Chinese tablets with ARM Cortex-A15 chips on the way
ARM’s Cortex-A15 processors are powerful chips that offer performance that’s almost on-par with what you’d expect from a low power desktop PC processor. But if you want to buy a tablet with an ARM Cortex-A15 chip today you’re pretty much limited to buying a Google Nexus 10 tablet.
But that could change soon.
AndroidPC.es reports that Chinese electronics makers Ramos and Smart Devices are both working on new tablets with ARM’s latest processor technology.
Ramos is reportedly planning to use the same Samsung Exynos 5250 processor found in the Google Nexus 10 — but if previous Ramos tablets are anything to judge by, the upcoming tablet could be even more affordable than Google’s tablet (which is built by Samsung and sold for $399 and up).
Smart Devices, on the other hand, hasn’t actually specified which ARM Cortex-A15 chip it plans to use, but AndroidPC.es guesses that it could be a TI OMAP 5 processor. While Texas Instruments has largely shifted gears in the past year to focus on the enterprise market rather than the consumer space, the company does have a series of speedy chips in the works — and Smart Devices has regularly used TI chips in the past.
Texas Instruments also tends to offer decent support for Linux as well as Android, and it’s possible that the upcoming Smart Devices tablets could support Android and Ubuntu.