When we first took a look at the Tegra 3, Nvidia's update to the incredibly popular Tegra line of processors, we were promised tablets based on the architecture this fall. It looks like this promise is coming true, because although most manufacturers are still releasing Tegra 2 devices, ZTE is moving right ahead with a new Tegra 3 tablet.
Demoed today in China, their T98 tablet is based on the Tegra 3 chipset, which boasts an impressive four cores, 3x the graphics speed of the Tegra 2, the ability to play Blue-ray movies, and support for higher resolution 1900 x 1200 resolution. It is interesting to note that the processor was identified as a Tegra 3, and not a Kal-El processor, but whatever name they give it, the chipset should be powerful.
Other hardware highlights include a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, 5MP rear and unknown resolution front camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery. All this fits into a case that is a mere 11.5mm thick. For the demonstration, the device was running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but that could change depending on the release date. It also had GSM connectivity, but it is not likely that it will ever support US networks.
While the Tegra 2 is still the standard for high-end devices, it is nice to see what is in the works for the next generation of portable technology. Even if this specific tablet never lands in the US, it should give us hope that new and powerful Tegra 3 tablets are almost here.[SlashGear]