LG has not had the same presence in Android as the likes of Motorola, Samsung, and HTC, but the company might be looking to change that at the upcoming Mobile World Congress show. The details on LG’s new flagship device (currently called P880) have been leaked, and it’s looking like a real monster with a quad-core processor, and HD screen among other goodies.
Smartphone makers by and large appear to be skipping tri-core silicon and heading straight into four-core territory as they roll out high-end models for 2012. One of those is the X3, LG's upcoming flagship quad-core smartphone that will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 chipset and Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. A name change is probably in the cards.
What could potentially be your next high-end tablet just went up for pre-order. We're of course talking about the Eee Pad Transformer Prime from Asus, a next generation slate oozing with tech sex appeal. It has an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, for starters, along with a 10.1-inch WXGA IPS+ capacitive touchscreen display. And did someone say Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)?
Don't worry if you just locked yourself into a two-year contract with a dual-core smartphone, there aren't a ton of apps out there that truly take advantage all that computing power anyway. We're not saying that to make you feel bad about purchasing a dual-core phone; on the contrary, we don't think anyone should needlessly stress about all those quad-core devices on the horizon.
So far what is the biggest threat to the iPad’s largely unchallenged supremacy in the tablet market? The answer has certainly got to be Amazon's Kindle Fire, which sports a very enticing $200 price tag. Even though the Kindle Fire is probably the only non-iPad tablet to have generated iPad-like buzz, it's not the only affordable tablet on the market. The ranks of sub-$300 tablets are constantly swelling. And if NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is right, soon there will be a number of Tegra 3 tablets in this price range.
We don't have a whole lot of details to go on, but what little information we do have regarding Lenovo's upcoming 10.1-inch tablet is pretty exciting. The full size tablet is expected to launch by the end of the year, and when it does, it will reportedly bring a host of high-end hardware and features to the mobile party, including Nvidia's Tegra 3 platform and Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.
Nvidia's Tegra 3 mobile quad-core processor is finally official, and with it comes "PC-class performance levels," the chip maker claims. That's in addition to "better battery life and improved mobile experiences" for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. And speaking of which, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is kicking off the launch as the world's first quad-core tablet with Tegra 3 inside.
Nvidia recently shed some more light on its upcoming Tegra 3/Kal-El system-on-chip (SoC), revealing the presence of a fifth core in what was considered to be a quad-core chip until then. But unlike the Santa Clara-based graphics company, not everyone is focusing on squeezing in more and more processor cores into their mobile chips. Qualcomm, for one, has very different plans.
Originally due for a September release, the Kal-El system-on-a-chip (SoC) from Nvidia is now expected to arrive inside tablets sometime in Q4. In the meantime, Nvidia is trying to ensure that the public’s interest in Tegra 2's successor doesn’t wane due to the delay - and what better way of doing that than by telling the world about the upcoming SoC’s hitherto secret fifth core.
Android has only been around for less than three years. In this time, the Linux-based operating system has quite literally gone places, appearing on a wide gamut of devices, from smartphones to e-readers. But it’s difficult to predict its next destination. Digitimes, however, has far too many industry sources for it to refrain from speculating. According to the site, Asus plans to build an Android notebook. Hit the jump for more.