Possible LG tablet may be nearer, clears Bluetooth certification
1. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
It's kind of funny and sad how tablets are coming with weaker specs than phones...
It makes sense since flagship phones are around ~600 while tablets are ~500. Even yet, tablets have much bigger screens and more materials used, especially a bigger battery (which takes up a big % of the BoM)
I remember reading the transcript of an interview with Hugo Barra, and how he wasn't satisfied with the quality of the Android tablet options available right now. I agree, but how could this change? Tablets are seeing lower margins than smartphones already, but because they're mainly media consumption devices vs. a laptop, it can't go over 500 before turning away a large portion of potential customers.
However tablets are expected to have powerful SoCs with sizable ram, allowing good multitasking capabilities and seamless control. But with the budget constraints, it just can't happen.
Its understandably expected to deliver superior performance... but costing less than a smartphone -- thats a pretty tough situation to be in. The only reason the large iPad can sell enough units at a healthy 600 is because of it's iconic brand name and recognition. To get a really decent experience on a tablet, you have to pay 230 USD -- and thats heavily subsidized. Other manufacturers making non-Nexus tablets don't have that luxury. If they could sell an equivalent at maybe 270 USD+, who would buy it? No one.
2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4838; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Tablets are used for entertainment like watching movies, playing games, surfing the web etc.
Don't tell me that you want a tablet with 2.2GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM, if you want specs like this, why not get a smartphone instead of a tablet with specs like this? A tablet with Snapdragon S4 processor 1 or 2GB of RAM is already decent.
3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Perhaps I'm just being biased because I had a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and that thing was and is trashy. Barely good for media consumption or playing any sort of game well. Just moving through the UI is like Parkinsons, battery runs out in 4 hours after a few months, takes 2/3 a day to charge to full etc. This was only a year ago when it was released too.
Perhaps the top-end tablets can pull its weight now, but I would still wait until the end of next year before I give Android tablets a try again. Nexus devices are great because they have at-cost pricing. If you want any tablet from a different manufacturer that isn't going to be the case.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)
1GB of RAM is not even an option anymore.. 2GB should be the standard. I rather have S800 on both my phone and tablet solely for Adreno 330 GPU. And the S800 can be clocked at 2.3GHz max, not 2.2GHz.
9. oister85 (Posts: 385; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
One 1gb of ram and a s4 processor Is not enough. S4 pro is decent.
5. Dr.Phil (Posts: 820; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I would say there is a good amount of high-end tablets out there. The Nexus 10 was high-end when it was released. Samsung is most likely going to release a new Galaxy Note tablet with it's Exynos Octa processor in it and a "retina" display. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is about to be released soon with it's Tegra 4 processor.
The only reason you are seeing these "low-spec" tablets is because they are trying to offer something to compete with the Nexus 7 and other low-priced tablets out there. You will see more high-end tablets later on this year, more towards the holiday season.
Usually, the tablet/smartphone calendar goes like this:
Q1/Q2: smartphone announcements (HTC One, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z)
Q3/Q4: phablet announcements (Galaxy Note III, HTC One Maxx, and I would also put Xperia Z Ultra in here since it was so close to the beginning of Q3) and tablet announcements.
Not to say there aren't some that break this schedule, but the trend has shown it to be this way.
6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah I know I've seen the newer tablets and they look like much better performants. The Adreno 330 and it's equivalent rivals seem to be able to handle 1080p displays without a hitch now.
Still though, I've found like I like to torture my tablets with 10 internet tabs while switching back and forth a lot. That is definitely a beating that a tablet with 1gb of ram and a dual core 1.0GHz processor cannot take.
I've already decided to wait until 64-bit ARM or Atom processors come so I can buy a tablet with 4gb of ram or maybe even more!
7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 820; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I will not lie, I am also looking forward, and perhaps even waiting, for the latest Intel chipsets to be released. I do believe they would be great Android tablet chipsets. Samsung has recently shown that it has a good relationship with Intel with it's release of the latest Galaxy Tab devices. Perhaps we may see a future Samsung tablet powered by the latest Intel chipset along with a high resolution display.
I am actually considering buying a cheap 10 inch tablet in the meantime that may be powered by the current Intel chipset (I kind of like the ASUS FHD 10).
I would think 2014 would really be the year to buy a tablet with the advancements in mobile chipsets. I am also excited to see what the Kepler GPU will bring to the table.
8. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah, Jen Hsun-Huang really seems to be betting on tablets bringing on the performance with Tegra.
I think it's been more or less already decided that the Tegra 4 was a wash, but Tegra 5 seems to be a lot more ambitious this time around. Apparently with the Tegra 5, their chip will be leapfrogging all the others with support for OpenGL 4.4! (or something along those lines)
They also promise better power consumption and heat management -- then again, they always do. With each Tegra they're learning more from their mistakes hopefully, so I think this next one will be a make-or-break. Considering how much Jen put on the line, betting on Tegra I think it'll be a pleasant surprise.