The current and next generation of tablets are getting into a core war: three, four, even five cores are going to be popping up in your Android (and possibly iOS and Windows) tablets. But what's the point of this numbers battle?
Most tablets fall into one of two categories: low-power devices that last for a day in standby mode but sputter when playing high-def games, and high-power models that handle demanding tasks but suck power in standby. Nvidia engineers combined a low-power single-core CPU and four high-performance CPUs onto the same die, allowing tablets to run efficiently in any situation. This Tegra 3 chip is already in high-end tablets, but manufacturers will use it in more devices, including phones, in the future.
Because the Tegra 3's cores run only when needed, tablets can last for as long as 12 hours on a charge. Additionally, its quad-core chip—prior devices were dual-core—will make games render faster and with more-realistic textures than before. Simpler media apps will run more smoothly, too; Photaf 3D Panorama, a popular Android photo app, renders twice as quickly as with previous chips.
Here are some of the features of the new crop of Tegra 3 tablets:
Quick Access: Software designers at Acer made a single modification to the stock Android operating system in their 10.1-inch tablet: a quick-access pop-up menu. From the circular menu, users can easily jump among tasks, apps and recently visited sites.
Acer A510 $450
Business-Ready: With its keyboard dock attached, the Transformer Prime morphs from a tablet into a de facto mobile workstation. The dock also houses an extra battery, which increases the tablet's standalone runtime from nine to 16 hours.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime From $500; keyboard dock, $150
Media Savvy: Lenovo engineers built the LePad K2010 with two speakers flanking either side of the 10-inch high-def screen. The speaker drivers are programmed to use acoustic tricks that create the illusion of surround sound within three feet of the screen.
Lenovo LePad K2010 Price not set
I think we're to the point that extra cores don't matter (Qualcomm S4 dual core > Tegra 3) and the real spec is the graphics card. Plus, most apps are either 1) not coded for extra cores yet, or 2) wouldn't benefit from it.
Plus, it doesn't matter how good your hardware is if you have next to 0 tablet apps to run on it.
I was waiting for the Transformer Prime to arrive at my computer dealer,but then asked myself if I really needed a quad core processor for web surfing and playing videos.As a result,I settled for a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a dual core processor,saved $100,and am quite happy with it.
the prime is my next playtoy, with docking station.
What good is a multi core when the bottleneck isn't the data that can be processed by the tablet CPU but rather the data service plan you obtain from your phone company.
Most now have limits on downloads to 5GB's and that can be exceeded in just a few hours of use.
What a joke is the broadband plans of EVERY phone company due to the way that USA sells frequencies for bank width!
agreed, thats why the geek gods invented wifi, i never use my phone data plan lol well very very rarely anyway
JVM (and as a result, Dalvik VM) automatically handles multithreading across any number of cores. If the application in question uses multithreading (which is highly likely), it will automatically utilize the cores it needs. I cant say the same for iOS, as I dont know exactly how it handles threads / processes, but since android apps are almost all Java, they dont need special code to take advantage of more cores.
My Galaxy Tab is WiFi only,so I don't worry about data plans,access the net via my wireless router,or an internet hotspot.