Intel's new 64-bit quad-core processor could be driving the next Nexus tablet

Intel's new 64-bit quad-core processor could be driving the next Nexus tablet
Last month, we passed along some speculation regarding a possible July release of a Nexus 8 tablet. One of the rumors regarding such a slate is that it would be powered by a new mobile processor produced by Intel. More precisely, it could be the 64-bit quad-core Atom "Moorefield" that Intel unwrapped at MWC. With a clock speed of 2.3GHz, the "Moorefield" processors are said to feature "an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory". Intel's LTE solution is supported, which allows for LTE-Advanced connectivity.

According to one report, if the "Moorefield" processor is indeed chosen, the PowerVR G6430 GPU would be employed for the slate. The latter is said to be 20 times faster and five times more efficient than the Series 5 models.

Intel has already announced a partnership with Asus, the manufacturer behind the first two Nexus 7 slates, and one of the companies always rumored to be behind a Nexus 8 model. And with Asus and Intel working hand in hand this year to build a line of smartphones and tablets, an Asus branded, 64-bit octa-core powered, Nexus 8 tablet with Intel Inside could very well hit the market sometime later this year.

source: AndroidPit via BGR

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15 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Cool!

2. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

biggest question is the per watt efficiency of this cpu. If it is on par with qualcom snapdragon or better then bring it on

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

yes, it is...

4. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

More interested in the Nexus 10 by HTC.

5. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Good to know, but I don't think I can wait til July (tabletless months ago), might just go for Tab Pro 8.4 instead. Now we play the wait game for Nexus 8/Nexus 10 2014, lol. Moorefield is kool, but I'd prefer the newer/upcoming Snapdragon more though. I hope the build/quality control are better on Nexus 8, unlike Nexus 7 1st & 2nd-gen.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Only a matter of time before Intel takes over. Unlike Sony and HTC claiming superiority over Samsung and Apple, Intel actually is the real deal. They will take over ARM eventually. They just have so much better chip set knowledge from their PC domination.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can see this going into a Surface RT tablet..

12. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

definitely not RT

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think about it. RT is for ARM based processors. So this cannot be used for RT. That's why Microsoft has the full version of Windows available for x86 processors. RT only came out to combat the ARM onslaught of low power, inexpensive processors that were always coming out. Intel had no way to compete against ARM. So Microsoft took Windows 8 and made it work on arm processors from Nvidia, and Qualcomm. For years intel couldn't compete with ARM in the power savings department.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't be. Everyone here was saying that Android has miles to go before it has 64bit capability, and that it was going to be so difficult for it to transition to 64bit.

9. jkc120

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

It need not run 64-bit android right away. 64-bit x86 processors are fully compatible with 32-bit, so I imagine 32-bit android x86/AOSP would work fine. And for all we know, this is their way of introducing 64-bit Android!

10. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Oh shjt. Next android will supports 64bit, intel's chip is good, it will give the best battery life and good performance

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm Leary on this one...reminds me of gen 1 with tegra.. Then gen 2 was ok and corrected imo, with the S4. I'd prefer if Intel jumped into the game with both feet instead of dipping their toe in it. That's what it seems like from my perspective an welcome another dark overlord to the field.

13. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

if the tablet was made by Asus then it is more likely to have intel soc inside. btw i heard some android developer saying that some android APP are not working on intel SOC because it lack some feature that ARM SOC have.

15. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

An Asus branded, 64-bit OCTA-CORE powered, Nexus 8 tablet with Intel Inside could very well hit the market -> I think it will be QUAD-CORE ! Sorry for causing any confusion if i turn out to be wrong :)

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