When we reviewed the Samsung-made Nexus 10, we noted that, despite being relatively pleased with the tablet’s real-world performance, its benchmark figures really didn’t seem all that impressive. That’s not entirely surprising, considering the huge number of pixels the hardware needs to drive with that 2560 x 1600 resolution. Is Google already thinking about giving the tablet a little upgrade to help give performance an extra boost? That’s the rumor we’re hearing this afternoon, with talk about a new chipset debuting for the Nexus 10 at the MWC.
Bright Side Of News claims to have had the opportunity to see a prototype of this new Nexus 10 hardware, and that “the performance difference in popular benchmarks was night and day” compared to the original. It attributes this improvement with the move from the T604 GPU in the current Nexus 10 to a Mali-T678 component, which runs at a higher clock speed and supports up to eight GPU cores.
As for other changes, there’s been some suggestion that the refreshed Nexus 10 might graduate from a dual-core to a quad-core A15 setup, but Bright Side Of News really isn’t clear with the way it’s worded things, and while it throws around the term “quad-core” quite a bit, stops short of plainly saying that’s the main processor it’s talking about. We definitely get the sense that it means a quad-core A15 (as the GPU can’t very well be both quad-core and octa-core), but are hesitant to misinterpret things. Admittedly, we’d sure love to see it with such a chip, but don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
The site claims that the “earliest introduction of Google Nexus 10 is expected at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona,” but we’re not even sure if that’s based on news from any particular source, or is just speculation. In any case, we’ll be on the lookout for news of the tablet as we kick-off our on-site MWC coverage in just a few weeks.