Nexus 7 actually has a Snapdragon 600 processor?

Nexus 7 actually has a Snapdragon 600 processor?

Officially, the new Nexus 7 should hit us with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. So Google had us believe in their presentation of the device on July 24th. As it turns out now, calling the processor an S4 Pro is a bit of clever semantics, because in fact, the new Nexus 7 actually has a Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood - albeit clocked down to 1.5 GHz (instead of the usual 1.7 GHz for a Snapdragon 600). The result, though, is much more than mere semantics.

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There's the S4 Pro in the Nexus 7. Or is it? / © AnandTech/Google/Asus/AndroidPIT

As Brian Klug of AnandTech realized in his review of the new Google tablet, it seems the only Snapdragon S4 Pro element installed in the new chipset is the name. Because the new Nexus 7 also has DDR3 RAM installed, not DDR2 which is typical for the S4 Pro. And there's more: the Nexus 7 has four Krait-300 CPU cores instead of the Krait-200 cores found in a typical S4 Pro.

It is pretty common for companies to have a little something up their advertising sleeve to over-represent their product's performance. Under estimates, however, are rather unusual. In the case of the new Nexus 7, however, we are seeing exactly that. Why you would call a faster processor by another name (that of a slower one) is a bit of a mystery. Sort of. Calling a Snapdragon 600 an S4 Pro makes all other S4 Pro devices look immeasurably weak in comparison.

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Old and new: among other things, the processor change means the new Nexus 7 will leave the old device in the dust. / © @evleaks

Technically, the build of the "S4 Pro" is based on all features of the Snapdragon 600. The only difference is the speed. An S4 Pro normally clocks at 1.5 GHz, a Snapdragon 600 at 1.7 GHz. So the processor used in the new Nexus 4. And this is just the way it should be.

What do you think about this strange news?

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