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Can x86 based tablets still compete

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    Can x86 based tablets still compete


    If you saw the latest announcement of the Galaxy S4 you may have noticed that they come with really powerful ARM processors - Qualcom 1.9GHz quadcore and a 1.6GHz octocore.

    I would think that these CPUs perform really well. I already notice that my modest Tegra 3 quadcore in my little tablet is very potent. I wonder where that leaves the x86 based tablets. The mobile i5 looks like a lame duck compared to these new processors - and I am sure they will appear in many new tablets.

    The rest of the S4 specs are also impressive. I have not yet seen a US price, but from what transpired in Europe I would guess it will be around $750. What is strange is that the more powerful octocore processor is only available in Europe and Asia - not in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you saw the latest announcement of the Galaxy S4 you may have noticed that they come with really powerful ARM processors - Qualcom 1.9GHz quadcore and a 1.6GHz octocore.

    I would think that these CPUs perform really well. I already notice that my modest Tegra 3 quadcore in my little tablet is very potent. I wonder where that leaves the x86 based tablets. The mobile i5 looks like a lame duck compared to these new processors - and I am sure they will appear in many new tablets.

    The rest of the S4 specs are also impressive. I have not yet seen a US price, but from what transpired in Europe I would guess it will be around $750. What is strange is that the more powerful octocore processor is only available in Europe and Asia - not in the US.
    Hi there
    The same was true of the original Galaxy SIIIs -- Quad core in Europe and Dual processor in US -- maybe US users need longer battery life -- have no idea why the difference in spec. -- Some sort of "Silly Green Save the planet" regs or whatever --I've NO IDEA.

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    Some sort of "Silly Green Save the planet" regs
    I don't think so. The US would be the last place where I would suspect some 'save the planet' initiative. They are wasting energy as if there was no tomorrow. Statistically (from 2008) a US citizen uses 3.5 times the energy of a German or French citizen.
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