Nexus 10 May Be Upgraded with Quad-Core SoC in February
Google may address performance issues with the Nexus 10 by releasing an updated model.
Bright Side of News reports that Google will address complaints of an underpowered Nexus 10 tablet by revealing a second generation model during MWC 2013. It will possibly move from a dual-core Samsung chip to a multi-core one packed with an 8-core Mali-T628 GPU. This should help push more content that's compatible with the tablet's monstrous 2560x1600 resolution.
The report stems from a prototype the site fondled during a CES 2013 breakfast with unnamed sources. The proposed T678 GPGPU chip will support OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, and Google's Renderscript Compute. It will also be backed by the same 2 GB of RAM and possibly packed into a new chassis. The prototype at hand was believed to be the current chassis on the market.
According to the report, the performance difference in "popular" benchmarks was like "night and day" when comparing the first generation with the prototype. Honestly, the Nexus 10 already seems rather zippy although movie playback is admittedly a little choppy. News of a GPU upgrade is definitely good news, but only for those who haven't already dumped over $400 in the Nexus 10 tablet.
"The final design of the [chassis] (Google currently does not have final versions of the chassis) should address the shortcomings of the original design, even though we were told that the company was satisfied with the original design," wrote Theo Valich. "They did agree that the design lacked a bit of "wow factor", but that will probably wait for the third generation."
The first-generation Google Nexus 10 tablet sports a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 SoC (Cortex-A15, Mali-T604) clocked at 1.7 GHz. It also has 2 GB of RAM, a 1.9MP camera on the front, a 5MP camera on the back, and a 10.1-inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 default resolution (300 ppi). Also under the hood is Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, NFC technology, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity.