NVIDIA’s Tegra2, touted as the world's first mobile super chip, may emerge as the favoured processor for the second wave of Tablet PC offerings from leading manufacturers: The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has seen a slew of announcements featuring the dual core, GeForce GPU-based, full HD ( 10800)-enabled ultra low power NVIDIA chip under the hood of tablets from Samsung, LG, ASUS, Acer and Toshiba.
This new category with a fast CPU-GPU combo chip like the Tegra 2 and the Android operating system is being called a SuperTablet -- because of its near PC performance, faster browsing and full HD video capability . Some makers like Asus have also announced SuperTablets based on Intel's Core i5 processor -- but right now the Tegra is flavour of the month -- chip wise-- for zippy, HD computing and viewing.
LG unveiled the Tegra 2 powered Optimus Pad tablet, the world’s first to feature a 3D camera for capture and sharing of three-dimensional video. Optimus features a unique 8.9″ display with a 15:9 aspect ratio. With full 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution, the screen makes the tablet easier to grip and use with one hand.
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – again fuelled by Tegra 2 and using the Android 3.0 ( Honeycomb) user interface in a new 10.1 inch size – an advance on its earlier 7 inch Galaxy Tab.
Acer’s Iconia TabA100 and A500 are also Tegra2 powered, Android-based 10.1 inch tablets optimized for HD entertainment and 3-D games.
Another SuperTablet is the Asus EeePad slider, with a 10.1 inch touch screen and a slide out full; QWERTY keyboard.
Expect to see most of these supertablets in India by mid 2011.
Feb 15 2011