New Google Nexus 10 tablet with quad-core CPU and 8-core GPU in the works?
A new, second generation Google Nexus 10 could be currently in the works. It will be very close to the currently selling Nexus 10 in terms of looks, but should feature a nice performance boost.
Apparently, one such device was present at CES, and got spotted by chip-focused website Bright Side of News running circles around the current Nexus 10’s benchmark results – although it had an identical chassis to the current version. That may change though, as Google wants to “address the shortcomings of the original design”, while not changing it in a big way. What this means exactly is unclear at the moment – but do expect a few minor differences in the looks department and not much more. A more ‘wowful’ design should only debut on the third generation Nexus 10 – and that’s a long way off at this point.
The new Nexus 10 tablet would feature a quad-core processor alongside an 8-core Mali T678 GPGPU chip. This would help the new tablet render all those pixels on the insanely packed 2,560×1,600 touchscreen (which is set to be present in the updated hardware as well).
In fact, aside from the aforementioned vague design updates and the processor and graphics changes, nothing’s set to differ compared to the first Nexus 10. The possible hardware spec bump comes as a reaction from Google to “the general feeling” that the dual-core tablet currently on the market was a bit underpowered. That’s especially been highlighted in relation to the screen – apparently the Mali T604 GPU simply wasn’t up to the task of taking care of all those pixels.
This despite the fact that the current Nexus 10’s processor is built using ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture, supposedly the most advanced design to ever come out of that company. But the graphics side, and perhaps even the CPU being ‘just’ a dual-core, contributed to the “significant performance gap” that Google’s partners and end users alike were able to spot in the original Nexus 10.
The new tablet could be announced during MWC at the end of February, but apparently the most realistic shipping estimate is somewhere around ‘Back to school’ season. That’s many months away from February, so perhaps the tablet will make an incognito appearance in Barcelona just for those in the know, but will only get officially unveiled during Google’s annual I/O conference in May (which is where the search giant introduced the Nexus 7 last year).
Via Droid Life