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Google could launch the Nexus 8 with Intel’s 64-bit Moorefield chip

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Rumors of Google launching the Nexus 8 with an x86 based Intel chipset are gaining more traction as the days pass. A new rumor now claims that the Mountain View giant could be looking to get Intel’s 64-bit quad core Moorefield chipset for its upcoming 8 inch Nexus tablet. The Moorefield chip supports quad core processors with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, so it’s not behind by any means. The chip will reportedly use the PowerVR G6430 GPU, which is up to 20 times faster than the older series 5 GPU.

It is said that Google will launch a 64-bit compatible version of Android by June (possibly at the I/O event) with hardware to follow suit in July with the aforementioned tablet. Interestingly, this is also when Intel is expected to start supplying the chips to manufacturers, so it all lines up pretty well. However, since this is only a rumor for now, we suggest you take it with a pinch of salt. It will be a very bold move from Google to ditch ARM and go with Intel, with developer support one of the major concerns as well.

Source: Android Pit

Via: BGR


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  1. Indeed. 2 GB of RAM itself is more than enough in current scenario. Unless mobile devices completely replaces computers then more RAM is not necessary.

  2. Oh, I see where you’re coming from. However, one thing you have to realize is that, yeah, Android has to be more powerful and vastly customizable. Android is open source, it’s been built off of the ideas that developers should be able to do a lot of things with it from the ground up. iOS, on the other hand, is supposed to run smoothly and be a relatively simple and connected OS. Two very different business plans–it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

  3. It’s not much about the device being amazing, it’s more about what the company intends to do with the devices. Apple only wants to make money from the iPads. And the Nexus series (at least) started as devices for developers to play around with. The based off of Linux’s kernel, the Android OS is much more powerful and vastly customizable than Apple’s iOS. I know many people don’t agree with this “theory” of mine, but I stand with it.

  4. They’ll probably stick with Asus for this one too. They are sticking with LG for the next Nexus. That’s probably because Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 are real great devices and reflected the same in sales. But the Nexus 7 did not sell that much.

  5. Yeah. if I’m not wrong, the whole 64 bit processor thing came into existence because the 32 bit variant was not able to support more than 4 gigs of RAM. That should be the case with smartphones as well. And we rarely see smartphones and tablets with 3 gigs of RAM now. So we don’t need 64 bit chips for mobile devices at least for a couple more years, IMO.

  6. It’s a hard decision, really. The iPad Air is actually a really amazing device and can easily be compared to something like a Nexus 7 or 8. We’ll have to see what happens this year.

  7. Looks juicy. Hopefully Nexus 8 will see even better success than Nexus 7. Any news as to who will make the device? Will they stick to Asus?

  8. Nexus devices any day against Apple devices, and Nexus devices any day against any other Android device.

  9. I don’t understand why this clamor for 64 bit devices. Apple started this and overhyped it and now everyone is running around to make a 64 bit device.

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