Rejoice! Obsolescence is near.
Good news, geeks and geekettes, the next generation of tablet PCs is is going to rock in three dimensions. TFTS has a leaked slide from NVIDIA that shows details of a new 3D-capable Tegra 2 chip. It will have two cores clocked to 1.2 GHz.
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Said leaked slide is part of an MWC 2011 presentation, which means we'll be hearing a lot more about this in just a few weeks. The chip is going into production...nowish (Q1) and could be out in products as early as Spring 2011.
So yeah- that Xoom you drop $700 to $800 bucks on might end up being a better buy than the cheaper subsidized version. This market is going to move every bit as fast as the smartphone market. Which puts consumers, especially early adopters, in an awkward position.
On the plus side, the more patient gadget geeks now have an easy way to ration out their addiction to high technology. New tablet one year, new smartphone the next. Repeat on to infinity. Or until a third device category renders the other two obsolete.
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It all really comes down to what you want a tablet for. If it's all about content consumption, and 3D really does it for you, Q1 of 2012 may be the right time to buy- if not holiday 2011. Or you can just do what I (and every other gadget nerd) plans to do. Buy a new tablet now, re-up early next year, and die a pauper surrounded by pretty blinking screens.