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Google Nexus 10: Powered by Exynos

April 3, 2013

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Why write about a tablet that was released last year amidst the current hype over the Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement? Because the Google Nexus 10 brings a lot of great features to the table, including a few that you'll be seeing in the Galaxy S4 and future Exynos-powered devices. Achieving WQXGA resolution on a mobile device represents a significant achievement, so we'll be focusing on this particular specification in our review of the Nexus 10.

WQXGA Resolution

Running on an ARM® Cortex™-A15 based Exynos 5 Dual processor, the Google Nexus 10 boasts the world's highest resolution tablet display. The Exynos 5 Dual supports WQXGA resolution, or a 2560-by-1600 display at 300 ppi. It's the first processor on the market to successfully support this resolution in mobile devices, and the difference is immediately apparent. This powerful tablet provides an incredibly vivid display, with a level of picture clarity and color vibrancy ideal for high-quality multimedia.

Graphical Performance

The Exynos 5 Dual comes with an ARM® quad-core Mali™-T604 GPU, a powerful graphics processor that contributes to better overall graphical performance and the running of visual-intensive applications. The Mali-T604 delivers up to five times the performance of previous Mali graphics processors, making for an immersive, console-like gaming experience. In addition to stereoscopic 3D gaming support, you can expect faster and sharper movements in gameplay without the nuisance of FPS lag.

Processing Speed

Based on a 1.7GHz dual-core Cortex™-A15 based Exynos 5 Dual chip, the Nexus 10 is truly built for speed. The Exynos 5 Dual performs nearly twice as fast as Cortex™-A9 based dual-core processors while consuming 30% less power. Coupled with advanced MIMO WiFi, the Exynos 5 Dual enables web browsing speeds up to four times faster than normal WiFi. You'll be able to run multiple browser windows at once on top of open applications and still maintain speed and performance.

Movies and Multimedia

With WQXGA display resolution and a 10-inch display, the Google Nexus 10 was outfitted perfectly for watching HD movies and TV shows. You can instantly access movies in full HD, without waiting on downloads, and experience them in all of their high-resolution, cinematic glory.

Magazines & Readability

One of the biggest advantages of WQXGA resolution is the impact it has on readability. When you buy or subscribe to magazines on your Nexus 10, it's difficult to quantify the difference between the digital version and a hard copy. The display's clarity and sharpness make digital text significantly easier to read, meaning your reading experience is a more comfortable one. With high-resolution, interactive issues, readers can engage with their magazines on a whole new level.

If you want to see exactly what the Exynos 5 Dual-powered Google Nexus 10 is capable of, you're in luck. Several demos running on the Nexus 10 were featured at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013. Demos including Metaio, Tools, Geometrics and Havok put the Exynos 5 Dual and Google Nexus 10 through intensive performance and graphical tests that are worth checking out. Keep an eye on the Samsung Exynos YouTube channel for videos of these GDC 2013 demos in the near future.

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