Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or at least that’s how the saying goes. In the case of recently held International CES show, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are great ways to discuss business deals and see what’s new in store for 2013. One such meal had an interesting gadget, which is currently being primed for production.
The guest in question was the second generation Nexus 10 tablet from Google.
Our partners were discussing the feedback Google received after releasing their first 10″ tablet equipped with the monstrous 2560×1600 resolution. This is higher than the iPad 3 and 4, with the distinct difference of not upscaling any content, which proved to be a design hurdle for Google.
Apparently, while the screen was amazing and received a lot of positive feedback from partners and end users, the tablet encountered a significant performance gap. Even though Samsung did their best with the Exynos 5 chip which featured two Cortex-A15 cores and a Mali T604-Class GPU, the general feeling was that the tablet was a bit underpowered.
The 4 million pixel, 300ppi resolution would suffice to choke even the best mobile can offer. According to the people we spoke with, the new Nexus 10 addresses that with a significant increase in “digital horsepower”, moving from a dual-core to a multi-core design, with the T604 GPU core being replaced with an 8-core T628 GPU. If our sources hold true, the Nexus 10 refresh might be the first design out the door packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip. According to the user manual, this chip supports from a single to an 8-core design with all the bells and whistles one might come to expect from a desktop 2013 GPU.
2GB of system memory will remain
As Google sees this part as the ideal part to take on the Apple iPad 4 and 5. Physically, the T678 is identical to T628, with ARM gunning for the tablet market with the former, and smartphone market with the latter. The main difference is the clock speed. Feature-wise, T678 in the New Google Nexus 10 tablet will support OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0 and most importantly, Google’s Renderscript Compute.
While we believe we saw a prototype design in an old chassis (it was identical to the currently selling Nexus 10), the performance difference in popular benchmarks was night and day. The final design of the part (Google currently does not have the final versions of the chassis) should address the shortcomings of the original design, even though we were told that the company was satisfied with the original design. They did agree that the design lacked a bit of “wow factor”, but that will probably wait for the third generation.
InkEvolved reports that the earliest introduction of Google Nexus 10 is expected at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, with the realistic availability being Back 2 School period. We don’t know of pricing yet but it’ll likely hover around the same price as the original, if not a bit higher.
Original Author: Theo Valich
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