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Just like last year, after Nvidia introduced the powerful dual core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip, this year after the quad core Tegra 3 unveiling lots of tablets using the new processor are expected to show up. First there’s the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Prime, then the unnamed Lenovo 10 inch tablet, and apparently also Acer and HTC are in the race.
There’s no surprise here that manufacturers switch to new silicone as soon as possible (it’s what makes this industry fast paced and interesting), but I’m more curios what other steps these companies make towards competing with Apple’s tablet. Throwing in a faster CPU doesn’t mean much without support from better software (fast, stable, fully featured), tons of good apps, and innovative features. Until now there’s no indication of new ingredients to this year’s Android tablet recipe cookbook.
HTC will announce their quad-core tablet at Mobile World Congress in February at Barcena, with a scheduled shipping window to open in Q3 2012, so It’s safe to say the Taiwanese company won’t be a threat for the others. It’s beyond my understanding why it takes so long for HTC to implement a new chipset and at a reasonable price. Asus did it twice this year and price was never an issue. HTC on the other side ‘teased’ us with the HTC Flyer and Jetream, both overpriced (at least $700). This kind of strategy makes me think HTC doesn’t take the tablet market seriously.
Acer leaked the Iconia TAB A510 and A511 through some user profile specs posted on their website. If we look at this year’s naming scheme we’re dealing with 10 inch tablets, the first one WiFi only and the second one featuring mobile broadband. I expect Acer to bet its money on the same strategy: cheapness. And I’m not talking just about pricing :)
No other bits of info were revealed, but expect tons of quad-core Android slates to be announced at CES 2012 in January. I’m also expecting Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Samsung to announce their mobile quad-core chips soon.