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New reference design had some minor bugs, but overall ran silky smooth

At Computex 2012 in Taiwan, Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM), the largest chipmaker of licensed ARM Holdings plc (LON:ARM) designs, unveiled its Windows-On-ARM (WOA) push: the long rumored and leaked Snapdragon 4 development tablet.

Both The Verge and Engadget placed their paws on the Liquid Development Tablet and took the dual-core 1.5 GHz APQ8060A Snapdragon 4 processor and Release Preview build of Windows 8 RT through the paces.

The Verge reports:

Qualcomm was adamant that the system hadn't been fully optimized yet, and that statement rang true given the difficulty we had doing some bezel gestures, not to mention some memory management (open apps kept vanishing) and rendering issues here and there, but it's plenty neat to see this stuff running even at this early stage.

Engadget appears to have encountered less frustrations, writing:

The verdict? It's smooth as silk on a 1.5GHz dual-core APQ8060A with 2GB of RAM, which means it's likely to be even more impressive on the company's quad-core offering... Most interesting, however, was a demo of Vendetta Online which ran without hiccups even when multitasking along with other apps.

Based on the mixed reviews it appears the development platform is coming along nicely, but Qualcomm is still ironing out some firmware issues.  Rumor has it that WOA devices may largely take a rain check on the 2012 holiday season, shipping in mass in Q1 2013.


Qualcomm Liquid Development Tablet [Snapdragon 4] [Image Source: Engadget]

Snapdragon 4 is a much ballyhooed design and is expected to pop up in much of the WOA tablet and hybrid stock, as well as in high-end smartphones.  The chip is build on a 28 nm process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comp., Ltd. (TPE:2330).  Notably, it lacks an on-die LTE modem, but it is expected to add one in a slightly upgraded variant which will drop early next year.

Top x86 chipmaker Intel Corp. (INTC) has already started to talk trash about the WOA experience, saying it will be inferior to x86 Windows 8.  It has some computer makers like Acer Inc. firmly on its side, but many of the larger computer makers like Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) and Dell, Inc. (DELL) have reportedly expressed interest in WOA notebooks, hybrids, and tablets.

Sources: The Verge, Engadget



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RE: Meh
By Smilin on 6/6/2012 12:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
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iOS was launched with a limited feature set as the focus was on making sure the basics were efficient and bug free.


No, it launched with a limited feature set because that's what it was capable of. Each release adds 'new' capabilities that are already present in Windows and OSX. The limited features matter little in a smartphone but for a tablet the ommisions are glaring. Think of one of the simplest tasks a PC/Mac does today: plug in a thumb drive and get data off of it. iOS still needs to add a circa 1994 usb stack before that can happen. A Windows 8 tablet won't have this challenge.

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What relevancy does this have to the article in any case,


It's an article discussing tablets and an upcoming OS for them. iOS happens to be the #1 OS in this space. Here's something iOS *can* do that would be handy for you right now: add two plus two.

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why does every non-Apple article have to result in petty, ignorant digs?


I gave no petty ignorant dig at Apple. You must have missed the fact I was talking about iOS and had nothing disparaging to say about OSX. Don't get all butthurt because I have a differing opinion about your precious.


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