Qualcomm Unveils Developer Tablet for $1,300

July 25, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Do you think chip makers just make chips and supply them to gadget makers? That could be true with many of the chip makers but not with Qualcomm, a company better known in the gadget world for its Snapdragon chips used by major smartphone makers.

Qualcomm also makes chunky devices for developers and the latest in the list is a 10.1 inch tablet. In fact, it is not a tablet per se, it’s a mobile development platform (MDP) in tablet form factor. Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP happens to be Qualcomm’s first MDP to have a tablet shape.

The rig packs A Qualcomm APQ8064 processor chip with four asynchronous chores each running at a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. To beef up that power, it packs an Adreno 320 Graphic Processing Unit and 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM.

It packs a 10.1 inch 720p display and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. It also has a 13 mega pixel camera on its back, supplemented by a 2 MP camera in the front. It also brings along 7 Ultrasound microphones.

As you can expect, the beefy processing power of the machine keeps it above devices like Nexus 7, Galaxy S III, One X devices with different processor chips. A glance at the comparative scores in different benchmark tests explains this point clearly.

There’s another major difference. The rig costs $1300 on BSQUARE’s store. That’s a normal thing with Qualcomm which sold its developer phone earlier for $1,000.

What do you think? Are you planning to buy the device? Do let us know.

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