This week, Google had designed a new Android press eventuality to start on Monday, a 29th of Oct in New York City. Unfortunately, due to a impact of Hurricane Sandy (aka a “Frankenstorm”) that eventuality has been cancelled.
However, a lot of news about what was due to be announced during that eventuality has already leaked to a public. An updated 32GB Nexus 7 with mobile information use options as good as a new Nexus 4 handset (manufactured by LG Electronics) is due for recover shortly.
But a many poignant product that was due to be announced by Google during that eventuality was a new 10″ Android inscription famous as a Nexus 10.
Great, more Android tablets, we say. What’s so special about this one?
Besides a apparent program refurbish (to Android 4.2, formerly referred to as “Key Lime Pie” though is now usually referred to as an incremental recover of “Jelly Bean”) this is a initial famous 10″ tablet to implement Samsung’s Exynos 5 System on a Chip (SoC).
Samsung tablets and smartphones, for a many partial have used chips that were designed by other companies, this notwithstanding a fact that Samsung is a heading agreement SoC member manufacturer/foundry in and of itself.
Historically, Samsung has finished a A-series SoCs for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, though has not been means to use those chip designs for their possess products.
In a arise of a ongoing authorised issues betwen a twin companies, Apple is approaching to transition many of a chip production to TSMC, a Taiwanese-based semiconductor firm, that is important for being a primary foundry for a NVIDIA Tegra 3 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon, both of that are heavily used in Android inscription products.
While this sounds like a outrageous loss, Apple usually represents approximately 5 percent of a Korean wiring giant’s handling profit.
Although a association has been producing a possess branded semiconductors for over a decade, it has usually been really recently that Samsung’s home-grown chip, a Exynos, has been used in Samsung-branded full-size tablets.
To date, a Exynos SoC has been used on some, though not all of a company’s smartphones.
The initial Android inscription that used Samsung’s possess Exynos chip was a strange 7″ Galaxy Tab, that was a single-core design.
But Samsung tablets and smartphones for a many partial have used chips that were designed by other companies, this notwithstanding a fact that Samsung is a heading agreement SoC member manufacturer/foundry in and of itself.
For example, a Galaxy Nexus as good as a initial and second-generation Galaxy Tab used Texas Instruments’ OMAP, and a North American chronicle of a best-selling Galaxy S3 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon. Both of that were finished underneath permit regulating Samsung’s possess chip foundries.
The Exynos 4, that is finished regulating a 32-nanometer routine and is avaliable in both twin and quad-core configurations, has many recently finished a approach into a Japanese chronicle of a Galaxy S3 as good as a Galaxy Note “Phablet”.
The Galaxy Note 10.1, that has usually had lukewarm success in a North American market, was a usually mass-market 10″ inscription to use an Exynos 4.
Dual-core, fourth-generation Exynos chips were also used in Samsung’s renouned Galaxy S II smartphone.
The newest chronicle of a dual-core chip, a Exynos 5, or 5250, is clocked during 1.7Ghz and utilizes a latest-generation ARM Cortex-A15 architecture, with an onboard ARM Mali T604 quad-core graphics estimate section (GPU)
The Exynos 5 has recently finished a approach into a latest era Samsung Chromebook, that has been heralded as a vital feat for a association essentially since a device has a eminence of regulating mostly all Samsung components — a SoC, a RAM, a arrangement unit, peep storage and battery — and costs only $250.
According to new reports, Google’s Nexus 10 is going to use a same Exynos 5 SoC, with a Samsung-manufactured display, Samsung-manufactured memory and peep storage, as good as Samsung batteries and wireless/LTE chips.
As such, a inscription is approaching to cost extremely reduction than a competitors, utterly a entry-level 16GB Apple iPad 4th-generation with Retina Display, that sells for $500. The Wi-Fi chronicle of a Nexus 10 could cost reduction than $400, and presumably even enter a marketplace during a $349 cost point.
To pacify a deal, a Samsung arrangement on a Nexus 10 is approaching to be of even aloft pixel firmness (2560×1600) than a iPad (2048×1536).
While a ARM Mali GPU on a Exynos 5 isn’t approaching to be as powerful as a GPUs on Apple’s A6X or on a NVIDIA Tegra 3, creation it reduction than ideal for performance-hogging 3D OpenGL games, a altogether chip pattern of a SoC is reportedly most “greener” and power-miserly than a competitors. So a battery life on a Nexus 10 should be glorious and could even opposition a iPad’s.
The finish outcome of all of this is that Google, by trait of a partnership with Samsung now has a ability to contest with Apple (and also other Android OEMs as good as Amazon) on price, creation a altogether package most some-more constrained and providing a turn of straight formation formerly secret with full-size Android tablets.
While Android-based inclination have finished utterly good in a Smartphone market, a inscription marketshare for full-sized inclination has been comparatively lackluster, especially since OEMs such as Samsung have nonetheless to be means to cost them inexpensive adequate or yield allied underline sets in a finish package to what exists on a stream era iPad.
The Exynos 5 SoC total with Samsung’s straight formation and other production bravery could infer to be a much-needed “Messiah” chip for Android as a inscription platform.
Android tablets still have other issues, such as altogether defective applications to iOS, bad manufacturer support and sparse (or non-existent) program updates that will concede Apple to say a autocratic inscription lead over Google’s mobile height for some time to come.
Still, obscure a production costs by regulating all home-grown components as good as being a Google Experience device could give a Nexus 10 as good as Samsung some most indispensable rival advantages.
Will a Exynos 5 and a home-grown components in a Nexus 10 be a savior of Samsung and Google in an Apple-dominated inscription market? Talk Back and Let Me Know.
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