1. The Hustleman's Avatar
    Why is the nexus 7 a quad core but the nexus 10 a dual core?

    Any insight into why Google did that?

    Why make a tablet with a superior form factor (10"screen) and then cripple it with a processor inferior to the 7" mini tab?



    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the galaxy S III unfortunately on T-Mobile
    11-27-2012 10:52 PM
  2. Ry's Avatar
    Crippled?

    It's really an apples to oranges comparison.


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    11-27-2012 11:20 PM
  3. Chadwick17's Avatar
    Someone else more knowledgeable can get into the specifics, but I believe there is a lot more to it than just dual-core vs quad-core. I believe the Nexus 7 has a Tegra 3 quad-core and the Nexus 10 has a Exynos 5 dual core. I have read in different places that some believe the Exynos is a better quality processor than the Tegra? I don't know exactly why but I have seen that stated before. Also, the clock speed of the processor has something to do with it (the 7 is clocked at 1.3 GHz while the 10 is at 1.7 GHz).

    There's a lot more to it but you can't base quality simply by the amount of cores.
    11-27-2012 11:20 PM
  4. still1's Avatar
    read this New Samsung Cortex A15-based chip opens door to Retina Android tablets | Ars Technica

    you will get an idea. it also compares quad core processors. the new processor mentioned in the article is the one used in Nexus 10
    Ry likes this.
    11-27-2012 11:24 PM
  5. Patrick Schroedl's Avatar
    Why is the nexus 7 a quad core but the nexus 10 a dual core?

    Any insight into why Google did that?

    Why make a tablet with a superior form factor (10"screen) and then cripple it with a processor inferior to the 7" mini tab?
    I'd be hesitant to call 10" tablets inherently superior there are advantages and disadvantages to all screen sizes and aspect ratios. In the same way, I don't think the lack of a quad-core processor will "cripple" the Nexus 10.

    Starting with 4.0, Android's UI has been increasingly hardware-accelerated, meaning the work is done with the GPU rather than the CPU. The only situation in which a dual-core CPU represents a "crippling" disadvantage in comparison to a quad-core CPU is in highly CPU-intensive gaming and number-crunching applications. The UI, as well as demanding graphics, etc. are all handled by the GPU. Whether the GPU is adequate or not is another question entirely (one which I personally have yet to even think about), but I don't think that you'll run into many issues with the Nexus 10 as far as processing power. Android's multi-tasking and multi-threading methods are resilient and relatively efficient.

    Also, many applications aren't developed to make use of more than two physical processing cores.
    11-27-2012 11:24 PM
  6. The Hustleman's Avatar
    I take this comment back,i did some reading and this chip is actually more advanced than any quad core

    sent from the best smart phone (not phablet) on the worst network- the galaxy S III unfortunately on T-Mobile
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    11-28-2012 06:22 AM
  7. Ry's Avatar
    This is one reason why specs (shouldn't/really don't) matter right now. You have to look deeper.
    11-28-2012 12:02 PM
  8. RonD's Avatar
    It is like comparing 4 Volkswagens to 2 Ferrari's. The N7 uses an ARM9 architecture and the N10 uses ARM15. Also the N10 has a better GPU.
    Ry likes this.
    11-28-2012 01:31 PM
  9. domo22's Avatar
    Does the power button seem really recessed on your guys devices. Mine is almost flush with the tablet.
    12-01-2012 10:24 PM
  10. lumpynose's Avatar
    I agree; it could be out a little bit more.
    12-01-2012 10:33 PM

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