A tablet device powered by the latest NVIDIA Kal-El chipset with 5 cores no doubt makes for a juicy proposition, though the question that remains unanswered is whether there will be enough juice for the tablet to ensure users get to use the power of all the five cores long enough. ZTE didn’t answer that when it unveiled the world’s first tablet device built around the latest from NVIDIA at PT/Expo Comm China.
From the outside, the ZTE T98 does not break any new ground when compared to the other 7 inchers out there. The 7 inch display boasts of a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The OS for the T98 tablet would be Android 3.2 Honeycomb and will have 1 GB of RAM. For the cameras, the device will have a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and a 2 megapixel camera on the front. The device is just 11.5 mm in thickness but that is enough to include within it 16 GB internal memory as well as a 3G modem. A 4000mAh battery pack is tasked with the job of ensuring the tablet remains alive and kicking for a respectable amount of time.
Now to give you a rough idea as to what NVIDIA Kal-El is all about and what makes it so special; to begin with, NVIDIA Kal-El is the newest processor from NVIDIA, though it is yet to be formally launched. Until that happens, the now popular NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip will be the latest. Also, the new Kal-El—code name for now and may be called Tegra when launched—takes forward the low power and high performance credential even further and includes 4 cores to enhance computational power. However, there also is a fifth core that comes into play when the device is put to sleep to ensure the drain on the battery is just bare minimum. As for its clock speed, the chip runs at 1.5 GHz, though the one on ZTE T98 has been downrated to 1.3 GHz.
Also, while ZTE may be the first to come up with a Tegra 3/Kal-El based tablet, it is just a matter of time before others join the party. Rumors are ripe regarding a Kal-El powered tablet from Asus might be the next in line.
Price and launch details of the ZTE T98 are a secret as of now, though let’s hope we won’t be kept waiting too long for a tablet that seems to be thoroughly interesting.
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