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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Qualcomm Tablet Runs Android 4.0 ICS on Snapdragon S4 Chipset

US semiconductor giant, Qualcomm, has showcased the prototype of a tablet running on a Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset (S4) with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (or rather 4.0.1).

That particular system on chip is fabbed using a 28nm process and runs two Krait cores clocked at 1.5GHz, with an Adreno 225 GPU and two 32bit LPDDR2 memory channels.

As for the tablet, it looked more like a digital photo frame with a fairly large bezel and what looked like a 13 megapixel camera with flash. It was perched (at least in Slashgear's pictures) on a rather good looking docking station with what looked like four USB ports and an Ethernet socket.

That tablet will be the blueprint for models coming in 2012, and is likely to be the foundation for the first Windows 8 for ARM tablets that will flood the market next year.

As pointed out by Anandtech, the MSM8960 comes with an impressive array of interfaces: LTE, CDMA2000, GSM, UMTS and TD-SCDMA; which would make it an ideal candidate for the Chinese market.

The chip was already present in the new mobile development platform which was tested by the website back in October.

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