. In other words, Ice Cream Sandwich devices are more high-end than Gingerbread devices. One component maker, however, is showing that there's no need for that to be the case.

Chipset maker MediaTek may not run in the same circles as the Nvidias, ARMs and Intels of this world, but it's got a decent enough pedigree at the more budget-conscious end of the market all the same.

And its latest creation, the Cortex-A9-based MT6575, keeps up the good work, and throws in Android 4.0 support for good measure. It's only a single-core solution, while the GPU is an unspecified 5-series PowerVR effort, but that's still strong enough to handle qHD-resolution displays and process 720p video and 8-megapixel stills.

In other words, it could comfortably power a modest low-end Android handset – with the latest build of Android on board from launch.

We love the idea that theoretically a sub-£100 smartphone could launch next month running Ice Cream Sandwich, but you do have to wonder how Google would feel.

Just as the most basic BMW or Merc money can buy don't offer anything like the luxury or performance you typically expect from such prestigious name, so we imagine the Big G wouldn't be too chuffed to have its latest OS pride and joy associated with painfully slow hardware that is only just able to get out of the starting blocks.

Then again, isn't that part of what being open source (technically) is all about?

Via Engadget

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parabolica  Feb. 15, 2012 at 00:42

Car analogies just dont work with gadgets that are mostly made in china by the same factories. If anything, you could perhaps suggest it would be like a Formula 1 Team fitting a BMW engine to a wooden chassis that did 20mph around corners.
There is nothing wrong with the the cheapest BMW. 136BHP from a 1.6 liter petrrol engine, with very low emissions returning almost 50MPG coming from Efficient Dynamics technology. Air con, 6 air bags. Rear wheel drive and reviewed as very refined driving.
There is also a vast difference between German factories and R&D, than the sweat shops that even the most desirable smart phones are built in.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 01:09

You own a 1 Series by any chance :p?

v5535  Feb. 15, 2012 at 01:57

But ICS is only fully compatible with the relevant hi-tech hardware, otherwise it's just a fancy theme anyway.

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 07:24

You own a 1 Series by any chance :p?

ahh the 1 series for bmw freaks with more money than sense what's it now 35k for the top of the range

im here all day waiting for yodel to swap my laptop over

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 07:45

Funny analogy, seeing that the most desirable gadgets are made in Chinese sweatshops, while Canadian/Hungarian and Mexican BBs are gathering dust...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:33

You own a 1 Series by any chance :p?

ahh the 1 series for bmw freaks with more money than sense what's it now 35k for the top of the range

im here all day waiting for yodel to swap my laptop over


What happened with the wrong laptop in the end, did you get some money back?

Ahh, the 1 Series, the world's most pointless car. £35k for a hatchback...give me a Focus RS500 any day, if you're inclined to spend so much on a small(ish) car.

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 13:14

Got £50 towards a higher spec laptop...
Should be swapped today
the 1 series should be removed from human consciousness lol

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:04

Ahh it wasn't delivered

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:20

Not a massive shock when you're trusting Yodel to deliver something, or not as the case may be.

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:24

7am to 7pm... and nothing sign far what a useless company

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:27

The really annoying thing is, DHL Home were fantastic, Yodel are just useless. I feel for you mate...

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:30

Apparently they are running late and it could be upto 9pm...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:35

Well at least they might turn up...then again you could be waiting until tomorrow. You never really know with Yodel, it's a mystery tour.

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 18:36

I've been waiting since 7am... ffs

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 19:07

Voodoo its here at 5 to 7pm .... shame he couldn't pick up the old one like tesco said they would rofl

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 19:28

What specs have you got this time :)?

Treab  Feb. 15, 2012 at 19:32

I3 2310m @ 2.1gHz Slightly slower than the 2.2 of the other one but according to benchmarks this i3 is better

6gb ram

640gb hdd

not far off the speedec of the one i bought but worth an extra fifty which they waived

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 21:09

Nice, sounds like a pretty good computer. I'm assuming its primary purpose is Office related work, email, media and the interwebs? If so it sounds like the perfect machine for the job, what make is it :)?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 21:10

Oh and processor clock speed means nothing, cpubenchmark.net gives a much better indication of the true processing power of a CPU :).

parabolica  Feb. 15, 2012 at 23:19

You own a 1 Series by any chance :p?

I've never owned a BMW :)
But it's annoyingly the most common car to be brought up in an poor analogy with high and low spec chinese made computing devices.

Treab  Feb. 16, 2012 at 04:40

Nice, sounds like a pretty good computer. I'm assuming its primary purpose is Office related work, email, media and the interwebs? If so it sounds like the perfect machine for the job, what make is it :)?

toshiba. mainly for my essays/basic games/youtube ;)

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