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Nexus 8 tablet could debut Intel 64-bit processor for Android

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Next on Google’s agenda may be the release of an 8-inch tablet that could follow its second generation 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet. Adding to speculation about an upcoming tablet from the search engine giant, is the rumor of Intel 64-bit hardware inside.

As InfoWorld reports (March 12), industry analysts at ABI Research predict that when the first set of 64-bit Android devices arrive, Apple's market share dominance could decline. Apple's 64-bit A7 chip having iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display will soon face some CPU competition.

As BGR reports, Intel’s 64-bit quad-core Atom “Moorefield” CPU is estimated to arrive during the second half of the year. Rumor has it that the Nexus 8 tablet (and Nexus 6 smartphone) may be given release date around that same time. Suggestions are that Google and Intel are teaming up on the two next generation Nexus devices.

Unwrapped by the chip maker at this year’s Mobile World Congress event, the “Moorefield” processor is custom designed for Android smartphones and tablets. According to Intel, “Moorefield” is built on its dual-core “Merrifield” chip feature set with two added cores for clock speeds of up to 2.3GHz.

Moorefield is also optimized for the Intel XMM 7260, Intel's 2014 LTE-Advanced communications platform. "Our new Atom processors for Android smartphones and tablets offer leading 64-bit performance and battery life,” vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, Hermann Eul said.

Pitted against Samsung’s Galaxy S4’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, in WebXPRT benchmark tests, Intel’s 64-bit Atom “Merrifield” came out on top. In Web applications, where higher is better, the dual-core Intel Atom chip scored 2.38 against the quad-core Snapdragon’s score of 1.10. With the dual-core “Merrifield” CPU scoring twice as fast, we can imagine the performance of the upcoming next generation quad-core “Moorefield” chip.

"We are entering 2014 with a very competitive mobile portfolio spanning application processors and communications platforms that will only get stronger," Eul said.

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