To be at Taipei during this time of the year does make strong business sense. Right now, Taiwan is playing host to the who’s who from the tech world for the week long annual Computex event. This has prompted Qualcomm to maintain a presence in spite of it having its own Uplinq conference taking place at San Diego. The chip maker did not disappoint either, as it had come along with some cool hardware developments that did turn quite a few heads, while also leading to a few raised eyebrows as well.
Qualcomm revealed its latest dual core Snapdragon processor that will surely make NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips feel the heat. Up until now, all tablets running Android 3.0 almost exclusively had a Tegra 2 chip at their core. For a change, there is also a tablet from Quanta that has been built around the Snapdragon dual core MSM8960 chip. Qualcomm’s dual-core MSM8660 has also reached the market, though at present, the CPU has made its debut in the HTC smartphone and not in a tablet.
The tablet made by Quanta is only a reference design right now, though it can be picked up by any company and then sold under a different brand name. The tablet on display packs in features such as a mini HDMI port, micro USB port, a microSD card slot, and an audio jack. The tablet also includes a built-in 3G module and a camera, each along the front and back of the tablet.
Running Android 3.0, another extremely nice aspect of the tablet is its display which can be considered at par as a Super AMOLED display. According to Qualcomm, the new processors should be ready for a market release towards June, by which time there is likely to be at least 40 new tablets vying for consumer’s attentention all built using Snapdragon chips.