NVIDIA's Kal-El Quad-Core Mobile Chip in Tablets in October; In Phones Q1 2012

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    Although, recently TI's Dual-Core chip had a status upgrade to replace NVIDIA's Tegra as Google's "mobile chipset of choice" for new Android smartphones, it's way too early to count NVIDIA down and out. In fact, the mobile chipset and gaming graphics leader is getting ready to debut its first quad-core chip to the mobile world as early as October. Here's a quote from NVIDIA,
    Furthermore, according to industry "rumint", the first tablet to come forth utilizing the quad-core beast, will be none other than the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2. Previous rumors about this tablet suggest it will be released in October, thus completing the rumor-mill time-frame circle and making the info much more likely. If you haven't already seen it, you can check out the impressive video demo above of NVIDIA's "Superman" technology.

    This demo looks pretty amazing for gamers! If tablets, and eventually phones, reach the potential that the demo foreshadows, NVIDIA will very likely solidify themselves as the premier graphics chipset maker for mobile devices.

    Source: Android.net via TalkAndroid and AndroidandMe
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    Funny thing is I just left a post on the thread about Google choosing TI
    and that things change fast and how Nvidia could release its new chip set and
    wham be back on top again. and then this post comes out that proves just that.
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    Further confirmation that I may never replace my phone because I'll always want the one coming out in 3 months............. :icon_eek:
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    Yes and no. I think the Kal-El would be awesoem for tablets where those kind of effects will be great to have, but on a phone...not so much.
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    Yeah, I think a tablet may need that much processor power, but a phone really doesn't need more than a dual core. Where are they going put a battery big enough in a phone to run it in a phone.

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    Right there with ya! This news makes me want to just skip the Bionic. My Rom'd X is pretty darn fast and I think I could hold out another 6-8 months.
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    That's what they said about dual cores...

    I'm excited for nvidia I'm a fan have an X2 and couldn't be happier with tegra personally.
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    So it will appear in phones around CES and those phones will launch in the Q2 most likely. Close enough to a year away for me to upgrade now.
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    I heard that some Android phones will be using the TI OMAP chips next year.

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    The funny thing is, apps may not even be taking full advantage of dual-core processors when quad-core phones come out. The hardware is there, but app developers mostly want to develop for the largest market. Where is that? Not even dual-core phones, but single-cores.
    Say I'm a developer, do I want to develop a really cool app or an app that will make me money? Money all the way.
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    Quad core will still be faster than anything else out there.
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    My quad-core computer is not faster than my single-core computer at browsing the web. Likewise, a quad-core phone will not be faster than a dual-core phone or even a single-core phone if you don't have apps that need that power.
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    I have a quad core pc and a single core. I'd say the quad beats the single in every way. But.. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens in the phone world. I'm not a big web user with my phone.
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    I would agree that the quad beats the single, but I would also contend that a lot of PC games are designed to run on at least dual-cores, if not quad-cores, whereas many Android games are designed for single-cores. So the performance difference between a single- and a quad-core phone, while it may sometimes be evident, is not especially important at the moment. Not saying that won't change in the future, because I'm sure it will. For the moment, however, there isn't much of a functional difference between single-, dual-, and even quad-core Android phones. The software is just not to the point of needing that kind of hardware.