Ramos i9 – Hands-On review compare with U30GT2, pipo M8HD and VOYO A15 etc

I have tried the following tablets in order, and this tablet is my favorite of them all:
Cube U30GT2 – RK3188
Cube U9GT5 – RK3188
Voyo A15 – Exynos 5250
Pipo M8HD – RK3188
Ramos i9 – Intel Z2580
Key Features:

  • 8.9 inch Samsung PLS 1920×1200 Display
  • Intel Atom Z2580 Dual-Core 2.0GHz x86 CPU with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU (Clocked higher than the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1″ which has the Intel Z2560)
  • Stock Android 4.2.2 with frequent updates
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • microSD slot
  • 4.1MP Rear camera with autofocus (no flash) and 1080p video
  • 1.6MP Front camera
  • Stereo Speakers
  • USB charging
  • USB Host
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • 1080p Hardware Video Decoding
  • 7000mAh battery (advertised)
  • Dimensions: 235*150*8.5mm
  • Weight: 441.7g

I will start with the negatives:

No ambient light sensor for auto-brightness. You must adjust brightness manually.
Battery life isn’t as good with video playback as most RK3188 devices like the Pipo M8HD
An area on the back of the tablet gets quite hot when gaming. Luckily this is strategically placed where your hands don’t touch in landscape mode.
The metal isn’t “perfect”
And that’s about it for the negatives. You will still get about 9-11 hours of battery life watching video which is enough for almost anyone.


Ramos provides tablets in high quality packaging. And the online shop which I got mine from improved this packaging with more bubble wrap and cardboard.

The box contains:

  • Ramos i9
  • MicroUSB cable for sync and chargeUSB 5V 2A 100-240V Charger with American plug
  • Chinese Manual
  • QA Passed tag

I really do like the design of the Ramos i9, especially the perfectly flat back of it. This makes me less worried about scratching the back when placing it on surfaces.
It feels premium (a bit heavy) in the hand and has no flex to it. The front camera is located for use in portrait mode. The bezels are a little larger in landscape mode.

The power button is slightly loose and the volume buttons are firm.

The rear camera is flush and the back is minimalistic in appearance.
The microSD slot is on the top of the device (in landscape) and is quite deep so a paperclip is needed to insert/remove it. Next to the microSD slot is the microphone hole.

This lacks an HDMI output.
The headphone jack is firm and provides near-perfect audio. There is a tiny bit of audio noise when the tablet is IDLE which is opposite to some other tablets.
The stereo speakers are located on the sides (landscape) at the bottom. Some gamers will find this annoying as hands can cover them. But at least it has two speakers unlike the Cube U30GT2.
This tablet charges via USB which is VERY convenient compared to most china tablets where you have to carry around another charger. USB chargers and microUSB cables are commonplace nowadays.
I tested via a USB OTG cable, a 16GB Flash Drive, a USB Keyboard/Mouse and they all worked fine.
The charger gets hot when charging, but still perfectly touchable.Display
The Samsung PLS display in this is absolutely wonderful. The viewing angles are very very good. At extreme angles, you may notice a slight noisy haze over the display as seen on AHVA panels like on the Pipo M8HD and Cube U30GT2, but it isn’t really noticeable.

1920×1200 Resolution at 8.9 inches is very good and individual pixels cannot be seen without a magnifying glass. The colours are very vibrant.
The brightness is high and can be seen in almost-direct sunlight.

The touch digitizer is only 5-point multi-touch but works very accurately and the response time is very very fast. No missed keys on the keyboard when you type fast. Ever.

This is my number one reason for liking this tablet over the others. This thing just flies through everything I throw at it. Web browsing is silky smooth without stutters. Every game works thanks to the SGX544MP2 at higher clock speed. Office apps work fine. Even Google Chrome is usable (AOSP Browser is the best though).
This has a Dual-Core 2.0GHz CPU with Hyper-threading which shows up as 4 cores. When idle, it goes down to 800MHz.

The main thing that makes this fast though, is the I/O speed and flash memory. Apps open near instantly when they aren’t even cached yet and there is no slowdowns in the system as seen on RK3188 devices all to common.
I did a test on the speed of the flash storage and it reads at 61MB/s and writes at 18MB/s. My PipoM8HD read speed was 19MB/s and write was 10MB/s.
It reads my UHS-1 SD card at 19MB/s and writes to it at 9MB/s.
The RAM measured at 6.2GB/s which is triple what my Pipo M8HD scored.

The USB speed of the RK3188 chipset is slow and writes at 7MB/s max when copying files to it. This tablet has full speed USB2.0 and really makes use of it when transferring.

AnTuTu sucks and scores my Nexus 4 at 18000 when it wrecks various 25000 devices in real-world performance.
Here is the AnTuTu results for the Ramos i9:

Score 20149
UX Multitask 3564
UX Dalvik 1564
CPU Integer 1691
CPU Float-point 1867
RAM Operation 1404
RAM Speed 2008
GPU 2D 1576
GPU 3D 4490
Storage I/O 1355
Database I/O 630

Tablet cameras. Never found good ones except maybe the Nexus 10 and iPad Air. This thing is no exception. Although it has autofocus, it lacks sharpness and saturation and is only really usable in outdoor lighting. The following tests were done on a gloomy day.

Note that the rear camera preview is about 10FPS but the front camera runs at a decent at least 25FPS.
Video quality is similar to the still shots above. The rear camera records at 1080p 30fps.
This tablet has WiFi b/g/n. And the latest Bluetooth 4.0. I tested the bluetooth with a keyboard and my PC and it works fine.

WiFi often sucks on chinese tablets but this thing works great. I can download apps at my full internet speed of 1.5MB/s and I can stream 1080p video. The range works at a campus where it didn’t work on the Cube U30GT2 (without midifications) or the Voyo A15. It shows only 1 to 2 bars at my home where I am 6 meters from the router. However connection quality is perfect and has never disconnected. This must be a software issue.

This tablet may lack a video output, but it supports Wireless Display.
The verdict on the WiFi, is that it is great and above most chinese tablets.
Battery Life:
The battery isn’t amazing like the Pipo M8HD or Cube U9GT5 but it is above the “good-enough” mark and will provide a solid day’s use with the average user and many hours of video playback.
The capacity is advertised as 7000mAh.
This is an excellent tablet for the price and outperforms even super-expensive tablets that can be bought locally. I would choose it over an iPad any day for its connectivity options and file-management support.

I recommend this tablet over any RK3188 tablet if you want a hassle-free premium tablet experience.


Android or Apple who is faster? Ramos i9 VS iPad Air review by coolicool

Android or Apple who is faster? Ramos i9 VS iPad Air

We have to say that Ramos i9 and iPad Air is quite representative of two tablet in the second half of this year. The iPad Air we do not to say, as a new generation of Apple’s products, it is the industry benchmark; But Ramos i9 do not underestimate, it is a new 8.9 inch tablet pc, it is equipped with Intel Clover Trail + series processor, it is the strongest performance of the atom Z2580 processor, frequency can be as high as 2 GHZ, it is the domestic fastest android tablet. We do not know when the Ramos i9 and iPad Air together, it will show you some amazing thing, we look forward to that. Let test this two models of tablet, not just performance, but also experience.
First of all, Ramos i9 and iPad Air were compared in the start-up speed, iPad Air is a little fast step to enter the system interface, but it should be said that from the results, both are close.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air UI operations
In the UI operations, Ramos i9 and iPad Air are flowing freely, fingers sliding screen like a flowing. In fact, the Android platform from 4.1 system Project Butter (Butter), it have already rival in the iOS system UI fluency. Besides Ramos i9 is carrying the Android 4.2.2 system, at the same time based on 2 GHZ atom Z2580 processor, the performance is better. And Ramos i9 UI home screen have many desktop widget, it also features of Android tablet, so Ramos i9 implementation smooth operation as well as the Air UI at the same time, it is also the Android platform hardware performance, leading system, good personality features and user experience gradually perfect fusion of a show.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air local HD video playback

In the local video test, Ramos i9 load play response speed is outstanding. In addition, in the process of test, iPad Airscreen brightness is using automatic adjustment Settings, Ramos i9 screen brightness adjustment to its also about the same brightness range. We can feel that Ramos i9 8.9 inch 1920 x 1200 IPS screen resolution are amazing, it have rich details to present, it is not less than ipad Air, and even some details performance is better.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air local HD video playback view shows contrast

Although iPad Air color gamut range is wide, color saturation is likely to be higher, but in the individual visual Angle display, Ramos i9 color reduction are better, iPad Air will be slight deviation by the Angle change, this also see that Ramos i9 using 8.9 -inch samsung original IPS screen really doing well.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air local video playback screen resolution

Ramos i9 is equipped with 2 GHZ atom Z2580 processor and LPDDR2 2 gb memory(2GB RAM), soft solutions for 1080p video is still able to smooth play. In addition to the local video playback ability is strong, the picture degree shows fine, Ramos i9 8.9 -inch 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS screen is similar with ipad Air 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution screen, after all, the ppi is very close to, the former ppi is 255, the latter ppi is 264, so they has almost equally clear and fine quality.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air “gourmet coaster 17: most wanted” game demo

As for comparison in the game, iPad Air PowerVR G6430 GPU performance is very strong, with Apple hard software platform excellent compatibility, game performance is needless to say, first-class experience. But Ramos i9 PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, high operating frequency is 533 MHZ, whether can bring good game experience or not, many users do more concern. In fact, Ramos i9 use the Imagination PowerVR series GPU, the game compatibility is basic equally good with iPad Air, and in the actual type “gourmet coaster 17: most wanted” large 3D games, screen fluency and picture effect, even including sound effects, etc., it is similar with ipad Air. Of course, in the sound quality, iPad Air is obviously more good, the sounds is really good, but Ramos i9 AAC independent double cavity design of sound quality is worth looking forward to, at least, I think it is better than the vast majority of Android tablet on the market many times.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air “FIFA2014” demo contrast

In another game, “FIFA2014” 3D game is the same, Ramos i9 and iPad Air demo game experience is very close, basically, we don’t see differences, they are doing well. As a result, it can be concluded that, at least in the running at present most of the large 3D games, Ramos i9 PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU performance is more better, 170M/s triangle output and 5100 m/s pixel fill, it is equipped with LPDDR2 memory, it is not pressure to drive 8.9 -inch 1920 x 1920 resolution screen, it also good to ensure the game picture fluency and rendering quality.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air web browsing

Finally, Ramos i9 and iPad Air test for web browsing. Open BOLOPAD technology information website, both tablet fast loading, the web page sliding operation is well, especially i9 up and down web drag speed is super fast.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air page load picture contrast

Open another web images, Ramos i9 web page loading speed is obviously slightly faster than ipad Air. iPad Air individual images shown in the web page is not displayed, Ramos i9 have shown to complete.

Ramos i9 VS iPad Air online video broadcast

Ramos i9 in addition to support rapid web browsing, online video playback is very outstanding, we can be learned that from the comparison to ipad Air. These are mainly derived from the Ramos i9 using Intel atom Z2580 processors, in addition to main frequency up to 2 GHZ, it also supports hyper-threading technology,it realize the highest four threads, performance even beyond the ARM architecture quad-core Android tablet pc. The more important thing is the processor support frequency technology, it is able to improved performance under a higher load moment, the experience is further upgrade.

After a contest, we should be said, we know the Ramos i9further. Ramos i9 is using 2 GHZ Intel atom Z2580 dual-core four thread processor, it is equipped with 2GB memory, it is built-in PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, it also has a 8.9 -inch 1920 x 1200 resolution original IPS screen, through all sorts of practical functions, we experience a high level of the Android tablet. Even in some ways, Ramos i9 performance is more outstanding, and the price USD228.99 At Coolicool is more close to people. Although this is only a short period of time to do evaluation on this two tablet, iPad Air pole position is still good, but I think ramos i9 will meet a lot of people need, they are looking forward to. At least, on the Android platform, of course, we also want to see more products appear like szsa Ramos i9 Tablet PC, after all, joining the Intel core, the markets even more diverse and fascinating. And because Intel constantly challenge ARM, the market more is competitive, good products are constantly emerging, the consumers will have more and better choices.