Onkyo has demonstrated a prototype of a tablet featuring a 4K display as well as a premium audio sub-system at MWC. The Granbeat Hi-Res Tablet tablet is aimed primarily at multimedia enthusiasts who would like to have UHD resolution as well as advanced audio with them when traveling and do not care much about portability.

The Onkyo Granbeat DP-CTX1 resembles a miniature television with stereo speakers and if it was not for official positioning, I would have thought that Onkyo was demonstrating a small TV. Nonetheless, this is a tablet based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC (there is a report about usage of the SD835, but it could not be confirmed), featuring a 12.5-inch 4K UHD display and is running Android Oreo. The Granbeat DP-CTX1 will be equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (expandable using microSD cards) when it becomes available later this year, but the prototype showcased at MWC only featured 16 GB of NAND flash.

In addition to the premium display, the Onkyo Granbeat DP-CTX1 features a first-class DTX: X Premium-badged audio sub-system comprised of four independent ODND (Onkyo Double-Molding Diaphragm) speakers with two ESS Sabre ES9018KDM DACs and two ESS Sabre 9601K amplifiers (the same DACs and amplifiers are used inside the Onkyo Granbeat DP-CMX1 smartphone). Finally, the Granbeat Hi-Res Tablet will support DTS Play-Fi technology to connect to appropriate audio equipment wirelessly.

Speaking of connectivity and audio/video equipment. Because of its positioning primarily as a multimedia solution for A/V enthusiasts, the Onkyo Granbeat DP-CTX1 will ship with a docking station that can be attached to other A/V equipment via an HDMI interface. The tablet also has a 3.5-mm and a 2.5-mm audio connector for headphones and other audio devices, as well as a USB Type-C header to connect to regular PCs and various peripherals.

It is noteworthy that the Onkyo Granbeat tablet is still a regular tablet with all functions that one comes to expect from this kind of devices. The tablet has imaging capabilities, so it can be used to capture photos or make video calls. Like other advanced tablets, the Granbeat DP-CTX1 features 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as an integrated 4G/LTE modem (at least, on the prototype demonstrated at MWC).

Onkyo is not yet disclosing when it plans to release the Granbeat DP-CTX1 commercially and what price tag will it carry. Since the company is demonstrating the tablet as early as MWC, it is safe to assume that it will be launched this year. As for MSRP, the DP-CTX1 is an ultra-premium product with a unique display and an advanced audio sub-system, so do not expect it to be cheap.

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Sources: Onkyo, PC Watch, PhileWeb

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  • name99 - Friday, March 9, 2018 - link

    You think this makes more sense that casting your content to the hotel TV?

    YOU may think 4K on a 12" screen beats 1080p on a 40"+ screen, but I suspect very few agree with that assessment.
  • ianmills - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - link

    This thing is straight out of 1999. Think I even saw it in a movie once
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - link

    Man, I wish we had these in 1999.
  • Sttm - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    I dont think they had those until like 2003, with Windows XP Tablet edition or whatever it was called.
  • Dribble - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    A big tablet to watch stuff on is a good idea - we watch a lot of stuff on our tablet. Less keen if it's massively expensive and too brick like.
  • Sancus - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    "And do not care about portability" -- Or screen quality apparently? You cannot put an LCD on a mobile device targeted at media watching and expect to be taken seriously. The Galaxy Tab S3 is an ancient(by mobile standards) product with mediocre support from Samsung and yet it's still a better device for media consumption than this.
  • jrs77 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    So this is basically a Onkyo DP-X1 with a 12" 4k Display to watch movies wherever you go. The DP-X1 costs some $800 allready, so expect this to be double that price.

    I don't mind it's looks. I quite like it actually.
  • jcbenten994 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    Be cool if it is Flexible/Foldable LED. The way it looks now, with the speakers on the side, make it look old.
  • Kevin G - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - link

    What would be nice is if Onkyo or other AV vendors were to utilize this display in AV receivers etc to act as a preview or to assist in configuration. I'm tired of seeing 96 x 40 dot displays. High resolution color LCD are easy enough to come by and while they would increase cost, this is offset by easier to use, more flexible systems.
  • fazalmajid - Friday, March 9, 2018 - link

    It looks like an overgrown version of the Onkyo DP-X1 high-resolution audio player. I have one and it's an excellent device, but they haven't released Android updates since it came out. The thickness compared to a 12.9" iPad Pro makes it essentially DOA.

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