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If you were amazed by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor’s speed and power, wait till you hear about the recently showcased NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that will surely satisfy your thirst for speed and fun. Known previously by the codename “Project Kal-El,” Tegra 3 vows up to three times the graphic performance of Tegra 2. It also includes features that lowers power consumption by up to 61%, bringing you about 12 hours of High Definition video playback. So, how can Tegra 3 revolutionize an Android device–whether tablet or smartphone–that comes with it? I can think of three mind-blowing possibilities for…

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It’s really too bad that Tegra 3 was delayed for so long, when it was supposed to arrive in the first devices starting August this year. It’s now November, and we probably still won’t see it until December. That’s almost half a year delay – again. It was delayed almost as much as Tegra 2. At the very least, Nvidia should’ve given us a more realistic shipping schedule, rather than an what seems to have been an extremely optimistic one – twice. I know they want to build buzz around their chips early on, but they shouldn’t let their potential…

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When ARM announced Cortex A15 last year, they said Cortex A15 is a high-performance chip that can be used not only in smartphones and tablets, but also in notebooks, PC’s and even servers. It was very clear from the beginning that they intended to make ARM popular in the server market with this powerful chip. But one thing that was surprising and also a little disappointing was that they didn’t make this chip 64-bit. This means that any device can’t use more than 4 GB’s of RAM if the architecture only supports 32-bit. They did, however, add an extension for…

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Have you always wanted that perfect combo of tablet and laptop? Well hang in there, because Asus may have finally cracked the code. With detachable keyboard and all, this might be the perfect fit for users on the go that still want that incredible power and access to a nifty keyboard for some content creation on the move. There is not much detail surrounding this device yet, but that doesn’t mean we have not heard credible rumors. Here are some of the best rumors and the ones we are most confident about: Ice Cream Sandwich? Kal-El Quad-Core Processor Connecting Keyboard…

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Could this be the end of HTC’s exclusive use of Qualcomm chips? In a recent interview of HTC’s VP of Marketing with GSMArena, he said there’s actually “no exclusive deal” between HTC and Qualcomm, and when asked what other chips they could use, he said “Nvidia or TI-powered smartphones and tablets are possible in the future.” Qualcomm have done very well for themselves with the rise of touchscreen smartphones. They managed to grab TI’s longstanding leadership position, which happened with the rise of Android and the fall of Nokia and RIM (who mainly used TI chips). But perhaps the biggest reason Qualcomm…

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Nvidia has just dropped a nugget of gold at our doorstep – and it contains a bit of a bombshell folks. It turns out that Project Kal-El, also known as “Tegra 3″ is not actual a Quad Core SoC after all – it’s a Quintuple Core SoC. Not disclosed publicly previously, is a trick that Nvidia has been keeping up their sleeve — until today. Employing a novel process dubbed Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP) technology – NVIDIA’s Project Kal-El SoC includes a fifth “Companion Core” created using a special low power silicon process that executes select tasks like music playback,  video playback, reading loaded web pages,…

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The recent Nvidia roadmap leak shows us what Nvidia has in store for late 2011 to late 2012 period. We can see Kal-El in there, a never before seen Kal-El+ (most likely an upgraded version of Kal-El), Wayne (Kal-El’s next-gen successor), and Grey (seemingly a low-end chip). Kal-El+ was to be expected, although many people seem surprised that it exists. We learned last year when we first heard about the dual core 1.2 Ghz Tegra 2 3D that Nvidia was planning on releasing a “new” chip every 6 months, instead of just every year. That’s not very shocking considering all…

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Every tablet really wants to be the iPad 2 Killer and take the throne away from Apple’s golden boy. A lot of companies have boasted that their product will be the one to take away Apple’s top spot. A lot of it is pure hype, and with what little we know about the long rumored Amazon tablet(s), this may be the one to finally do it. The tablet itself is shrouded in mystery, but is still making big waves despite the lack of information. Still, it may all end up like the HP TouchPad. HP may have ended up failing…

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If Honeycomb tablets were likened to a plane ride, you’d be riding first-class with Lenovo’s newest addition to the Honeycomb tablets basket. Lenovo announced this week that the 10.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet running Android 3.1 Honeycomb is now available in U.S. retail stores and partner establishments. The cheapest model comes with 16 GB internal storage and is priced at US$500 (add US$30 for the digitizer pen). If you want more storage, you can get a 32-GB version for US$600 (with digitizer pen) or a 64-GB version for US$700 (also with digitizer pen). Built for business and academic use, the Lenovo…

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Nvidia promised us (again) that we’ll see their latest Tegra chip at the end of August in tablets. I don’t know if it’s their fault, or the manufacturers’ fault for adopting the chip late, or perhaps they all wanted to wait for Android 4.0 to launch it together with Kal-El/Tegra 3, but the first tablets with Kal-El got delayed until October. The first tablet that is supposed to have this quad core 1.5 Ghz chip is apparently Asus’ next-gen Transformer tablet. The first Transformer The first Transformer was probably the most loved Android tablet from the first wave of Honeycomb…