Google Nexus 8 on Release Date is Powered by 64-Bit Quad-Core Intel Chip? 5 Key Upgrades to Watch For

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By Erik Pineda | March 11, 2014 4:35 PM EST


Google 'Nexus 8' tablet appears on Android website.

According to BGR, Google will abandon Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPUs in favour of the Atom-class Moorefield processing chip that Intel is ready to power mobile devices starting in the second half of 2014.

The 8-inch vanilla Nexus tab will remain an Asus opus, based on earlier reports. This indicates that the Taiwanese device maker will likely opt for an Intel chip as BGR noted too that Asus is among the partner companies mentioned when Moorefield was first unveiled at the recently-concluded MWC 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Should these conjectures become true, it is interesting to note what exact benefits Android fans are getting from a Nexus 8 that draws its life from an Intel-designed chip architecture. Below are the possibilities:

A muscle-car but power efficient chip

The Moorefield specs say it all. It is an Atom class CPU so the basic engineering is not power hog but at the same time, the power is not to be sneered at. The precise clock limit is at 2.3GHz in quad-core, which is governed by the faster and more accurate 64-bit mobile computing standard.

More RAM provisions

The 2013 Nexus 7 already came with 4GB of RAM. But with 64-bit computing on the Nexus 8, higher numbers can be expected in the random access memory department with giant bonus - superfast write and read.

Cutting-edge mobile device GPU

With Intel on board the Nexus 8, the graphic engine is most likely a member of the PowerVR Series 6 family, which is a not-so-distant relative of the same GPU that fires up the Retina display panel of the iPad Mini 2.

In particular, the hardware will be PowerVR G6430, which according to Android Pit is 20 times faster than the previous PowerVR class and is five times more energy efficient.

Breakneck LTE chip

Deeply embedded with Moorefield is full-support for a superfast wireless internet access, thanks to Intel's automatic pairing with LTE-Advanced technology. That would mean the Nexus 8 will connect to the Internet at blazing speed where LTE network is available.

Fresh Android out of the box

As a Nexus device, the Nexus 8 is designed to stand on the latest Android build that Google can supply and at its purest form. There will be no bloatwares on this upcoming iPad Mini rival and the consensus among Android fans, Google will debut Android 4.5 with the Nexus 8.

As always, when the next Android update comes to town, the compact tablet will be among the first to absorb the patch or major upgrade.

Release date of the Nexus 8 is believed to be around early July 2014 or in the immediate weeks or even days following its grand preview at Google's annual I/O Developers Conference set on June 24 and 25.

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Google 'Nexus 8' tablet appears on Android website.
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