NVIDIA: Kal-El Coming to Tablets this Fall, Phones Early Next Year


This story sure is making the rounds quick. After it was rumored that NVIDIA’s Kal-El platform would be delayed past summer, the chipset vendor has been quick to clear it all up. No, it’s not coming this month. Or next month. The earliest we’ll be seeing it is in October as we’ve only been promised a Fall window, and that’s only for tablets.

For phones, Kal-El won’t be available (or unveiled, at least) until Q1 2012. More specifically, we expect to see some of these devices at CES in January 2012. If you didn’t know already (and we don’t know how you couldn’t), Kal-El is NVIDIA’s quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chipset for all sorts of devices such as tablets, smartphones and netbooks.

It’s said to be a huge step forward over Tegra 2, and in prototype form we’ve seen that with our own eyes. We can’t imagine how good it’ll be in final production form. We look forward to several big name OEMs to at least announce plans to carry a Kal-El (unofficially being called Tegra 3, as well) tablet later this year. [A&M]

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Annnnnnnd. Better go change my underwear.

  2. must have now

  3. Guess I shouldn’t buy that Thinkpad Tablet in September then… -.-

  4. Motorola will be the first one with a Kal-El processor on VZW. It will be ready in February 2012 with a March 1012 launch. We will still be waiting for it on Black Friday 2012.

  5. I feel better about getting that Xoom when the price dropped.

  6. That’s disappointing. They’ve said it multiple times it will come by end of August for tablets, and by Christmas for phones. It looks like it’s been delayed about 2 months for each, or they were wrong about the time-frame by 2 months. Hopefully they won’t promise Tegra 4 for August next year again.

  7. I’m soooooo glad I waited to buy a tablet. I really hope they come out sooner than later. I could really use one for school, but I don’t want to have to buy a new one later, haha

  8. If a tablet comes out with this chip running it with Ice Cream, I will more than likely get one. Assuming I will be able to use the tablet as a gaming console hooked up to my TV using wireless gamepad with it. I am also hoping Google will have announced its Google Games platform by then that is rumored to be utilizing Google+ for a universal friends list, similar to Xbox Live.

  9. Hopefully the tablets are not over $600. lmao

  10. This makes me a sad panda. If this is true it means no Tegra 3 for the Nexus 3/Prime.

  11. Awe. I was hoping to get a quad-core phone when my contract ends in December. Oh well I guess. Maybe I can wait 1 or 2 months.

  12. This is why 2 year contracts suck. And of course, the Kal-El 2 will be right around the corner once this comes out. Should probably just give up on having the latest greatest.

  13. Asus eee pad Transformer 2 will be the first tablet using Kal-El.. expected to be released sometime in October

  14. Spammers should have their genitals cut off and their entrails removed to be then burned in front of them. They should then be cut up into small chunks and have those chunks mailed to other suspected spammers as a warning.

    1. I agree, I have seen this spam everywhere, and I am pretty sure you didn’t get that iPad for 22.87$.

      1. Well technically the final bid could have been $22.87 but how many single cent bid raises at $1.50 a bid did it take to win it?

        And you couldn’t PAY ME $22.87 to take an iPad.

  15. Ah the life of mobile technology. It seems it’s every 6 months to a year that a major bump in hardware occurs and you either have to stick with your device or bite your losses to have the bleeding edge.

    If only upgrades could be on a yearly basis, this whole process wouldn’t be such a low blow to the wallet. The trick is to sell after a year and only shell out a bit out of pocket for the next device and then sell again the following year but actually making a small profit by getting the the next phone at the subsidized (renew contract) problem. The main problem is that these phones are being pushed out so quickly that they lose their value at crazy rates.

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  16. Good Tablet with Tegra 3 is potentially worth $600 since I wouldnt pay that much for Apple product. Also $600 is too bad since all of us were paying $1000 for ancient bulky monstrous towers and gigantic fat old moniters not too long along. LOL

  17. Does this mean my Nexus 3 won’t be sporting a quad core?? :_(

  18. Some demo version of a phone with Kal-el will be shown at CES(jan) or WMC(feb). That phone will not be a final product. A Kal-el phone may be released around march 2012 but will have issues. Finally around Q3 we will see a working version of it worth purchasing in the US, but by then they will already be talking about Tegra 4 and how the slaves need to spend their money on that because it’s like “ZOMG TOTALLY BETTER”.And then the cycle will continue all the way until Tegra 20 which will become self aware and enact the demise of mankind.

    References: SGS2, DROID Bionic, LG Optimus 2X, Moto ATRIX, The Terminator movies.

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