Everybody’s favorite tablet wonk, iambillbil, has done a lengthy and detailed post dissecting the strength and weaknesses of the CPUs he’s tested during 2014 [Google Translate].
There are some surprises there based on specific uses, but what’s really shocking is his forecast for 2015.
Looking ahead to 2015, whether mobile or tablet, are again on the palm-sized screen resolution above 4096 but 2048,2560 even farther extremes. Chip requirements are more brutal. Resolution to the next level will lead to demand for memory bandwidth 4 times or 8 times the computing power will also appear on the gpu 8 times or 16 times the increment.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Given thermal limitations and battery technology constraints, it seems to me we’re going to hit a wall with tablets within a year or two unless some magic is somehow created.
Also, Android doesn’t offer everything iOS does. So this could be where iOS leaves Android even further behind. There’s only so much Matias Duarte can do tarting up Android when the fundamental problem is the guts of it.
In the meantime, Commenters have informed me that the Intel Z3580 the Nokia N1 will use is already in other tablets. The one that interests me is the delayed Dell Venue 8 7000, which zoomed compared to the Nexus 9:
Despite its lack of microSD card slot and HDMI-out, the Nokia N1 might be worthy of attention after all.