Android tablets get 8-second boot in Rockchip RK32288 demo

When it comes to boot times, faster is better, and getting a full restart down to a mere 8-seconds is much better than what many devices have seen before. Sure, this is being demoed for Chromium OS — the open source version of Google's ChomeOS — but also for Android tablets and that's some pretty impressive stuff. From the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014:

Rockchip shows RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 in Tablets, booting Chrome OS (named Chromium OS when not Google certified), playing back H265 4K 60fp HDMI 2.0 10bit, extremely fast Mali-T764 GPU, mass production starts next month.

There's a ton of geeky details in the video so give it a watch and then join me in dreaming about just how powerful our mobile devices are going to be in a few months/years. Because it looks like we still ain't seen anything yet!


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  • 8 second boot... I'm impressed! Posted via Android Central App
  • My Fedora Linux laptop boots in 5 seconds (all the way to X). Still blows me away. I wish my Nexus 10 would boot a lot faster.... but I tend to just leave that on all the time.
  • My Nexus 10 boots up pretty fast. How long does yours take to boot up?
  • I don't think I have actually timed it, like I have my desktops and laptops. I would estimate about 45 seconds?
  • It takes all the time from button press to lockscreen... ... ( 0ppo F5) ...
  • OK, I timed it today. The N10 takes about 65 seconds to boot to the lock screen. It is really slow and not really finished booting for another 15 or so seconds after that.
  • Of course you cant compare a tablet and a Laptop. 8 seconds for a tablet is very ver y good.
  • Moore's law !!! :) Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't you have an extra 2 on the chip number? Posted via Android Central App
  • That's really fast for a cold boot!
  • Rockchip*
  • Rocketchip** ಠ益ಠ
  • Rocketship** Posted from my TARDIS!
  • Time Machine*** Posted from my Motorola Moto G
  • What are we talking about* Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5
  • Rene in Android Central? He does excellent articles over at iMore. Recommend checking it out. Nexus 5...enough said
  • Remember, they're doing the whole "cross-contamination" experiment, to get news out as soon as it hits Mobile Nations. And, +1. Rene does excellent write-ups, period.
  • This ^^^ Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
  • or Cross Pollination!
  • Quite impressive :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • +9000
  • Most impressive Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5
  • Now factor in all the bloatware the average tablet has. Posted via Android Central App
  • Not all "bloatware" affects the start-up (boot) times of a device. Only some of the pre-installed programs run at boot.
  • +1 Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
  • "playing back H265 4K 60fp HDMI 2.0 10bit" HDMI 2.0 finally! Woohoo!
  • Wondering what's the s5's boot time...
    It booted blazingly fast.... When you really run shit, you don't have to talk about it....
  • M8 boots in ~11 seconds
  • For those who wish to watch the demo of Android boots up, it's on 4:30
  • Who actually turns devices all the way off though? I mean, the only time I turn my tablet off is if it's going to be stowed for a good while, otherwise it'll be in standby for a long time. Even my MBA, I don't ever really turn it off.. just close the lid and let it sleep.