Next-gen Asus Eee Pad Transformer with quad-core Nvidia processor may have been delayed

Never trust what a chip maker tells you when, during the initial unveiling of a new and exciting piece of silicon, you ask when it will become available in actual shipping products. Never. They’ll always give you their most optimistic estimate. Plus, it may be so early in the testing process that many time-consuming issues are probably yet to be discovered.

So, when, during MWC in February, Nvidia said that its next-gen Kal-El quad-core processor would be inside shipping tablets this August… we didn’t apply any of the above logic. We chose to believe what Nvidia’s guys said, because we love gadgets. And we hoped that quad-core tablets would be on the market this month.

Well surprise surprise, that isn’t happening. According to a report, the next-gen Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet was supposed to be one of the first (if not the first) to market with Kal-El inside (possibly being called Tegra 3 when it actually ships). And it was supposed to be at least unveiled this month.

That won’t happen. Many different sources have said that the new tablet has been delayed by at least a month, if not more. No cause for the delay is given, but it isn’t that hard to imagine that it has something to do with the processor. After all, if Kal-El was ready for prime time, Nvidia sure would have sent out a proud press release already.

Still, we’re almost certainly getting quad-core tablets later this year. It will be an interesting holiday shopping spree indeed.


Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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