Nook Color Processor: Is it Fast Enough?

 

By Posted 29 Oct 2010, 03:21

For those of you planning to pick up the Nook Color, you’ll be pleased to know that the final piece of the puzzle has been revealed a few days after it’s unveiling – the all-important processor powering the device.

As Engadget reports, the processor detail was interestingly left out of the official spec sheet during the unveiling of the Nook Color, but we’re pleased that the information has now been released.

The Nook Color will be powered by a ARM Cortex A8-based, 45nm TI OMAP3621 processor – which will run at 800Mhz according to Texas Instruments. Just to give you a quick reference, the TI OMAP chip also runs on the Motorola Droid X smartphone, and the ARM Cortex A8 has been used on a variety of recent hardware.

Is the Nook Color fast enough for you to warrant a purchase though? More details over at Engadget.

  • rienmon

    The Nook Color will not run apps straight out of the Android Market, but that does not mean it cannot run them. In fact, they have done a lot of tests on apps from standard Android smartphones and they pretty much run on Nook Color, which has Android 2.1 under the hood. (The Nook native interface and apps are just standard Android application layers.) Barnes & Noble special Nook SDK runs on top of the standard Android one and gives developers access to exclusive extensions and APIs for the Nook and its interface. So porting Android apps is not difficult. B&N says it is more like optimising them for Nook than porting them.
    Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad.