First Quad-Core, More Android 4.0 Tablets Due
By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 12 2012 - 3:01am
BARCELONA, SPAIN –
The first quadcore
tablets, a greater selection of Android
4.0 tablets, and more 4G LTE tablets are
in store for the U.S. market in the coming
months if introductions here at the Mobile
World Congress are any indication.
U.S. retailers could also be selling 10.1-
inch tablets equipped with circuit-switched
cellular voice calling if U.S. carriers decide to
bring Samsung’s first such models to market.
Likewise, LG unveiled its first phone/tablet
hybrid, the 5-inch Vu with circuit-switched calling.
It will join Samsung’s 5.3-inch phone/tablet
hybrid called the Note, which offers those
features and is available from AT&T.
The late-February trade show attracted
more than 62,000 attendees and new tablets from
Asus, Huawei, Samsung, and ZTE. The first quad-core
models deliver processing speeds up to 1.6GHz for
Asus and 1.5GHz for Huawei.
More tablets with dual-core processors also turned
up, with new models launched by Asus (1.5GHz), Samsung
New Android 4.0
models appeared in
the booths operated
by Asus, Huawei and
Samsung, joining 4.0
announced by Coby
and E Fun.
Some of the first 4G LTE
Android tablets were introduced by Asus and ZTE. To
date, all 4G LTE tablets announced offer dual-core processors,
not quad-core processors.
Here’s what attendees found:
expanded its Transformer Pad lineup of Android-
based tablets, all with the ability to dock with a
companion keyboard to deliver a laptop-like experience.
The three models feature quad-core processors, which
complete tasks faster and with less battery drain than dualand
single-core processors. Two of the new models feature
Android 4.0 OS, and one model already available with
Android 3.2 is upgradable to 4.0.
Two are the company’s first Android tablets with 4G
LTE, and one is a Wi-Fi-only model.
Plans for the U.S. market weren’t disclosed.
The new lineup starts with the Transformer Pad Prime
series, already available with Android 3.2 and upgradable
to 4.0. It features Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.4GHz
processor and 10.1-inch LED-backlit Super IPS+ touchscreen
with WXGA 1,280 by 800 HD resolution and
600-nit brightness, which is designed for better outdoor
The Prime is the slimmest of the three, with 0.33-inch
metallic-spun chassis weighing 1.29 pounds. Into that
chassis, the Prime packs a choice of 32GB or 64GB memory,
1GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR,
8-megapixel front camera with LED flash and f/2.4 aperture,
1.2-megapixel front camera, stereo speakers, Micro
HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, gyroscope, e-compass, no
GPS and 12-hour battery life, which grows to 18 hours
when the keyboard is docked.
Another new series, the Transformer Pad 300 series, will
feature Wi-Fi-only and 4G LTE cellular versions. The Wi-Fi
version will have an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, while
the LTE version will presumably have a dual-core processor,
as has been the case with other LTE tablets announced at
MWC. It will come out of the gate with Android 4.0.
The 300, due with 16GB memory, will offer most of the
same features as the Pad Prime, including Android 4.0 and
1GB RAM, but it will add GPS, 1080p video recording
and Bluetooth 3.0.
The top series in the trio is the Transformer Pad Infinity
series, which will launch with Android 4.0, come in Wi-
Fi-only and 4G LTE cellular versions, and offer 16GB,
32GB or 64GB storage. The Wi-Fi version features the
Nvidia Tegra 3 TSS quad-core 1.6GHz processor, and
the LTE version will come with Qualcomm’s S4 dual-core
1.5GHz processor. Enhancements compared to the other
two models include FullHD 1,920 by 1,200 10.1-inch display,
Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, 2-megapixel front camera,
HDMI 1.4a port, Super IPS+ technology with 600-nit
brightness and GPS.
unveiled a quad-core tablet featuring its proprietary
K3 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The tablet is also
promoted as being optimized for entertainment uses.
The 4G HSPA+ 84Mbps device incorporates Google
Android 4.0 operating system, 2GB RAM, and IPS (inplane
switching) high-definition display with 1,920 by
1,200 resolution. Its processor features embedded GPU
for fast processing of 3D graphics, the company said.
The MediaPad 10 FHD will also support other wireless
network standards such as 4G LTE, Huawei said.
The MediaPad also comes with 8-megapixel rear autofocus
camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, unspecified
Dolby surround-sound technology, and aluminumalloy
unibody that is only 0.32 inches thick. It weighs 21.1
’s first phone/tablet hybrid, or “phablet,” is the Optimus
Vu, which features 5-inch 4:3 True HD IPS display
compared to Samsung’s Note hybrid with 16:9 5.3-inch
display. The LTE-equipped Vu features Android Gingerbread
2.3.5 OS but is upgradable to Android 4.0. The
device also features 1.5GHz dual-core processor, ability
to write and draw on documents via a stylus, 32GB of internal
memory and a 2,080 mAh battery. The display’s 4:3
aspect ratio is said to be optimized for easy viewing and
Other Vu features include 8-megapixel rear camera with
LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1080p 30 fps video
capture, 1,024 by 768 display, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and
stereo Bluetooth. The device, due in South Korea, features
800MHz LTE, which is not used in the U.S.
unveiled two quad-core Tegra 3 tablets, the 10-inch
ZTE PF 100 and 7-inch T98, as well as dual-core LTEequipped
tablets. All feature Android OS.
The quad-core tablets include the PF100 with Nvidia
Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz, WXGA
10-inch display, 16GB of memory, 5-megapixel back camera
and 2-megapixel front camera. No pricing or ship date