It’s the second day of August, and my fellow Android and Me staffers and I were starting to get excited. August was the month NVIDIA suggested the first wave of devices featuring their quad-core Kal-El processors would be available to the public.
This morning, our hearts started sinking when a post over at Fudzilla suggested Kal-El devices won’t come out in August as originally anticipated. No offense to Fudzilla, but we’re not prime to taking not-well-known blogs at their word, so we reached out to NVIDIA and received the following comment:
Project Kal-El-powered tablets are coming this Fall, and phones around the CES 2012 timeframe.NVIDIAOfficial Statement
This pushes the launch of Kal-El back a full two months to an October release for tablets and to January 2012 for phones. We received an anonymous tip that the ASUS EeePad Transformer 2 will in fact be the first tablet released powered by NVIDIA’s Kal-El processor, but NVIDIA declined comment. This seems very plausible, as Forbes and Slashgear have both recently suggested the Transformer 2 would feature Kal-El. Add the rumors that the Transformer 2 is slated for launch in October, and the puzzle pieces are starting to come together.
Another interesting tidbit from the official NVIDIA statement is that Kal-El won’t be available in phones until early Q1 2012. This lends weight to the speculation that the hotly-rumored Nexus 3 will not, in fact, be powered by NVIDIA when it launches later this year.
Though it looks like we’ll have to wait a few more months to get our hands on Kal-El, what we’ve seen so far suggests it will be very worth the wait. (Assuming the battery life is improved dramatically). For a refresher on what Kal-El can do, check out the following video we featured a few months back.