2014: A Turning Point For Tablets

TegraK1

The Tegra K1 CPU — which has a mind-blogging one-hundred and ninety-two GPUs on board — is another sign that 2014 is going to be a turning point for tablets.

Various sites are reporting it has scored in the 43,000-range with AnTuTu and prototype hardware.

The prototype hardware …

TegraNoteK1Leak01

… I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a seven-inch tablet.

The AnTuTu score …

TegraNoteK1Leak02

… see the upper right corner for the 43,851 AnTuTu score.

Why do I say 2014 is a turning point?

There’s word that Apple isn’t going to refresh the iPad Mini this year. That would be a fatal error. It’s the most popular iPad, according to reports I’ve read.

This would give Rockchip an opening with its new 3288 CPU, which as I’ve pointed out in a previous post is rumored to score in the 40,000-range too.

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A combination of the 3288 and the iFive Mini 3 with Retina-class screen would be a monster competitor against a non-refreshed iPad Mini. It could be the first time an Android tablet outclassed Apple hardware.

Would Apple actually let that happen? Who knows? With the rumor of Apple having spoken to Tesla about an acquisition, and other rumors of production diversification, it seems Apple is on the edge of losing the focus that made it successful under Steve Jobs.

Time will tell.

In the meantime, tablets with AnTuTu scores in the 40,000-range are going to be the thing to get this year.

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4 responses to “2014: A Turning Point For Tablets

  1. Thomas

    Seems nice. But Nvidia has a high price on their products.

    • mikecane

      The initial CPUs from all vendors, including the RK3288, will likely go into higher-end products first. But at least a new floor has been set. Who will want to buy Allwinner A31s tablets that deliver just 12,000-range?

  2. M. Smith

    Yes, the RK3288 does look promising. Here’s hoping Rockchip doesn’t flounder on the initial firmware release. The RK3188 took a good six months to get a decent firmware released that actually took advantage of the SoC’s technology. However, the step up in performance between the RK3188 vs. the RK3066 was real, and in terms of tablet SoC advancement, I’d definitely call the RK3188 more of a “tock” than a “tick.”

    BTW, there is already a 40,000 score SoC on the market called the Tegra 4. That SoC came out in Oct/Nov of 2013 but it would seem only the variants of the Nvidia Note and HP Slate have embraced it. When that SoC came out, I would have sworn you’d have new tablet models released all over the place using it, but now, 4 months later, it’s still HP and Nvidia tablets using it and both have not exactly blown the doors off the tablet market.

    I don’t know all the specific of the Nvidia K1, but it’s Antutu score certainly isn’t that much more impressive than the Tegra 4. There’s even reports on the net that nVidia is over-exaggerating the K1’s abilities suggesting it would be capable of running console like games (http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/177002-john-carmack-suspicious-of-nvidias-outlandish-tegra-k1-claims).

    I’m wondering what we can expect with tablets that score in the 40,000 range? There’s still lots of talk about quad cores, but in reality few to no Android apps take advantage of more than 2 cores at once. How much “real-world” improvement will be seen in a tablet that has doubled their Antutu score (i.e. RK3188 vs RK3288)? My bet is it’ll be a little faster, be able to play intensive games a little better, but I don’t see it being the “tock” of technology.

    smithmal

    • mikecane

      According to those in the know, the Tegra 4 suffers from some kind of thermal issue. So Google went with the Snapdragon over the Tegra for the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7.

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