Think that the Exynos quad-core processor found in the Galaxy S3 is zippy? How about the Nvidia Tegra 3 that resides in a huge number of Android tablets? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Prepare to be amazed… Read more
Today, new evidence surfaced from Fudzilla confirming previous reports that the Asus Transformer 2 would sport a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Also confirmed was that Tegra 3, codenamed Kal El, would make its debut on the second generation slate. Unfortunately it might be time to grab that Snickers bar because Kal El “has been slightly delayed for at least a month”.
When Nvidia teased that Tegra 3 (Kal El SoC) would debut in August it was a surprise. Not only was the timing alarming but Jen Hsun Huang, Nvidia’s CEO, said the chip consumed less power than Tegra 2. With better computational power than Intel’s Core 2 Duo, Tegra 3 looks to be the holy grail of mobile computing — at least as far as Android tablets are concerned.
Last month we broke news that the Samsung Galaxy Z, currently available in Sweden, would be re-branded as the Galaxy R when it debuted in Europe. Today Nvidia and Samsung have decided to make the news official, outing the Tegra 2 Galaxy S II sibling via press release. Here’s the scoop on the Samsung Galaxy R:
The Apple iPad has dominated the tablet race thus far. According to a report from DigiTimes, non-Apple tablets are expected to grow 134 percent in 2012. This is nearly three times the 55 percent growth expected for the iPad during the same period. Helping fuel the charge will be Google’s launch of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, sending Android tablet shipments from 19-20 million in 2011 to 44-45 million in 2012.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has secured its position as one of the most successful Honeycomb tablets to date. As with any successful piece of technology a successor must follow. News of a Transformer 2 arrived this afternoon when Asus chairman Jonney Shih confirmed the company is already working on an “impressive” sequel.
Another day, another Amazon Android tablets story. This time, what appears to be a leaked supplier parts list has stoked up the rumour mill. DigiTimes claims Amazon has Wintek, J Touch and CPT lined up to provide touch panels for its two Android tablets with NVIDIA processors powering the show. The most eyepopping claim in the report is that the Seattle firm plans to ship 4 million tablets in 2011.
Previous reports claimed Amazon will launch a 7in tablet – codenamed Coyote – with a Tegra 2 processor and a 10in model nicknamed Hollywood rocking the new quadcore NVIDIA Kal-El chipset. While Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, has only hinted about tablet plans in the past the number of details floating around suggests we’ll see something soon. And if that figure of 4 million tablets headed for production is true, it means Amazon has iPad-scale ambitions.
We’ve seen a smattering of Android laptops in the past (notably the tiddly Toshiba AC100) but the trend for Android tablets and the promise of Chromebooks has knocked them off the agenda. It seems Asus is out to change our minds. The Taiwanese tech giant is reportedly hard at work on a 13in Android laptop and plans to use the quadcore NVIDIA Kal-El processor.
That chip is on course for an August release date which suggests if we do see a new Asus Android laptop it’ll arrive around then too. Since we’re talking about the company that brought us the Asus EeePad Transformer, nothing would surprise us.
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