Tegra 3 Kal-El and buying a tablet (five cores!)
Recently I came this close to buying an ASUS Transformer Android tablet (and of course the requisite keyboard dock with extra battery power). Likewise, my buddy John refrained from buying a tablet until he got an awesome deal on a 32GB HP TouchPad for $149. My mom even has an iPad 2. Not to mention the folks that got 16GB TouchPads for $99! It must be tablet-fever time… so why did I refrain from buying a Transformer tablet?
One word. Kal-El. Or perhaps two words and a hyphen? If I am going to plunk down the cash for a tablet I want that thing to have oodles of performance and to last me for a long time. Kal-El is the successor to Tegra 2 and by all accounts it should make for some awesome tablets (and eventually Android smartphones).
UPDATE 2011.09.20: Kal-El will have FIVE cores! Four high performance cores and one low-power core which steps in when the phone is idle and just dealing with background tasks (or other non-intense usage scenarios). More info below…
Laptop + Android Phone = what do I need a tablet for?
An Android phone or iPhone does pretty darn well for most tasks (in a pinch). So for me, between a laptop and an Android phone, a tablet definitely becomes a luxury item for the couch or those moments when you just can’t bring yourself to open up the laptop. Still, I would probably have snapped at the chance for a $99 TouchPad just because it was a killed deal (with decent resale potential too) and I also think the Transformers tablets are awesome machines. However, I am very happy to wait until the ASUS Transformer 2 with Kal-El a.k.a. Tegra 3 is released this fall! It should hit a sweet spot of performance and capability while hopefully featuring a decent price.
I will try to update this post as more info is released on Tegra 3 and I will also try to list which specific models have Tegra 3!