More leaks on Acer, Lenovo Android 4.0 tablets

Brooke Crothers

by Brooke Crothers November 28, 2011 11:30 PM PST
Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 OS) running on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet packing a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 OS) running on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet packing a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

(Credit: Nvidia)

One thing is certain. The Android tablet crowd has beaten Apple to the punch with quad-core silicon–and the list is growing.

In the wake of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime becoming available for order at stores like Best Buy in the U.S., a few more details have leaked on upcoming quad-core tablets from Acer and Lenovo, according to an Asia-based Digitimes report.

The two tablet suppliers will launch quad-core products on Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) in the first quarter to compete against Asus, according to the Taipei-based publication.

The report seems to imply–based on Digitimes’ sometimes dicey English–that the basic “concept” of the tablets will be the same as present dual-core tablets. Price, however, is stated a lot more clearly: between $ 459 and $ 599.

The Lenovo tablet is expected to feature a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 and 2GB of RAM–both specs unheard of in an Android tablet, according to a previous report at Engadget.

When Apple will join the quad-core club is not clear. Or even if Apple thinks it’s necessary. We know about the QXGA, 2048×1536 display on the next generation iPad but not whether Apple will opt for a quad-core chip to push around all of those extra pixels.


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