Samsung Waits on Google's Approval to Build Octa-Core Nexus 11

Samsung is reportedly itching to release a Nexus 11 tablet built around its Exynos 5410 Octa-Core SoC (System-on-Chip) architecture. All that's needed at this point is the green light from Google and then Samsung can begin producing a successor to the Nexus 10 and what would technically be the world's first eight-core tablet. We say "technically" because users wouldn't actually benefit from all eight processing cores being fired up at once.

The Exynos 5410 SoC consists of two quad-core parts, including an ARM Cortex-A15 chip for power-hungry applications like games, and a slower-clocked ARM Cortex-A7 that's tweaked for power efficiency. The platform is built around ARM's big.LITTLE processing technology that's designed to give big performance when needed (A15) while dynamically transitioning to the little cluster of cores (A7) during less intensive tasks to save power and maximize battery life.

Nexus 10
The Nexus 11 would be slighter bigger than the Nexus 10 (shown above) and qualify as the world's first octa-core tablet.

That said, the Nexus 11 is also rumored to feature a Super PLS TFT display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and possibly a micro SD card slot, though that last bit is still up in the air. This is all according to SamMobile, which claims to have received Samsung's tablet plans for 2013.

In addition to the Nexus 11, Samsung is said to be readying a dual-core, dual-SIM Galaxy Tab DUOS 7.0 tablet with a 1024x600 resolution display, a quad-core Galaxy Tab 8.0 slate with a Full HD 1080p display, and a dual-core Galaxy Tab 11 slate.