Graphics, Hardware

Qualcomm Ousts NVIDIA from Full HD ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T

Ever since ASUS came out with the first Android tablet, the company exclusively used NVIDIA Tegra chips. Things are changing with the upcoming Full HD version of Transformer Prime, the TF700T.

On a leaked slide published on a polish website, the details of ASUS Transformer Prime Full HD leaked out – the new name is Transformer FHD TF700T. The biggest surprise with the 1920×1200 pixel resolution tablet is that it is powered not by NVIDIA Tegra 3, but rather Qualcomm’s APQ8060A dual-core processor, clocked at 1.5GHz.

Leaked slide showing specifications of two new tablets from ASUS: Tegra 3 powered TF300T and Qualcomm Snapdragon powered TF700T

It is obvious that ASUS needed 2.4GB/s of video bandwidth and Tegra 3 was unable to provide that much, since the T30 SOC still comes with a single-channel memory controller. Qualcomm APQ8060A is an S4 series processor based of two Krait cores clocked between 1.5 and 1.7GHz, has a dual-channel memory controller for 500MHz LPDDR2 memory, and most importantly for a tablet with such high resolution – Adreno 225 graphics processor.
Adreno 225 is capable of driving 125 million triangles per second and can drive the 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The rest of the specs are all very interesting, especially when you compare the TF700T to a flagship Tegra tablet, the TF201.

Also about to be announced is Transformer TF300T, which is the cheaper version of everpresent Transformer Prime (TF201), featuring a regular IPS panel and only 16GB of NAND Flash memory. However, the impressive part is that this will be the first tablet with the DDR3L memory clocked at 1066MHz.

All will be revealed where else but at – Mobile World Congress 2012 taking place in at the end of February in Barcelona, Spain.