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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core Beast Developer Tablet Can Be Purchased for $1300

If the Nexus 7 is just too cheap for you, then might we suggest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro developer slate? Before we get into the technicals, we should state this device is not for the everyday tablet buyer. Sure, it can run your Angry Birds better than anything on the planet, but devices of this caliber should be purchased only by developers and programmers alike. 

So, what exactly are you getting for $1299.99? Under the hood is the new Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor with asynchronous Quad CPU cores, running up to 1.5GHz each. Graphics are handled by the beefy Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM and of course, 32GB of storage for all of your goodies. The tablet features a high resolution 10.1 WXGA display, is equipped with a 13MP back-facing camera, houses 7 mic’s for “Ultrasound,” and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Damn.

Demand is high, so orders won’t be shipping out for another 2-3 weeks, but if you need to program that next hit app on it, then here’s the buy link for you.


Via: Engadget

  • Does it have a physical button on the bottom? If so, wtf!?!

  • But can it run Windows 95…

    • JoshGroff

      I’m more of a 98 guy myself, brings back fond memories of playing Pac-Man and 101 windows games (or something like that) as a child on my mom’s old computer.

  • feztheforeigner

    Yeah, but it can’t run Dead Trigger at “Ultra High”…the processor isn’t good enough…


  • jjrudey

    Sounds almost worth it.

  • AJA0

    “..The Qualcomm Developer tablet will ship with a locked bootloader”

    • mikey

      your one of the most annoying people on here. i bet you dont even know what a bootloader is.

      • AJA0

        You’re* I* don’t*.

    • JoshGroff

      So does the Xoom, and then you “fastboot oem unlock”

  • majorhunadadun

    It’ll run a mean piece of Jellybean I bet!

  • teevirus

    That bezel is fairly large but its not like I am in any danger of purchasing this device.

  • kfath1978

    While were on the wifi topic, anyone know of a working wifi tether app that works w/ vzw nexus running stock jellybean (rooted)? i have installed a few and they never broadcast out a signal…

    • NexusPhan69

      Why do you need an app? Just toggle it on with a widget like power controls or the like.

      • kfath1978

        yea that worked…..dont know what i was thinking…had a app that i used b/f i rooted…thanks for the help!

        • NexusPhan69

          No problem. I didn’t know that any toggle bypassed Verizon’s lock on tethering for the first 4 months I owned this phone until someone told me. People helping people.

          • kfath1978

            yet another silly question…..will vzw chage me to use it?

          • NexusPhan69

            If they catch you I would assume so. I’ve been clear for 4-5 months. Nothing on my bill, no text or email warning. Supposedly custom ROMs often block Verizon from seeing that. I’m not sure who told me that or how accurate it is tho. Been custom since before I discovered the tether trick.

          • TheOiulkj

            Verizon includes tethering ever since they introduced the share plans, so no, they won’t bother you. Even if you’re still grandfathered into an unlimited plan, they won’t say anything to you about tethering. I tethered for 2 years and they never said a word to me. Mind that I’m not a huge data hog though.

    • ddevito

      which ROM? some have it baked in (bugless beast for one, not sure about the others). Just simply turn it on in Settings.

    • Droid4LifeDawg

      You don’t need an app, Settings > More > Tethering & Portable Hotspot > Portable Wi-Fi hoptspot – Check it.

  • ddevito

    What’s the difference between a “developer” tablet and the Nexus 7?

    Why spend $1300 on specs most tablet users DON’T have access to? If you’re developing an app why use all that storage, why use all those mics – for what purpose?

    What a complete waste of money! And they throw the “developer” tag on it like that makes a difference.

    • Liderc

      Agreed. It’s not like developing takes more processing power than your average consumer device. Not to mention, people don’t develop software ON tablets, they use desktops.

      • The point is, they want devs to make apps that utilize the new chipset/available ram. It’s not rocket science…

    • Matthew Brown

      and you need a 13mp camera to develop apps?

      • JoshGroff

        When don’t you need a 13MP camera? 😉

  • tbert03

    Sweet deal! I’ll 4.

  • John Burke

    I’d rather get 7 Nexus 7’s

  • Mike

    I’d trade 6 of those microphones for Jelly Bean.

  • Why do u have to be a dev to buy it? What if you’re just filthy rich?

    • If you have the means, go for it.

      • Michael_NM

        I think we’d all benefit from that kind of power, but keeping an extra $1300 in the bank is probably the wise choice. 🙂

      • Trevor

        I expect a review by the end of the week…..

      • randy

        Do I smell a review coming up? 🙂

        • michael arazan

          This is a great tool, probably the best one out there for devs. Google needs more tablet apps from what I’ve read, and should create their own Nexus developer tablet too, that has all this but for a cheaper price to help devs get their constructs to the market. Call it the Nexus Infinity.

      • Allen Byrd

        I want the power.
        I want it a lot.

  • Trevor

    Qualcomm, please put in phone form. Thank you!

  • Liderc

    You must mean: “Can be laughed at for $1300.”