Qualcomm is joining the quad core party a bit late then most of the competition but boy oh boy they are bringing their A game. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 pro is one hell of a beast, both in specs and in price. Originally it’s being hailed as a mobile development platform but we all know that we have a bit of a “developer” in all of us.
The device houses an asynchronous Quad CPU core which will run at 1.5GHz each. An Adreno 320 GPU will help power up a 10.1” (WXGA multi touch 1366×768 pixels) display. The display is a bit behind other devices like the latest Apple iPad and Acer’s iconia Tab A700 but it gets the job done just fine. This paired with 2 GB worth of RAM makes this a very impressive device.
The device also has a few more “aces” up its digital sleeve like the inclusion of 7 microphones for FluencePRo and Ultrasound capabilities. Also included is a 13 megapixel camera with flash. The device runs on Andriod 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but Qualcomm has Jelly Bean under works in their labs. There are 2 USB 2.0 ports, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, a HDMI connector and an ethernet port. A micro SD slot is available to further increase the 32GB onboard storage memory.
The device looks to be a bit heavier than other tablets we’ve used but this might be rectified in the commercial version. The device is being introduced at a hefty price of $1,299. The device absolutely dominated every other tablet in benchmarks, leaving the Nexus 7 and Transformer Pad well behind it. But is the $1,299 price tag well worth the money? That answer can only be justified when we get our hands on the consumer version of the device.