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Google May Tap Intel’s Moorefield 64-bit Processor For Nexus 8

In an unusual move, Google may eschew ARM for a 64-bit Intel Moorefield SoC in the long-rumored Nexus 8. That’s according to a report from AndroidPit, which points out that the device’s alleged release month – July – would both conveniently coincide with Intel’s chip shipment schedule, and come after the potential introduction of a 64-bit compatible version of Android.

Moorefield is no slouch. Unveiled at MWC 2014 last month, the Atom processor has four cores clocked up to 2.3GHz, supports LTE-Advanced wireless, and features “an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory.” Speaking of the GPU, Moorefield may come paired with a PowerVR G6430, which some reports suggest is up to 20 times faster and five times more efficient than its Series 5 predecessor.

Of course, x86-based processors have their drawbacks, software incompatibility foremost. Intel last claimed that its processors could run 95% of Android apps, but applications like 3D games have been historically problematic. The debut of a Nexus tablet with Intel hardware could very well spur developers to release compatible versions of their apps, though.

We should learn more at Google I/O 2014, which is scheduled to take place in June.

Via: BGR
  • Anthony Johnson

    I consider myself as a gaming geek and happy to hear that Google is considering embedding Intel processor in their next qi enabled Nexus 8 which definitely takes the mobile gaming experience up to next level.

  • So the last Nexus will be unveiled July, be produced my Motorola, right around the time frame governments will approve or start approving the transfer to Lenovo? Hmm.

  • Guest

    So does it come with a ” Intel Inside ” sticker?

  • jhjr24

    So excited. I have wanted Intel in my devices for so long.

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    • flosserelli

      Why? What is so special about Intel?

      • j

        Intel Inside stickers.

        • Justin W

          Favorite stickers 😀

        • LTE4G

          Intel inside, idiot outside… 🙂 awesome stickers

      • Justin W

        IMO, it’s to get more competition into the market. Right now it’s all about Qualcomm, and not that they haven’t been crushing the market, I just think having another solid mobile SoC competitor would do the industry well. Nvidia has tried, but hasn’t been very successful in selling their SoC’s, and if Intel does it right, they might actually be able to take over the market.

        • anonymous

          missed this…

      • anonymous

        since no one else has said it I’ll tell you why. they invented the x86 microprocessor – even though they’re a little bit later to the mobile game, lot’s of folks are pretty excited to see how competitive they can be in the mobile space. It could go really poorly for them or really well but many of us are excited to see and hoping for the latter

        • Lionel Alva

          Uhm, no….it was IBM who licensed the x86 instruction set to Intel and then AMD followed.There was also VIA for those who remember.

          Intel, also wanted to move away from the x86 design to a new architecture in the first iteration of Itanium. It was AMD who came up with x86 – 64 and the rest is history.

          • Stu

            If you actually do some research you’ll find that Intel came up with both x86 instruction set and the 8086 processor from which the instruction set name was derived.

            AMD entered the x86 market because IBM essentially forced Intel to license x86 to them – IBM was not comfortable having Intel as the sole supplier of chips for the IBM PC from a risk management point of view. Intel received substantial royalties from AMD as a result.

    • Jawon

      If these chips finally get rid of PowerVR GPUs then I’d get an Intel tablet. Compared to ARM vendors, Intel has great open source Linux driver support for their in-house IPs. They also get their drivers mainlined upstream.

      Most ARM SoCs have poor driver support. They’re usually closed and rarely kept updated to support new Linux kernels. That’s a major reason why many Android devices just can’t reliably be updated to new versions of Android (ie. issues with graphics, WiFi, cellular, GPS, etc.). ARM SoCs get abandoned and lose support a lot quicker.

  • anonymous

    they’d be stupid not to

  • MistaButters

    The other MAJOR problem is battery life. x86 processors don’t have a good track record in stretching out mobile batteries.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I’d say you need to take a better look at the offerings from Intel these days.

      • anonymous

        agreed. blown away by the battery life of my windows8.1 tablet running a baytrail & the performance is top notch. their atom processors are way better than I ever expected

        • Justin W

          And Chromebook on a Haswell Celeron. Amazing battery life with a massive screen and a moderately sized battery for a laptop. They’ve done a lot with their recent line, and the Haswell line is a massive step forward in energy efficiency.

          • anonymous

            noo kidding, i haven’t had an opportunity to use any of the chromebooks recently but sounds like they’re awesome. really glad to hear energy efficiency is improved. I might just have to check one out, i do have an awfully long train ride in the morning and might want to bring along something other than my phone…

    • crapul

      Not agree with you, I have the motorola razr i (xt890) powered with the intel processors and the battery life is much better that 2012 flagships. The MAJOR problem is the lack of custom rom due to that intel processor. If a nexus tablet would come with an intel proc, it will help other device to get custom rom if more dev start to work on this, but the lake of drivers wouldn’t help at all.

  • morteum

    I’d buy this so hard. 32 bit is all we need for now, but give it a couple years and 64 bit will be standard.

  • Kevin B

    Should I upgrade from the 2012 Nexus 7 to the 2013, or wait for this?

    • ToddAwesome

      Depends on your disposable income.

    • DoctorJB

      I have a W8.1 BayTrail tablet and it is fantastic for both performance and battery life. I would wait and see unless there’s a great deal on a 2013, money burning a hole in your pocket or you just can’t take the 2012 any longer.

      • anonymous

        yea my w8.1 baytrail tablet is ill too. pumped to see your comment cause I love mine too

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Intel is doing some amazing things stuff with new CPUs.

    • Mark G

      I was ready to throw nexus 7 (2012) 16gb OS 4.4.2 version out of the window because it was so slow until I factory reset it. Now it’s usable again (I maintain 5gb of free space on it). I would wait until nexus 8.

      • Jake

        Were you running stock software or a custom ROM? When you say factory reset do you mean resetting withing the settings menu, or flashing a factory image?

        • Mark G

          Stock everything. Full reset from hold power + up + down button, wipe to full restart

    • j

      Wait.. definitely.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Wait for a new nexus tablet this summer. I’m in the same boat, got the 2012 Nexus 7 when it came out and an 8 inch screen in a similar form factor would be perfect. My N7 can hold up for a few more months.

    • MJ

      How can anyone tell you whether to buy a product that exists now versus a product that has not been announced?

      • anonymous

        like this…

        wait, you should definitely wait

  • chris kilps

    Please add two more inches

    • rals

      That’s what she said…

    • morgan boyle

      that’s what she said…

    • CHRIS42060

      Thankfully for me that’s NOT what she said…

  • asianrage

    I’d be interested in using an Intel-powered Nexus device.